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New Job Benefits, FI Workshops, and What Is J$ Up To?

August 7, 2020
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Time flies! It’s been two full months since taking over this blog. I haven’t gotten any death threats yet, the nasty feedback I receive is vastly outweighed by encouraging emails, J$ seems to not have any regrets so far, and my employer hasn’t fired me yet! (!ctually, they just gave me a small pay increase and extended our contract – more on that below.) All […]

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Elvis has left the building … but the show must go on!

June 1, 2020
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One random Wednesday morning, I was checking my spam email folder and came across an interesting message. It was from a guy saying he worked at “Soapbox, a Motley Fool company.” He said that he checked out some of my writing, liked my positive vibe, and wanted to talk about an “opportunity to become the new face/voice of a blog they recently purchased.” This didn’t […]

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Farewell, my friends!

May 29, 2020
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Well this is The Day, my friends!! 12 years, 3 months and 17 days since writing my first post here, and now it’s time to say farewell! Eek! We sure had fun though, didn’t we??? And got a lot OLDER in the process? Lol… I started this blog in my 20s and ended in my 40s! With kids and a mortgage and a dog! :) […]

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Who the heck is 5am Joel?

May 8, 2020
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Good morning, all! Nice to meet you, I’m Joel. I’m the new guy. Hang on a sec, where is J. Money? As J announced earlier this week, he’s slowly stepping away from blogging here. He’ll be passing the reins over to me starting in June. 😬 Good news though, J’s not going too far!… He just extended his contract with Soapbox (the peeps who own […]

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My last month on the blog :)

May 4, 2020
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Morning friends, old and new! Welp, it’s that time of the journey where I start phasing out of the blog here and pass the torch on to a younger, more impassioned, person to continue spreading the good word! One of the scariest things I’ll ever do as I’ve been blogging here for over *a fourth* of my life now (!!!), but as novelist Paulo Coelho […]

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Some life updates :)

March 6, 2020
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Morning! Snagged that dollar up there at my local thrift last month – isn’t it cool? :) Here’s a bunch of updates on things we’ve blogged about over the months in case you were wondering on any of ’em… If I missed anything, just holler! Minivan — Two months in now and still driving it! The newness has worn off and I don’t enjoy it […]

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Did you know…

February 25, 2020
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Did you know… **That if your cash gets damaged, you can send it into the Treasury department and their forensic team will help recover it and send you back a check?** “Every week, the federal office in Southwest Washington receives hundreds of padded envelopes, boxes and even safes stuffed with cash ravaged by water, fire, shredding machines, insects or a canine’s teeth… Last year, the […]

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My *Favorite* Blog Posts of The Year!

January 3, 2020
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Happy Friday!! So yesterday we shared the most popular blog posts from across the year, but today I wanted to highlight some of the ones that were my FAVORITES to publish. Either because they were fun as hell to write, or because they contained some little nugget that got me to think about stuff in a new way. And not relating at all, but today […]

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The Most Popular Posts This Year!

January 2, 2020
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Morning, my dudes! (as said like my 5 y/o) Hope you had a great New Year’s break! Did you see that note the J. Money Fairy left us yesterday??! A true story that’s important to keep in mind as the year ticks on ;) But while we’re still in the spirit of reflecting right now, I thought we’d continue the tradition of sharing the most […]

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Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for being in my life!

November 27, 2019
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Just a quick message today to wish you and your loved ones a most happy (and drama free) Thanksgiving holiday, and to thank you from the bottom of my heart for making my life 100x better over the last 11 years :) I know I say it a lot, but if it weren’t for you guys coming here every day I would have quit this […]

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New Beginnings, and The Future of Budgets Are Sexy

September 2, 2019
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Morning guys!! So I have something to announce today that I’m super excited – and super scared!! – to share, but as we always do here on the blog I’ll be as transparent and real as possible with y’all, and hopefully by the end of it you’ll still want to be friends :) This wild and crazy news that I still can’t believe I’m about […]

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Goood morning!!! I’m back!

August 13, 2019
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It’s been a while, eh? :) Anything wild or crazy happen with y’all lately? Some wild stuff happened here – but unfortunately not all in the “fun” department, haha… I just got back from an ER visit this weekend where I found out I have pneumonia (oops), making it the 2nd time at the hospital this month as we were just there when my son […]

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Taking a Sabbatical for the rest of the month! Don’t miss me too much ;)

July 3, 2019
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Hey guys! So in an effort to be more “present” for our upcoming move and really soak everything in, I’ll be taking a break from blogging for the month of July (and the first week of August while we family vacay) to help slow down life more and enjoy the upcoming changes in our life :) I’ve caught myself trying to rush through everything here […]

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12 Major Decisions and How We Feel About Them Now

June 26, 2019
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Morning! Got a notification that it was my anniversary on a couple things this week (picking up my Lexus from Carmax (3 years), switching to Republic Wireless (5 years!)), and thought it might be helpful to see how we feel about it years later now :) Do I wish I could go back on any of them?! Did any of them completely change my life??! […]

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