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Personal Finance Lesson for HS Seniors, Days away from Graduation.

After juniors, seniors are my favorite age to teach.  Seniors are confident, funny, and excited about their futures.  For me, the downside of teaching seniors is the spring time after college decisions and AP testing.  Their motivation understandably drops, and it becomes miserable trying to keep their attention in May.  Days in November are fun […]

JumpStart From Scratch Progress Snapshot: 18 years and 3 months.

My son JumpStart Jack is a little over 18 years and 3 months old.  I am not an obnoxious parent that states their kid’s age in months. The plan is to put together a snapshot every 3 months to monitor progress.  JS Jack started from scratch with nothing at age 18 building his financial future. My […]

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Is Discover it for Students the best Discover card?

I spotted a new opportunity with JumpStart Jack’s new Discover it for Students card, and I have come to a conclusion. Discover it for Students is the best discover card available. The student card has every normal Discover perk including quarterly 5x cash back categories (currently home improvement stores).  The word student isn’t written anywhere […]

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JumpStart Family


Mrs. JS and I teach for a public school system in Virginia.  Our son JS Jack is a freshman in college, and our daughter JS Jill is a sophomore at my high school.

We are another family facing the daunting task of paying for college and raising financially mature kids.  The green JumpStart logo is actually a graph representing our personal 7 year obstacle.  Each large green block represents a year of college expenses.  That middle terrifying block is the year both kids will be in college.

College info can be confusing, generic, and unhelpful. Today’s typical college grads are crippled by high student loan payments, credit card debt, poor credit, bad financial habits, and they lack established accounts.

My blog tells the story of our family’s journey. We’re striving to give the kids a JumpStart along the college path, and intend to create graduates with low debt, high credit scores, established financial accounts, and a generous stash of travel points.

After a JumpStart, students graduate with a financial framework, money IQ, and freedom entering adult life. They leave college with strong credit that opens doors, points that give an opportunity for cheap travel, and are financially ready to begin building wealth.

I’m Mr. JumpStart, a career physics teacher, coach, landlord to one townhouse, and a travel hacker. I'll give honest details about our decisions, successes, and missteps.  Follow along as I document our kids on their JumpStart from Scratch.


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