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Meet the JumpStart Family

On my blog, I go by Mr.  JumpStart, and I am documenting my mission to jumpstart my kid’s finances by helping them with a low debt college education, high credit scores, and miles/points/cash/perks earned from credit cards.  Mrs. JumpStart and I are both public school teachers.  I teach physics, and Mrs. JS is brave enough to teach kindergarten.  My son JumpStart Jack is a freshman at Radford University, and my daughter JumpStart Jill is a sophomore, at my school.  JumpStartfromScratch shares all the details about our financial experiences.

Our credit card story. The history of JumpStart credit.

Our story does not include a spiraling cycle of debt, followed by a slow solid recovery to become debt free. I’ve heard plenty of those stories.  Our story starts out pretty boring, the middle is also pretty boring, and then gets more exciting and lucrative recently.  We barely used credit cards for 5 years, then […]

Credit score for a 17 year old?

Discover score card Discover’s latest commercial caught my attention.  They have a service that will show your credit score for free, even for people who do not have an account.  I have always been able to use my Discover account to see my credit score, and a few of my other cards offer the same […]

First week of JumpStart from Scratch is on the Books.

One week of JumpStart from Scratch and the stats are: Facebook page likes.      24 likes. I am hoping this will grow in week 2.  My family makes up a large fraction of this number.  Many people are liking posts, but not liking the page.  Anyone that knows me can tell that I am the author, […]

Turning our beach house from a not-too-bad expense into a money-maker.

Part 1: How a couple of teachers bought a beach house. Part 2: Our first summer at our beach house. We bought the townhouse and spent a summer furnishing it and getting things fixed up.  We went through the winter off-season and visited during Christmas, spring break, and a few other times.  The idea of […]