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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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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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Cheap Hobbies

Starting a Hobby Doesn’t Have to be Crazy Expensive

Dungeons & Dragons: The Ultimate Cheap Hobby This summer I started a new hobby. Warning, it’s EXTREMELY NERDY!!! I got a small group of friends together and began playing Dungeons & Dragons! We’ve only had a couple sessions so far, but it’s an absolute blast! Before you decide this post is too nerdy, let me explain another reason I love this new hobby! The best thing about Dungeons and Dragons is how cheap it is to play! It made me wonder if there are any other super cheap hobbies. Starting […]

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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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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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Organic Grapes Budgeting

Can You Buy Organic Food on a Budget?

Every time I wander through the grocery store with our grocery list in hand, I am bombarded by signs for organic food. And holy cow, it’s expensive! It makes me wonder, is organic food worth it? Is it possible to buy organic food in a budget? The Benefits of Organic Food There are several benefits to eating organic food. According to Consumer Reports, since organic foods are made with fewer pesticides and chemicals, you’re putting less chemicals in your body. As a result, you are more likely to save on […]

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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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Back to School Supplies Shopping

5 Tips to Save Money on Back to School Supplies

Summer is coming to a close, cue the sad music, and that means back to school shopping! As a middle school teacher, I feel the same back to school blues as students. Of course, I am also really excited to get back into my classroom and see my students again, but I always cringe when I see the giant pencil and notebook signs show up at Target in the middle of July. WAY TOO SOON! The good news is you can save money on back to school supplies! After reading […]

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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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