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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Family Budgeting Decisions Together

Budget Decisions Should Be Made as a Family

If you’ve been following my blog, you might have noticed that I use the pronoun “we” a lot. In fact, it’s pretty common for me to fluctuate back and forth between “We” and “I.” There’s a good reason for this. I believe that financial decisions should be made as a family.  Most of the time I don’t even think about it, I just write whatever flows out, but there are times that I am very intentional about which wording I use. The Transition from “I” to “We” If you’ve ever […]

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Creating a Financial System

Key to Financial Freedom: Setting Up a System to Succeed

I’ve got an awesome guest post for you today from Kathy Mason, a Finance Coach and Blogger! I’m excited for her to share her wisdom on the keys to financial freedom and how to set up a great system for success! Enjoy! ~ Mr. Jamie Griffin Whether it is getting out of debt or beginning to start a nest egg, setting fixed and achievable goals should be your first step. Below are 5 tips to getting you started in moving in the right direction: 1. Set Goals Immediately Delaying when […]

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Getting Out of Debt

Want to Get Out of Debt? Start Here, And Start Now

Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links. I would earn a little money with no extra cost to you. The opinions expressed are my own. Read my disclaimer to learn more. Feel like debt is ruling your life? Let me tell you a story about someone who got in way over his head with debt. He graduated college with a Teaching Degree and started his first big boy job as a paraprofessional. He thought he had it made. After all, the American dream is to go to college, get a […]

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Tortoise and Hare Money Lessons

What the Tortoise and Hare Taught Me About Money

We are all familiar with the story of the tortoise and the hare. The tortoise is a long shot to win the race because he’s soooo slow, while the hare is the easy favorite with his quickness and speed. When the whistle blows, the hare sprints out of the gates and gets a huge lead over the slow, barely moving tortoise. It seems obvious that the hare will win, but we all know how it ends; the tortoise somehow, through insurmountable odds finds a way to win. I think there […]

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Bridge to Debt Freedom

How We Paid Off $29,500 of Debt in 2016

My wife Jenna and I started our plan to aggressively pay off our student loans in 2013. In that time we have paid off nearly all of our debt, increasing our total amount paid every year. It has been a long road, and while the end is in sight, I want to reflect a little on how we got this far. I know that most people reflect sometime in January, but March is still pretty early in the year right? Better late than never! In 2016, we had our biggest […]

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Beach Vacation Pay Cash

How to Save for Vacation and Pay Cash

As it gets closer and closer to summer, I can’t help but dream of vacation. Being a teacher, I am just as excited as my students for summer vacation to hit so that I can run out of the school with my arms in the air, yelling and jumping around. In my head I picture confetti raining from the upper floor windows, music playing over all of the loudspeakers, and teachers and students waving goodbye, bounding off to enjoy summer adventures. Why can’t we all be as excited to go […]

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Start a Wordpress Blog with Bluehost

How to Start a Blog Today with Bluehost and WordPress

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase a hosting plan with Bluehost using my exclusive links, I will earn a small commission. It doesn’t cost you any extra, but will help support my blog. The opinions I express throughout this post are entirely my own. Read my full disclaimer to learn more. I think Yoda said it best, “Do or do not, there is no try.” If you are thinking about starting a blog, don’t mess around thinking about it, or trying it out. Either don’t start one, […]

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New Year Fix Finances After Holidays

Getting your finances back on track after the holidays

First off, for any new visitors, let me introduce myself. My name is Jamie Griffin, or Mr. Jamie Griffin around here, and I am a middle school teacher. Aside from teaching, my other great passion in life is teaching people how to get out of debt and get ahead in finances. I graduated from college with about $50,000 in student loan debt, which jumped up to $90,000 when I got married. In the last four years, my wife and I have worked extremely hard to become debt free. We will […]

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