“My Story”

by J. Money -

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How J. Money became J. Money:

  • Went looking for a 2 bedroom apartment to rent in 2007
  • Got lost and ended up buying a $350,000 house on a whim 48 hours later and with no money down
  • Didn’t have a budget so went searching online…
  • Came across the blogging world and fell in love with “real life” examples and transparency
  • Started BudgetsAreSexy.com anonymously to have fun and be held more accountable
  • Site unexpectedly took off and started making money (20,000,000+ views / $1,000,000+ made)
  • Became a full-time professional and self-employed blogger
  • Increased personal net worth from $50,000 to $700,000
  • Won 12 industry awards, including Blog of The Year and Lifetime Achievement
  • Named a Top “Social Influencer” in personal finance & wealth
  • Constantly featured in the media: Forbes, New York Times, Kiplinger, Entrepreneur, Business Insider
  • Became a Blogging Coach
  • Became a Money Coach
  • Became a Fintech Advisor and Judge (Digit.co/FinCon Fintech Competition)
  • Launched a year-long philanthropy project raising $90,000+ of cash and goods via online micro-donations (and filmed a la Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to show what generosity looks like)
  • Launched Rockstar Finance – a financial community/platform/directory of tools and resources with 5,000,000+ views and named one of Business Insider’s “go-to websites for money advice”
  • Turned down a million dollar offer to be bought out
  • So fortunate to be doing what he loves every day and for the wild twist of fate!

Topics he’s currently passionate about:

  • Tracking net worth
  • Side hustles!
  • Lifestyle (money is a tool for living!)
  • F.I.R.E. (Financial Independence, Retire Early)
  • Harnessing your emotions to improve your finances
  • TAKING ACTION vs just thinking/reading/learning all the time

Personal facts:

  • Daddy of two (soon to be three)
  • Lives in the D.C. area
  • Coin collector and rap lover
  • Rocks a ‘hawk
  • Overall positive person
  • Dreamer and experimenter
  • Loves connecting the online world with the “real” world

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