Happy New Year, budgeters!
Y’all having a nice day off, or kicking it off with a little hustle? Anyone still hungover? ;) If you’re on the grind, avert your eyes and get back to it!, but if you’re chillin’ and ready to enjoy yourself a little, sit back, grab a cup of warm caffeine, and feast your eyes on our best hits from 2016…
But first, some nifty stats!
- Total number of page views on the blog this year: 5,067,547
- Total number of people who came to visit: 3,913,539
- Total number of articles written: 141
- Longest article written: 1,000,272 characters! One of my favorite, yet not-so-internet-friendly posts where I showed you exactly what $1 Million Dollars looks like in $ signs :) (Hint: there were over 1 million of them which WordPress, nor web browsers, nor cell phones liked. So if you click over, be prepared for your system to slow down and/or crash! Still, I pulled it off!)
- Number of times I’ve said “like” “totally” or added a smiley: 1,373,917,132,001 :)
- Lists I started but never finished: 1 (100 Things List)
- Nerdy holidays we celebrated: 2 (National Spreadsheet Day, Be A Millionaire Day)
- Games I made up and fake Trademarked: 1 (The Financial Empowerment Game™)
Also, some funny Google searches I’ve saved over the year (from people searching and then getting to my blog – maybe you were one of them? ;))
- “is getn money d only way to win a girl”
- “how many mustards can be purchased with one coupon”
- “why do rich people look beautiful?”
- “CAN I BE SENT OVER TWO MILLION ON MY NEW SAVINGS ACCOUT ?”
- “cost of amish taxi in ky”
- “are morticians rich”
- “anyone need goodlooking bouncer”
- “i want to sell my Virginia”
- “does Walmart wash returned clothes”
- “shel silverstein my dad gave me a dollar”
- “if he has a gold amex is he rich”
- “your income reflects your soul”
(Okay, I lied – these are only the funniest searches from the past 24 hours (!). I totally need to be keeping track of these better throughout the year though… they’re hilarious! Here are others we’ve shared over the years though: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2010, 2010, 2009)
The Most Popular Articles of 2016!
Okay, to the meat! Here are the most popular articles from all of 2016 based on total number of page views (and written IN 2016). If you enjoy this today, I’ll do another post this week on my *favorite* posts from the year… mainly written by me as half of these are not – hah :) (Update: favorite posts made!)
#1) How a Spreadsheet Changed My Life — This is a story of how a reader here completely changed his finances around when he started building out a customized spreadsheet. He details out what all 12 tabs of it does for him (yes, 12!!), and then shares screenshots of his actual numbers too. It’s a good one if you’re into this sorta stuff ;)
#2) I’ve Made $20,000 Through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk –Another guest poster takes a top spot here with Side Hustle #65 on hustling “turks.” He shares tips on how he makes a few hundred dollars each month, as well as the ins and outs of it. HINT: You need lots of time and patience to get it up and going.
#3) WE SOLD OUR HOUSE! NO MORE MORTGAGES!! — Ooooh one I wrote! And BOY was it a good one – at least for our peace of mind :) We had been wanting to offload our house for yearrrs but never had the cajones to pull the trigger until one day our renters had to dip and we decided to JUST DO IT. Almost a year later we couldn’t be happier, and I’ve almost forgotten what a hassle maintaining a house used to be, or the gobs of cash we had sunk into it – even to just sell it! We’re now FREE, baby, FREEE!!
#4) Finally – The Magic Number You Need to Retire!! — This was one of my all-time favorites to write, just because I was sick and tired of all those “financial experts” out there rattling off nonsense about how everyone needs $X Million in their accounts to retire, as if they knew each and every one of our stories. How can you tell someone living off $20,000 a year that they’d need the same amount as someone going through $80,000 a year?? And then depress the $20,000 frugal one into thinking he needs to work for the next 60 years of his life or else HE’LL NEVER SURVIVE, AGHHHH! Please… It has nothing to do with your income or any other arbitrary numbers out there – it’s all about your lifestyle. Namely, spending.
#5) 29 Quick Money Tricks — This was a cool round up of tips that I got from my social media followers one day when I was bored :) I asked them the following question, and got a TON of juicy answers in return: “What’s a quick trick you do with money? To save, invest, or pay down debt, etc?”
#6) The 7 Most Mind-Blowing Ways to Save Money E-V-E-R — This was another sarcastic post of mine (I’m sensing you guys like those? Haha…) in which I share a handful of the most ridiculous “tips” these same experts spout as if the only thing in life that mattered was money. Or that some of these were as easy to do as tying your shoes. Oh, never get a divorce?? Damn – I should have known that was going to happen 17 years from now, why didn’t I see that coming! (Ohhhh you know what? I’ll just stay with my abusive partner instead – that’ll def. save me some good cash over the next 5 decades…)
#7) 11 Awesome Money Ideas — Another roundup of quick tips including starting a “financial notebook,” a clever way to charge your kids rent, how to better chart your net worth progress, tips on paying down debt and spending less, Financial Fasts, Giving Circles, and the opposite of “To Do” lists with the “To Done” list!
#8) How Angelina Jolie Budgets (It’s Good!) — This was both a surprise find, and a surprise hit, haha… A) I had no idea Mrs. Jolie was so good with her money! And B) I didn’t think it would turn into such a resource for budgeting ideas either. Something I ended up adding in the end right before publishing it. So if you’re on the hunt for a new budgeting plan, see if any of the ones here help!
#9) Declining a Million Dollar Deal, and My Upcoming Sabbatical — Most of y’all already know about this one, but for any (super) new people to the site, I went back and forth on accepting a pretty hefty offer for my blogs and I eventually turned it all down in order to go All In on myself… So far it’s been a blast and I’m launching stuff left and right, but time will tell whether my wallet ever forgives me ;) On the plus side, you would just be staring at a blank screen right now had I taken it! Haha…
#10) The First $100,000 Is The Hardest — People like to say that the first MILLION is the hardest, and that would be true, but the fact is you can’t make it anywhere near a million before first hitting 100 thousand! And this post gets into why that is, as well as how long it’s taken me to hit my first $100k, and then each additional $100k thereafter. Let’s just say the first one took decades slower than the others ;)
The most popular service we reviewed in 2016? YNAB (You Need A Budget). Where my boy Vic gave us an inside peek on the pros and cons, as well as screenshots of his own account and how it’s turned around his entire finances. The service has changed a little since the review, but we made sure to add an addendum to the end to still keep it helpful. And spoiler alert: it’s still just as awesome.
And here – the post that ruffled the most feathers, haha…. Bye Bye Frankencaddy, Hello Car Payments! I don’t think I’ve ever had a bigger day of unsubscribes from this blog :) Apparently you’re never allowed to go in debt as a financial blogger and/or get a luxury vehicle, haha… I did learn that over a dozen of YOU also have a Lexus RX like me though! That was cool! And so far I haven’t gone bankrupt. *Fingers crossed*
There you have it! All you had to do was read this one post all year ;) Let me know if you’d like me to share my *favorite* 10 posts of the year too like I did last year and I shall serve ‘er right up for ya.
In the meantime, keep on keeping on! It’s going to be a damn good 2017 – I can feel it.
Want to see previous “Best Ofs”? Here you go:
(Don’t ask me what happened to the other years…)
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!