Tuesday Tip Jar: Get Involved with the Online Financial Community

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Welcome to another “Tuesday Tip Jar” where I will share awesome savings and financial tips as I find them. I might not have something for you every Tuesday, but when I do, you’ll find it here!

If you’ve got a financial tip you think others would benefit from, please send it to me via my contact page at the top of the blog!

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Family is important. A good strong family will support you when you are down, cheer you when you are up, and tell you candidly when that all-natural deodorant you’ve switched to isn’t doing its job as well as you think it is.

With some things however, you may not always feel comfortable discussing the matter with your family. For me, finances fall squarely into that category for a few reasons. Unless it’s my wife, who I blabber to about finances until I’m blue in the face.

So when my wife finally told me I needed to go at least 30 minutes without saying “401k,” “savings,” “bills,” or “debt,” I knew I had to find an avenue for discussing financial strategies and seeking others who could aid us in our journey to financial independence.

Luckily we live in a day and age where there are a million ways to find people willing to talk with you about any subject you could possibly imagine. Reddit, Facebook, YouTube, Forums, and on and on. There are lots of options for finding like-minded folks, and I’m already blown away by how supportive the people in these virtual communities can be.

Last week an awesome reader to the blog told me that I should check out a group on Facebook called ChooseFI. I had never heard of it before, but he told me that it was a podcast as well as highly supportive Facebook group dealing with helping people to achieve their goals.

Awesome for sure, but let’s roll this back even a bit further…

I started this blog because of exactly my reasons mentioned above. I was effectively just kind of yelling out into the universe, hoping to get someone to yell back. Then… somewhere off in the distance, I heard a voice. And then another! Soon I was getting a fair amount of voices sharing in my journey and telling me about their own.

Eventually I found a couple of Facebook groups and joined them, and began interacting with a whole new set of people. I’m now friends with some of them directly on Facebook, and have learned a great deal from these new relationships.

In the meantime someone (Matt) found my blog and not only read it, but took the time to leave a comment with some helpful advice about the ChooseFI podcast and group. I then jumped onto that group and am now getting even more great advice and tips from the posts on that group.

AND THEN someone on that group told me about a ChooseFI group specific to the Seattle region, and it looks like they do get togethers and events. I plan to attend and meet even more people!

It’s like some kind of rapidly growing snowball made of love and support, rolling down a never-ending hill of happiness! Or it’s the internet. It’s probably just the internet.

This is pretty damn amazing when you think about it — I wrote a few blog posts, and now have the makings of an incredibly supportive network of people I can bounce ideas off of and get advice from.

So engage! Reach out to people, join groups, talk to others. BUILD YOUR NETWORK!

But I have one request…

I’m just getting started in all of this, and while I’ve been blogging for over 2 months now,  I still feel there are probably hundreds of ChooseFI types of resources that I’m blissfully unaware of.

If you know of resources like this, please let me know via comments on posts or via my contact page.

Better yet!

My best case scenario is that not only would you tip me off to these types of things, but you’d also share this blog with those groups and in turn tip them off to me! I want to keep this network of awesome people building as much as I can, so that we can all share with and learn from each other. You posting a link on a Facebook group or Reddit forum and saying, “Hey, I dig this blog and thought others here might too!” means that maybe… just maybe… one or two others come and check it out, leave a helpful comment, and then I share it back with the group at large. Just like the scenario I called out above!

In doing so, we keep this awesome financial love fest snowball rolling and growing by helping each other, spreading information, and letting anyone looking to achieve their financial dreams that they are not alone in their journey!

I’ve always said that I started this blog for two very specific reasons:

  1. To share my journey and let others in a similar situation know that they aren’t alone.
  2.  To learn from others and build a supportive network of rad people.

We are well on the way to doing both, so keep it up!!!

Get out there and join a group, read through forums, and build your own network. It has already been incredibly beneficial and rewarding for me, and I’m sure it will be for you too!

Thanks and have a great day!

ChooseFI Official Site

ChooseFI Facebook Group

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Show me what you got! Leave me a comment below with your own favorite resources! Podcasts, groups, books, forums, let me hear about it! I’ll continue to share these types of helpful bits on the site, as long as you keep sending them to me!

And if you happen to be totally awesome and share this site somewhere, let me know about it so that I can thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!

2 thoughts on “Tuesday Tip Jar: Get Involved with the Online Financial Community

    • I just told my wife this morning that we’re going to see Playing with Fire on August 5th here in Seattle. So pumped!

      I had no clue what that movie was or really any of this until you made that comment. Really appreciate it.

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