This is totally random, but very totally true.
On Friday I see the following tweet:
— Stefanie Mullen (@ooph) June 21, 2013
I think I’m pretty funny, so I write back:
“@ooph Nice! I’ll enter only if @JustinBieber tells me he budgets and thinks they’re sexy ;) Deal?”
Now, two things before I continue:
- I had no idea who was sponsoring this giveaway other than my friend “ooph” (Stephanie Mullen)
- I also didn’t care if I won a chance to meet Justin or not, though I did enter cuz it would be funny. I just thought it would be fun to get a response from either of them acknowledging how witty I am ;)
(Note: I did not win, nor did Justin respond to my awesome tweet (probably because I keep referring to him by first name as if we’re friends), so if that’s the ending you’re wishing for you can stop here ;))
Okay, so I click on the giveaway link to go see what the fuss is about and to waste a few more minutes procrastinating, and it turns out that Justin is, indeed, in a video there talking about – wait for it, wait for it – BUDGETING!! And responsible money management!! Holy Cow! What are the odds???
You can see for yourself here: (It’s only 50 seconds)
If you’re at work, or don’t want to get caught watching the Biebs, here are the takeaways:
- He didn’t have a lot of money growing up
- He had to save for stuff he really wanted
- He had to learn how to make a budget
- If you have $100 or $100 Million dollars, if you spend more than you have you’re gonna go broke
- Have a talk with your family about money.
- Managing your money is important
Pretty pimp stuff!!!! Now granted it was in partnership with a company promoting a financial product I’ve never heard of before (SpendSmart – makers of prepaid cards for teens?), but if it’s good enough for the Biebs it’s good enough for me. Just kidding… Kind of.
Regardless, I find this entire thing to be magnificent. I’m all about “making it rain” with my fellow rappers out there, but as an adult I know all about responsibility and when things are appropriate to do and when not. For kids and fans of Bieber I guarantee this holds a lot of weight with them, and to use his fame for good is just beautiful. Who knows how many people will go out and do that cuz Biebs told them to? And why do I keep calling him “Biebs” as a 33 y/o male? ;)
Anywho. I thought this was prime blogging material and I hope you got as much of a kick out of it as I did. If not, well, I just wasted an hour of my life :) I just hope I’ll continue passing on the good word about money too when I’m rich and famous one day… I’m not sure how long it takes to become a world renown treasure hunter, but if you ever catch me forgetting where I came from I give you full permission now to bitch slap me on national television. If Justin can keep his head on right, so can I.
UPDATE: My friend Bill over at FamZoo.com just sent me this link on how the Biebs is getting $3 MILLION+ for partnering up with SpendSmart. Now THAT’S how to get paid for talking about budgets! Haha… I’ll have to give him a ring and get some pointers… I don’t get nearly as much for doing so;)
[Photo by Joe Bielawa / Truth by J$]
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!