Reader Profile – John from Frugal Rules

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Today, in the ongoing Reader Profile Series, we’re getting to know MPFJ.com reader and enthusiastic commenter, John, from the site, Frugal Rules (also shown in the picture to the right – Sorry to disappoint ladies, he says he’s married in the 2nd paragraph below). Let’s all give John a big round of applause for sharing his life with us and listen to his story. Enjoy!

Also, if you’re interested in sharing your own financial story/journey with us in a reader profile of your own, just shoot me a quick email, and we can get the ball rolling!  

1. PLEASE TELL EVERYONE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF (BACKGROUND, EDUCATION, FAMILY SITUATION, ETC).

My name is John, and I’m the founder of Frugal Rules, a blog created to help people experience financial freedom through frugality. I’m passionate about budgeting, saving, and investing and enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience with others so they can avoid making some of the mistakes that I’ve made. 

A veteran of the financial services industry, I have an MBA in Finance and experience as a licensed stockbroker. I’m married with three young children and run an advertising business from my home with my wife. I left my former position nine months ago to grow our advertising business, which my wife started three years ago. 

2. DESCRIBE YOUR CURRENT FINANCIAL SITUATION (WHO WORKS IN YOUR FAMILY, HOW YOUR INCOME IS, YOUR EXPENSES, ETC.).

My wife and I run our business together from our home. While being self-employed has its rewards and risks in terms of income and expenses, we wouldn’t trade it for anything. We run a lean ship and as a result, the only debt we have is our mortgage payment. We’re seeing our business grow weekly, which has us excited and hopeful about the future.

3. WHAT ARE THE CURRENT FINANCIAL CHALLENGES YOU ARE FACING (SAVING, PAYING OFF DEBT, STUDENT LOANS, MERGING FINANCES AFTER RECENTLY BEING MARRIED, ETC.)?

When I left my job last year, we weren’t in a position to actively sock away money for retirement. Precious extra income went back into the business to help it thrive. Now that we’re more established, we’re looking forward to actively contributing to our retirement accounts regularly from here on out. 

4. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE (RETIRE EARLY; BUILD YOUR CAREER, ETC.)?

Our plans are to continue to build our business and see it grow to new levels of success. We’re actively working toward the point where we can be managing our own advertising agency. 

5. WHAT’S YOUR BEST PIECE(S) OF FINANCIAL ADVICE AND/OR YOUR GENERAL PHILOSOPHY ON PERSONAL FINANCES?

My basic financial philosophy is simple – make your money work for you. 

Whether you call it a “money plan” or a “budget,” it’s critical to know where your money is going and what it is, or isn’t, doing for you. Be wise about your spending and look for ways to make additional income with an eye toward the future. Life is meant to be fun, but that desire for entertainment has to be balanced with a thoughtful outlook that keeps the future in view.

Today should be enjoyed, but not at the expense of the future. Save now, invest now, and be wise with your money now so that you can afford to live how you want in the future, particularly after you retire.

    ***Photo courtesy of http://www.frugalrules.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Profile-Picture.jpg

    Comments

    1. therandompath says:

      Awesome reader profile! I too read John's blog on the regular.

    2. John is a great guy and somehow finds the time to comment everywhere. He is a busy man and a great person to spotlight.

      • John S @ Frugal Rules says:

        Thanks for the kind words Grayson! What can I say, I've become an artful multi-tasker 🙂
        My recent post Shout Out Saturday #5

    3. Always cool to see a reader profile of a blogger a read regularly! Thanks for putting this together.
      My recent post Personal Finance Round Up, Mentions and Carnivals #43

    4. John S @ Frugal Rules says:

      Thanks again Jacob for allowing me the opportunity to share a bit of my background! Thanks also for asking me as well!
      My recent post Shout Out Saturday #5

    5. Great story, Ill have to check out John's blog soon!
      My recent post How to Save Money on Milk

    6. Canadianbudgetbinder says:

      Hey John,
      What a great reader profile and I'm sure your business will pick up with lightening speed with both the time and dedication you both put into it. Cheers mate.
      My recent post The Saturday Weekend Review #7~ Return Fraud Costs Big Bucks!

      • John S @ Frugal Rules says:

        Thanks Mr. CBB! Business is well, but a lot of the credit has to go to my lovely wife…she's the real engine behind our growth.
        My recent post Shout Out Saturday #5

    7. Ha! For some reason I thought John was much, much older. I love getting to know people!

    8. Shannon-ReadyForZero says:

      I love the “make your money work for you” advice! So great to get to know you a little better
      My recent post 10 Mental Barriers to Paying Off Debt: Not Making Debt Payoff the Top Priority

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