Happy New Years Eve y’all! Before you get sloshed out there and party into the wee hours, I thought I’d give you an opportunity to fill your brains one last time this year with some fiscal sex-savvy-ness (real word, look it up). And everyone knows it ain’t a party without a financial nerd in the house, so soak these up and then get out there on the dance floor and make us proud! 2015 for the
The top 10 most popular articles of the year on Budgets Are Sexy, in no particular order: (And I find it quite amusing that a third of them I didn’t even write – hah!)
★ 5 Money Saving Challenges to Try – Includes the “52 Weeks” challenge, the “No Spend” challenge, the “Less Things” challenge, and the “Quit Reading This Right Now and Just Save Your Damn Money!” challenge, haha… Okay, so maybe I made up that last one, but do go and check out the article – I guarantee all of the experiments work :)
★ My Total Lifetime Earnings & The New Wealth Ratio! – This was a personal favorite of mine. Not only because I got to share how much I’ve made throughout my working life (at least in terms of taxable money), but I also had fun making up a calculation that later went on to be featured in a New York Times article :) How cool is that?
★ Two Kick-Ass Spending Tips – We go over two awesome ways to better help you be more conscious with your spending. The “Stranger” Test, and The “Urgency” Test. Which I literally use EVERY SINGLE TIME I’m in a store. They work, believe me.
★ Side Hustle Series #52: I’m A Lyft and Uber Driver – These companies have been all over the news lately, so it’s no surprise to see our side hustle on it get some good attention in the latter part of the year. My boy Harry dishes the dirt on what’s hot, and what’s not, in the rideshare industry, as well as how much you can make by driving around people yourself with each company. A pretty interesting read. (And promos at the end if you want some free $$ to test out rides yourself!)
★ The Power of Doing Just *ONE* Thing – This is where I share 5 simple ways to become a millionaire. But notice I say simple, and not necessarily easy. Though many of you can certainly accomplish this if you make it a priority. I’m almost half-way there by mainly maxing out my retirement accounts each year!
★ How I Ran A Business Out of a Shoebox and Made $10,000 – This was another side hustle post we featured here, on buying and selling sim cards like a beast on eBay. My man Brent shares how he got into it all, what he did to ramp up the earnings even more, and then shared some tips to pay attention to yourself if interested in doing similar things, as well as offering up his eBay checklist at the end. An interesting read no doubt.
★ My New [Lazy] One-Fund Investing Strategy – I share the time I finally wised up and sold all 47 of my stocks/funds I was invested in (yes – 47!!) and poured all the money into one main index fund with Vanguard instead. I share the names and tickers of all of them – including the one fund I’m now fully invested in – as well as my reasoning for taking such a drastic, but much needed, action. And I haven’t lifted a finger since!
★ How I’m Saving $100+/mo on Our Cell Phone Bill! – I talk about why I dropped my iPhone after nearly half a decade (and which I never thought was actually possible – I loved that thing!!) and how we’re now saving over $100 every month that follows… Hint: I switched to Republic Wireless. (Also – I’m banking ALL saved money for an entire year off this “challenge everything” series, and after 3 months we’re already at over $1,200… No stop till’ (Save)lyn baby!!!)
★ 10 Habits That Made Me a Millionaire at 27 – This articles was a bitter sweet one. It was sweet because the lessons are spot on and would INDEED make you a millionaire if followed, but unfortunately the guy who wrote it ended up to be a fraud after being outted on the homepage of Yahoo Finance… A big shame, considering I had considered him a friend.
★ “Anyone Can Buy That” – This was probably the quickest, and most fun, post for me to write this year. It’s a phrase I repeat to myself multiple times a week whenever I catch myself getting jealous of other peoples’ things. And it’s quite empowering – I urge you to try it!
If you’re a new reader to the site here, hopefully this fills you in with everything you need to know :) And I wouldn’t get mad if you spent the next 10 hours reading through all 1,902 other articles in our 7 year archives either! Or if you…
- Followed me on Twitter
- Liked us on Facebook
- Signed up to get these articles emailed to you when they come out :)
I’d also like to give y’all a mad shout out for helping Budgets Are Sexy grow like crazy this year… With over 2 and 1/2 million page views and 200,000 people now reading the site every month, this little blog ain’t so little anymore! And I wouldn’t be here still spewing my thoughts if no one was on the other end listening. So I tip my hat to you ladies and gents, and thank you for making me one lucky S.O.B(logger).
‘Till next year homies… keep your wallets close, and your credit cards even closer!
Jay loves talking about money, collecting coins, blasting hip-hop, and hanging out with his three beautiful boys. You can check out all of his online projects at jmoney.biz. Thanks for reading the blog!