superman emergency fund - How an Emergency Fund Can Save Your Finances

How an Emergency Fund Can Save Your Finances

Are you prepared for a financial emergency? It’s not a matter of if you’ll experience a financial emergency, but when. They happen all the time and range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. So that brings us to the next question. How much money do have saved up for emergencies? In January, 2017, Bankrate reported that 57% of Americans don’t have enough cash to cover an unexpected expense of $500. Unfortunately it’s pretty easy for unexpected expenses to exceed $500. Let’s take a look at a few […]

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College Education - College is Expensive! CollegeBacker Makes it Easier to Save

College is Expensive! CollegeBacker Makes it Easier to Save

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and may contain affiliate links. Compensation was provided by CollegeBacker. The opinions expressed are my own. Read my disclaimer to learn more. Do you know how much college costs? The quick answer, a lot. The long answer is, it’s complicated. It depends on the answers to so many questions. Is your child planning on going to a private or public college? Will he/she be going to an instate or out of state University? Does your child want to go to a 4 Year University […]

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Relationships and Money

Why Talking About Money is the Best Medicine for Your Relationship

Can you guess the two biggest pain points in just about every relationship? Most couples biggest pain points are money and sex. Since this is a personal finance blog, you probably want to hear about money. 😉 Think about your relationship. If you’re single, think back to a past relationship. What do you and your partner argue about the most? Where does money rank on that list? I’m willing to bet it’s toward the top. What if there was a way to minimize the stress caused by money? The good […]

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We Paid off $73k Student Loan Debt in 4 years

How We Paid off $73k of Student Loan Debt in 4 years

I first started this site to share our debt free story and help families get out of debt. I’ve shared bits and pieces of our debt free story, but never the full sha-bang. Well here it is. On May 27, 2017 my wife and I became debt free, paying off $73,000 of student loans in just under four years. In this post, I want to show you exactly how we did it and give you hope that it’s absolutely possible to pay off your own student loans (or any debt […]

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Frugal Isn't Always the Only Option

Frugal Isn’t Always the Only Option

A couple weeks ago our oven started on fire. Before you freak out, it isn’t as dramatic as it might sound. I was cooking pizza with friends and the heating element in our electric oven shorted out and sprouted a small flame a few inches high. In slight panic, I yelled to my friends and was frantically going through the options in my head. Thankfully my friend suggested cutting the power, which easily took care of everything. After further inspection, the heating element was completely fried and we lost the […]

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We’re Having a Baby! We’re Preparing, But Still Clueless

The title says it all, We’re having a Baby!!!! I can’t even describe how excited I am to be a Dad. My wife and I get giddy just thinking about being parents, and learning about all the amazing ways our tiny baby is growing. In case you’re wondering, at 19 weeks, the baby is the size of a tomato and weighs half a pound! For the most part, we don’t feel too freaked out or terrified that we’ll soon be responsible for an entire human life. I mean, there’s a […]

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Get to know you survey

Please Take My “Get to Know You” Survey

Providing Valuable Content Means Knowing My Audience September was another awesome month for Mr. Jamie Griffin! The site saw the second highest number of people visiting to find advice on financial freedom and getting out of debt! That’s amazing! With such a great growing community, I want to take time getting to know all of you. My biggest goal for this site is to help families find financial freedom and get out of debt. The best way I can do that is learn more about YOU!  The reason I started […]

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6 Tips to Keep You Motivated

Feeling Frustrated by Your Budget?

6 Tips to Keep You Motivated I’ll let you in a secret. It’s OK to feel frustrated by your budget! I’ve found it to be a natural part of the process of creating great financial habits. Sticking with our goals amidst extreme frustration is one of the reasons we’ve been so successful since we started this crazy journey four years ago! I want to give you some tips that worked for us to stay motivated and hit our financial goals in stride! Everyone Needs Motivation From Time to Time We […]

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You Need to Be Teachable

To Improve Your Finances, You Need to Be Teachable

There are experts everywhere. I believe anyone can learn anything they want, if they find the right teacher. I believe if you really want to change and to improve your finances, you need to be teachable! True change requires knowing that you don’t have all the answers. If I want to change, I need to find someone who can teach me what I need to know. If improving your finances is a high priority, it’s time to find experts to teach you how to change. Most People Aren’t Willing to […]

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Chicken and Sushi - Can You Stop Going Out to Eat for 30 Days?

Can You Stop Going Out to Eat for 30 Days?

One of the cornerstone pieces of Jenna and me paying off $73,000 of student loans in less than 4 years came from a single decision. We chose to trust Jesus when He asked us to stop going out to eat. It sounded crazy, radical, and downright impossible. But we said yes, and it’s been life changing. Eating Out vs. Cooking Family Dinners Eating out is easy, convenient, and much more efficient than cooking meals at home. There’s no preparation and no clean up. However, you’re paying for a service and […]

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