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Decision to Blog

I started writing and the first 5000 words flowed out pretty quickly and effortlessly.  I kept wondering If this was for me, or should I share it?  I have never been the type to have  or keep a journal.  A few years ago I had to do a bunch of writing prompts about my teaching […]

Jumpstart from Scratch: Goals and Mission

We never really start from scratch.  Everyone has a past. When we look back on our lives with hind sight, we all know we could have done things smarter.  As a parent of two teens, I am about to witness the creation of their whole financial being.  My children truly are starting their finances from […]

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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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