Frugal Rules is 2!

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Happy Monday friends! It’s hard to believe, but Frugal Rules turned two a little over a week ago. Seeing as the second year of life usually involves things like potty training, I hope this is a much cleaner year for the site – ha!

It’s sort of surreal to think about really. Looking back at when I started the site, I had recently quit my day job to help my wife run her budding advertising business. I had some free time and was missing talking with people about money and how they could manage it better. We have a close family friend who had had her own website for four or five years and not only did she love it, she was actually making income from it as well as from other opportunities it had created. I thought if she could manage a blog then I could. Boy, I had no idea what I was getting myself into!

Seeing as I have absolutely no technical experience to speak of it’s amazing that I was able to get the site up. Honestly, it still surprises me that the site is up most days now. 🙂 But, as I said, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. What I thought would be a simple little hobby that I’d fill my time with quickly took on a life of its own. Not only did I find that I enjoyed blogging, but I also found that there were some great people out there doing the exact same thing I was. A good number of those people have turned into great friends that I would have never met if I hadn’t started a blog.

How My Life Has Changed Since Starting Frugal Rules


As many know, the business my wife and I run is a marketing/advertising business. What we do essentially is copywriting and marketing strategy for our clients. While I had done some writing for the business, my lovely wife always had the pleasure (though I think it’s more of a displeasure actually) of editing my drivel. I never considered myself a writer and most certainly not someone who could be paid for his words.

Fast forward two years and companies are actually paying me to write for them. It’s a bit nutty in my opinion, but I’m thankful for it. I know I don’t talk about income much here on the site, and there are various reasons for that, but I’ve been able to more than replace the income from my day job all thanks to this little ole’ blog and what has transpired because of it. Not only that, but we’re getting clients now for our business who want financial blogging done for their company thanks in large part to Frugal Rules. It’s surreal, really.

The other thing I’ve been pleased to see is that you really can help people through a blog. I get funny looks when I tell friends or family members that, but you can! People out there in the real world read what we have to say and many, if not most, are going through the same struggles we are.

They’re working to pay off debt, they’re starting to invest so they can build a better future for themselves, they’re considering whether they should start their own business and so much more. I know this because I’ve spoken with many out there who are using our experiences for encouragement and motivation. Those are all conversations and relationships I wouldn’t have if I didn’t start Frugal Rules. That is why I blog.

As Frugal Rules marches towards hitting its first million page views next month, I’m excited for the future. I’m excited to see where this thing goes and who else I’ll get to meet. All of that wouldn’t be possible without you, my reader, or the community you’ve helped to build here. For that I thank you.

Last, and most certainly not least, I’d like to thank my beautiful wife. When you work at home with your spouse, you get to see the best and worst of that individual. I can tell you one thing, she has seen more than her fair share of the latter from me. Despite that being the case, she continues to not only encourage and challenge me to keep moving, but also works alongside me to continue to grow this business that she created. Her love alone is much more than enough, so the rest is simply the icing on the cake!

Anyhow, thanks again for joining me on this wild ride. I’m looking forward to seeing what year three brings. As an aside, if you’re considering starting a blog but are uncertain if you should, let me encourage you to look at it. Not only are there some great people on the interwebs, but if you work hard and see it through, it can even become a viable income opportunity, which is the best of both worlds in my book.


Is there a certain area or topics you’d like to see covered here on Frugal Rules in the near future? If you’re a blogger, what is your favorite thing about blogging and why do you blog?



Photo courtesy of: Kelly Sikkema

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John is the founder of Frugal Rules, a dad, husband and veteran of the financial services industry whose writing has been featured in Forbes, CNBC, Yahoo Finance and more.

Passionate about helping people learn from his mistakes, John shares financial tools and tips to help you enjoy the freedom that comes from living frugally. One of his favorite tools is Personal Capital , which he used to plan for retirement and keep track of his finances in less than 15 minutes each month.

Another one of John's passions is helping people save $80 per month by axing their expensive cable subscriptions and replacing them with more affordable ones, like Hulu with Live TV.


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