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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.

The Biggest Bill I Ever Got.

The biggest bill I ever got arrived a couple days ago. There have been some big monetary transactions in my past.  Large checks for down payments on cars and houses.  I’ve cycled tens of thousands of dollars through credit cards to earn rewards.  I’ve made large purchases at Lowes and Ideal Lumber during home renovations. […]

Can Victoria’s Secret Help Your Credit Score?

It’s tough to tell which internet advice is correct, but I have read that having different types of accounts help credit scores. My son JumpStart Jack isn’t getting a mortgage any time soon.  There isn’t a car loan on JS Jack’s Volvo because it was rolling off the assembly line, about the time he was […]

Calendar instead of To-do List

“Instead of to-do lists, schedule tasks on your calendar.” I read this advice several weeks ago, and must apologize to the blogger, because I can’t remember where I read it. To-do lists have been a strategy of mine as long as I can remember.  I decided to give the strategy a try, and used excel to […]

Credit Card Applications in Preparation for First Tuition Bill.

A round of credit card applications has me prepared for my son JumpStart Jack’s first tuition bill.  His tuition bill for Radford University will total around $7k, and the funds are already saved, and in a bank account.   I plan on using credit cards to pay, even though it will incur a 2.75% convenience fee. […]

Zagster Bike Share Questions Answered.

My previous post reviewed the new Zagster bike share program in Roanoke, and it ended with several questions. RIDEsolutions reached out to help.  RIDEsolutions was instrumental in partnering with Zagster, Carillion, the Roanoke Coop, and many others to bring the bike share program to Roanoke. Thanks to Amy from Zagster for responding by email.  The […]