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Weekly Reading Roundup – February 24, 2014

Weekly Reading RoundUp - February 24, 2014

Well it has been one heck of a week. After returning from my business trip, I had to buckle down and spend every free moment preparing a paper for my class. This class has been the most stressful and demanding class since starting my masters program. I’m confident it will pay off in the long run, but man is it a pain in the ass today!

Just over a week ago, I launched my BookCrossing project. Thanks to J. Money and Broke Millennial it was seen by a lot of people. Even though I couldn’t really spend anytime online sharing the new post – it was by the busiest week ever on SeeJackSave.

With all that attention I felt pretty good – good enough to tell you about my last $40 and a the self-promise that kicked off my journey towards financial independence. It a story I’ve kept to myself for years…but I feel empowered now that I’ve shared it. The best part about hitting rock-bottom is there is only one direction to go. Up.

Thank you to J. Money and Broke Millennial for sharing my BookCrossing post and thank you to everyone who everyone who stopped by, commented on it and sent me supportive messages. I promise – I’ll be responding to everyone now that I’ve finished my paper.

Because of my class work, I’ve not been reading as much as I normally do, however I did eyeball a few gems. Here is a collection of great reads for the coming week. Make it a good one!

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  • J. Money

    The nice thing about that degree is that you only need to earn it once and then it’s yours forever! Always paying dividends!

    • Jack

      Absolutely – human capital. Invest in myself and earn better returns! :)

  • John S @ Frugal Rules

    Thanks so much for mentioning Grayson’s post over at Frugal Rules, I really appreciate it! Like J said, at least you only have to get it once and it’s a relatively short time of pain. I’m incredibly thankful I got mine but remember how much work it was – thankfully it was before we had kids.. :)

    • Jack

      No problem John. I couldn’t imagine taking my classes while having little ones around. I know a few people who have done it – and wow…they are better people than me. I just can’t see how I’d stay sane!

  • Grayson @ Debt Roundup

    Thanks for the mention of my post on Frugal Rules. I appreciate the support. Good luck on your paper!

    • Jack

      No problem Grayson – it was a great piece. Thanks for the well wishes on the paper!

  • BrokeMillennial

    I’m thinking class will be paying for itself in the long run, even if it’s a bit stressful right now. Thanks so much for sending me back some love! That BookCrossing idea is genius and I secretly hope to stumble across one.

    • Jack

      It should payoff in the long run…actually I’m hoping it will payoff before I finish it. I have my eye on position or two. :) Glad you like the BookCrossing idea. If you want – you can message me an address and I can send you one for you to “release” into the wild. I have had a number of requests already – I hope to send some off this coming week.

  • Laurie @thefrugalfarmer

    Best of luck with that class, Jack. Lots of good stuff for me to read here, thank you!

    • Jack

      Thanks Laurie! So much great content out there – I only wish I had more time to read more of it.

  • SavvyJames

    I can certainly appreciate burning the candle at both ends as I was traveling quite a bit on business while finishing up my first Masters and again in the middle of working on my second.

    “The best part about hitting rock-bottom is there is only one direction to go. Up.” So true. My rock bottom was a divorce that left me flat broke. The silver lining? It launched me on the road to financial freedom.

    I briefly checked out your BookCrossing Project. Great idea!

    • Jack

      A second masters! Wow you are a glutton for punishment! :) I tip my hat to you sir.
      Divorce can be one of the worst derailments in life. Glad you were able to make lemon-aid with those life lemons. Being at the bottom feels terrible – but man, it certainly makes you feel good when you can look back at it from up high.
      Thanks for the feedback on the BookCrossing project. It’s a bit wacky – but hey, got to be willing to take a risk or two right?