Happy Happy New Year! Again! Can never keep celebrating fresh starts, am I right? :)
Had a blast going down memory lane with our last post on the most popular articles here on the blog from last year, so thought we’d serve up another fresh batch today/ Only this time featuring *my own favorites*, either because I just really think personally they’re worth sharing again, or because they were really fun or entertaining, both of which we can never have too much of when talking finances ;)
So please to enjoy, my 10 favorite articles from 2016!
#1) How to Make Money More Interesting — You know how everyone says that we need more financial education in schools, and that if we had that everyone would spend less and save more and live out the rest of their lives happily ever after? Well, if I ever become a teacher, here’s how I’d get kids to actually CARE. Because if they don’t care, it’s not going to do diddly! (That’s right – diddly!!)
#2) There Are No Rules! — We can all get caught up in trying to find the *right* path according to our friends or family or hell – even ourselves! – but it’s important to remember that at the end of the day there really are no rules. If you realize you’ve made a mistake with something, or the situation no longer makes as much sense as it used to, don’t be afraid to step back and change it up. Nothing’s ever permanent in life, and no one will care if you go a different route! And if they do, screw ’em.
#3) 8 Fails Over 8 Years of Blogging — Every year I like to go down the list of stuff I’ve learned while blogging, and this time instead of highlighting all the AMAZING stuff from over the years, I decided to share my failures instead. Mainly because you rarely hear about this stuff, yet it’s FAR more common than the successes we’re constantly so used to sharing. I learned a lot from these fails, and hopefully it helps you prevent some of your own throughout your journeys.
#4) Remember That Each Dollar Serves a Purpose! — Do you know one of the most popular questions I get asked in email is?
How I got to be so sexy How to make the most money off your savings :) But here’s the thing – not every dollar of ours is meant to build wealth. The *real* question you should be asking is, “What’s the mission of this dollar I have?” This post goes over the general guideline of where I put all my money, and why.
#5) 7 Awesome Perks Money Buys You — It’s sometimes hard to remember all the small wins you get by being good with your money. Especially as you continue to move up the ladder and strive for bigger and better goals. So this is a tribute to some of those things we once dreamt about when we were still in the paycheck-to-paycheck stage, as well as good reminders of how far we’ve come. If you’re currently in that stage now or just beginning your fiscal journey, use this to help motivate you even further! There is light at the end of the tunnel, and it is glorious!
#6) Good Reasons to Quit Something vs Bad Reasons to Quit Something (And Why I’m Retiring from Podcasting) — One of the goals on my list for years was podcasting. I love talking about money, and really just talking in general, haha, and since it was also a way to grow my “brand” I thought it would be a perfect match. Well, the show was a hit and joining up with Paula from Afford Anything helped make it even more so, but after recording 26 shows I just couldn’t do it anymore. This post here talks about why that was, and turned out to be one of the most raw articles I’ve ever written. It also serves as a great reminder of when it’s time to quit something, whether in life or money or entrepreneurship or whatever. So whether you remember this M.O.N.E.Y. show or not, I think you’ll enjoy the read! Or you can just listen to the episode we also did for a nice throwback as it ended up becoming one of my favorites :) –> Episode #26: The Last Episode with Jay.
#7) How Money’s Handled Around The World — Ever wondered how people save money around the world? Or take out loans, mortgages, get credit scores, pay for college, or even invest in retirement? Well click on over and feast your eyes on these financial factoids spanning from Singapore to Denmark, Brazil, Guatemala, Germany, New Zealand, and all the way to France! You’ll be amazed for the better or the worse, haha…
#8) 8 Ways To Be More Minimalist With Your Money — If you’re tired of always being scatterbrained or feel like your money’s gotten way too complicated over the years, try giving a few of these a shot and see if it makes a difference. Chasing the hottest credit card rewards or highest yield savings certainly has its perks, but so does keeping things SIMPLE. And this is how I do it personally :)
#9) Sometimes a Job is Just a Job — This is one of my favorite posts, recently re-edited and shared here, because it’s a solid reminder that there’s nothing wrong taking a job purely for the money. Whether you love it or not. We talk a lot about pursuing your passions here and going “all in” on yourselves, but the reality is there’s also no shame in just clocking in and out and then getting on with your lives. And truth be told, all of us who may be following our dreams right now have all taken jobs just for $$$ too! And some of us still do! (There’s a handful of things I’d stop doing if I were financially free, but you know – that’s life). So anytime you get down on yourself for not having that “dream job,” read this :)
#10) Dear Wife, Here’s How to Spend My Life Insurance Money When I’m Gone :) — You know what’s awesome? Dreaming about all the things you’d do if you won the lottery. You know what’s kinda-sorta-but-not-really ALSO awesome? Dreaming up all the things your family can do when you die and leave them all that life insurance money ;) In this post I share a letter to my wife of how to handle our money once I’m gone, as well as what I think heaven is made up of… Hopefully I don’t find out soon!
And then here are the runner up posts, because apparently 10 articles wasn’t enough:
- TIP: Make a list of where all your credit cards are listed!
- 19 Ways to Be Better Today Than Yesterday
- Where’s Your Ferrari? <– a fun $ joke
And that wraps up the crazy year of 2016… Back again soon for all things present and beyond! Happy Happy New Year New Year! ;)
Missed the top 10 most *popular* articles of the year? Click here.
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!