J. Money

New Book (and Giveaway): “The House Hacking Strategy”

October 8, 2019
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Morning!! Got another book for y’all that’s about to drop on the scene: The House Hacking Strategy: How to Use Your Home to Achieve Financial Freedom by Craig Curelop of BiggerPockets.com – one of the best online communities for this stuff. It doesn’t come out until next week, but I snagged a few copies for you :) Before we get to that though, let me […]

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Should we buy this Benz?!

October 7, 2019
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So here’s an interesting deal that recently popped into my inbox! A cousin of mine asked if any of us need a new car as he’s about to sell his that he hardly uses anymore (and we do! My wife’s is getting pretty decrepit!), and out of all the cars in the world it’s one of my FAVORITES from back in the day! A Mercedes […]

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Favorite reads this month 🍂🍁☕

October 4, 2019
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Mornin’! Here are a bunch of my favorite reads I’ve starred from around the web this month… Everything from email hacks to travel tips to financial simulations, velcro discoveries, wisdom of life, Twitter hacks, and even vertical graveyards. If your life doesn’t get at least 1% better after reading these I quit :) Grab some coffee and enjoy!! ****** The Wisdom of Life by Arthur […]

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Children now average $30 a week in allowance?!

October 3, 2019
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Saw this in a press release this morning and almost spit out my coffee! Children average $30 a week in allowance Daaaang!!! Inflation sure has gotten crazy over the years! That is exactly $29 more a week than I got as a kid, and $28 more/week than I got when I was a teen ;) Which wouldn’t have even covered a measly pack of baseball […]

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Lifestyle Creep… Isn’t That Kind of the Point?

October 2, 2019
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[Morning! Please enjoy this guest article today from my boy Nick over at Side Hustle Nation who stops by the blog to share the evils – and perks? – of lifestyle inflation with us. Always gotta stay vigilant as it’ll get you good if you’re not paying attention! Help us out, Nick!] ******* Most of what you’ll find on the Internet are articles on how […]

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New $$$ Book Out Today + Giveaway: Choose FI!

October 1, 2019
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Hey guys!! Another book drops from our community today – and it’s a big one! Choose FI: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence by Chris Mamula, Brad Barrett, and Jonathan Mendonsa A copy you 100% want to own if you’re a fan of the Choose FI movement ;) Or just FIRE in general! These guys have lived and breathed this stuff for years now, and this […]

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Net Worth Update Day!! How You Livin’?

September 30, 2019
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Morning gang! That time again to update the ol’ net worth! It’s a sad one for me this time around since it’ll be the first one in 11 and 1/2 years where I *don’t* share mine in all its naked glory (!!), but rest assured I’m still doing it in the background until I can figure out a way to divulge without breaking any promises, […]

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My Name is Fern, and I Work at a Cemetery

September 27, 2019
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So a friend of mine recently told me she WORKS AT A CEMETERY full-time now (!!!), and after spitting out my coffee and then asking her a million questions, she was kind enough to write up a little ditty for us today which I’m beyond excited to share ;) I’m very familiar with hanging out and visiting cemeteries as it’s one of the most serene […]

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One tweak a week!

September 26, 2019
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Here’s another idea for you to try! Work on tackling just *one* thing a week relating to your money, and then enjoy the satisfaction of both improving your finances AND being able to check something off the to-do list ;) BOOM! // End of post Haha… But it’s not my brilliant idea, here’s Suzanne who was inspired to do this and share it with us: […]

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Having a hard time paying off debt? Try a Money Board!!

September 25, 2019
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Here’s a new idea for you today if you’re having a dickens of a time paying off debt… It was dropped on our post the other day on those money notebooks, and as soon as I saw it I immediately had fingasms… (That’s right – I said fingasms!!) For budgeting, I’ve used excel and now YNAB. Pretty boring stuff. But the real magic is in […]

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“You Save More Than Money With United States Savings Bonds!”

September 24, 2019
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BOOM! The U.S. going hard in their marketing last century!!! Haha… That line came from a bunch of old savings bonds ads I came across over the weekend while poring over old phone books (I’m a fun date on a Saturday night, let me tell you!), and thought it was pretty coincidental since I was literally about to blog about savings bond *stamps* based on […]

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10+ Money Ideas to Try Out

September 23, 2019
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Morning!! Here are a bunch of ideas for y’all to marinate on today, courtesy of some really smart – and good looking – readers of the site ;) Including: gamer guilds, anti-bucket lists, value tracking tabs, credit score tests, mortgage time travel!, paycheck challenges, “what to do when I’m dead” letters, and then a half dozen ideas on gift giving. Let me know if you’re […]

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A Peek Inside Amanda’s Money Notebooks!

September 20, 2019
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Another day, another person’s money to snoop around in! Haha… And this time along with some nifty MONEY NOTEBOOKS! The budgeting method of choice from our featured reader today – Amanda – which I just love for a number of reasons. First, anytime you *physically* track stuff it tends to sink in better!, and second – it’s always nice to see a snapshot from someone […]

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Should have listened to dad…

September 19, 2019
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Saw a funny message yesterday that brought back some memories ;) HAHA… yup! Sounds about right! Cars were right up there along with beers and girls for me and my friends too in the post high school years ;) Who wanted to SAVE their money???! And similar to Brandon, I too had a few #shouldhavelistenedtodad moments in the pre-J. Money days. Which I’ll happily share […]

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