J. Money

How to Get Health, Wealth and Comfort… in 1890

February 15, 2019
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It’s time to go back in the financial time-machine again! This time to 1890 where this magnificent pamphlet was created to help you get more health, wealth and comfort at the turn of the century… [“Peerless Rockville: How to Get Health, Wealth, Comfort” by Henry N. Copp] There’s a hidden agenda inside (the publishers want you to buy a lot in their new community they’re […]

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Model Ts and Immoral Debts

February 13, 2019
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This is going to sound silly, but I spent the better half of two hours yesterday pouring over Ford Model T’s and debating whether it was worth buying one or not, haha… Of course I chose “not” (who needs a Model T these days???) but it came after reading an article in COINAge Magazine where I learned you could pick one up for only $15,000 […]

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New Book (and Giveaway): “Work Optional” by Tanja Hester of OurNextLife.com

February 12, 2019
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What up what up! Another new $$$ book just hit the shelves today! This one’s called “Work Optional: Retire Early the Non-Penny-Pinching Way” and comes way of Tanja Hester of the popular FIRE blog, OurNextLife.com. It’s been getting some mixed reviews, but considering she retired early at 38 and is now living The Good Life, chances are there are some solid tips in it ;) […]

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Hack #1308: Put yourself in situations where you can’t even spend if you wanted to!

February 11, 2019
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Had to laugh at this recent comment on our Stamp Hustling post: “It’s easier to hit a high savings rate when you’re underwater for 90-day patrols.” Haha… It came from our retired submariner friend, Nords, who RACKED UP the money while out on deployments, and yet it highlights a pretty simple – but obvious! – point: If you don’t have a way to spend your […]

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My new favorite charity right now –> Breadcoin

February 7, 2019
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Mornin’, y’all! You might have seen this already if you follow me on Twitter or my Newsletter, but I had to share it here too because I’m currently OBSESSED with these guys! And not just because they created COINS to give out! Which they did!! ;) It’s a project here in DC called “Breadcoin“, and they’ve pretty much created their own currency which can be […]

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Which “tendency” are you?

February 6, 2019
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Here’s a fun little quiz to help you get over Hump Day ;) Maybe you’ll learn something about yourself? Hi J$, I’ve been listening to Gretchen Rubin’s audiobook “The Four Tendencies” (are you familiar?) and I’ve been completely obsessed with determining what tendency people are. The framework is fascinating. Basically it breaks everyone down by how they handle expectations internally and externally. Upholder Obliger Questioner […]

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New Book Out (and Giveaway): “Financial Freedom” by Grant Sabatier of MillennialMoney.com

February 5, 2019
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Hey guys! Gotta new book for your edification! It’s called “Financial Freedom: A Proven Path to All the Money You Will Ever Need,” and I have a feeling it’ll be blowing up our space here for quite a bit… It just dropped today (Congrats, Grant!), and here’s a clip about it from the author’s own mouth: “The book is a blueprint for fast-tracking financial independence […]

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Net Worth Update: $848,665.47 [Surprise Increase of $57,000?!]

February 4, 2019
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Okay, I don’t know what happened in Jan to change the tides (I only look at my $$$ once a month), but that was a nice surprise out of nowhere! Apparently it was the best January in 30 years?! Whatever happened, I believe it wipes away one of the bigger losses from the past few months… (*goes to double check* – yup! $60,000 drop in […]

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My Favorite Finds This Month 💎💎💎

February 1, 2019
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Well that was a fast month!! 31 days into the New Year already! How are those Resolutions coming along?? ;) Still writing my daily blog posts over here – woop woop! Gonna keep on going with it too as it really is a lot more fun (and easier??) than doing it every other day. Feels like I’m in my 20s all over again circa 2008 […]

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“What are your thoughts on taking a pay cut to land a more dependable job?”

January 31, 2019
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Hey guys! Got our first reader question of the year! Check it out, and then hit her back with some feedback from that beautiful mind of yours if you’re feeling generous today… I’m sure she’s not the only one to ever be put in a situation like this! Hey J$, I’m a longtime reader/lurker of your blog. I love the features where you give someone […]

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4 Ways to File Your Taxes for Free

January 30, 2019
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Morning, hustlers! Anyone already file their taxes and feeling good about it? Yeah, me neither ;) But I have started putting all the paperwork in one neat pile, if that counts for anything?! Haha… The good news though is that there are a handful of *free* places you can file your taxes this year, so before you get into it be sure to check ’em […]

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Financial Confessional: “I Day Trade Penny Stocks”

January 29, 2019
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Our Financial Confessionals are back! Here’s the latest from a guy who not only day trades, but day trades penny stocks 😱 Not a post you’ll typically see on this blog since I’m a huge buy-and-hold/index guy, but as promised earlier in the year, I want to be better about sharing other perspectives and strategies out there… Plus, some of his “rules” here are actually […]

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Did you know there was a Personal Financial Satisfaction Index (PFSi)?

January 28, 2019
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It’s true! And of course was made by a bunch of CPAs, haha… Per the AICPA (American Institute of CPAs): The Personal Financial Satisfaction Index (PFSi) is a quarterly economic indicator from the AICPA which weighs a variety of economic factors to calculate the financial standing of a typical American. The index is calculated as the difference between two component sub-indexes – the Personal Financial […]

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The “Beat Last Year” Budgeting Challenge!

January 24, 2019
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This is one of the best challenges I’ve heard in a while :) From fellow reader, Anne: Hi J, I wanted to share a new challenge I am doing for myself. I eat out at fast food/pizza/restaurants wayyyyy too much, and my personal capital export from 2018 made me feel so bad about it! I am challenging myself to “beat last year!”. Example. Spent $100 […]

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