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 JumpStart logo has always been more of a money graph than a logo. There are 7 green blocks representing the 7 looming years of college. The middle block is the one terrifying year with of both kids in college. JumpStart Jr. still needs to pick one of his 5 college opportunities, but we have […]
As teachers we get paid 20 equal paychecks that arrive twice per month, from Sep through June. June is followed by a wonderful unemployment paycheck drought of July and August. Mrs. JumpStart and I are both teachers and have lived this dual teacher money cycle for 22 years. In my early twenties, I estimated I […]
Credit card companies and the news have been touting the new chips for several years now. I remember getting my first chip card, and it just looked like a sim card sitting in the middle of my card, but kind of cool. It never made any difference, because all the stores were just using the […]
This post is a bunch of facts followed by a bunch of questions. This is how my mind works. I probably won’t make a move. I may regret it. I saw a house on Zillow and had a crazy idea to save or profit on college housing. Facts Saw this house on Zillow. 50 m […]
My previous post detailed a bunch of steps taken immediately after my son JumpStart Jr.’s 18th birthday, but the post was mostly filled with setbacks. After another week we have made a little progress. Bank of America One major setback was the instant decline on the Bank of America credit card application. Under the building […]