Coming Soon: Minute Money Tips

by Ryan Yates

Today is March 1st and I would usually give my Net worth update, but if you’ve been paying attention I haven’t written one since the beginning of the year. I know many people love to read them and see my progress but things are changing around here and I’d like to clue you on them.

Changes to Deliver Away Debt

As I told you in my Financial Crossroads post I’m building a house, I would go so far as to say it’s almost my dream house.  I’m very excited about it, even though they haven’t started digging yet (I live in Michigan and we have Frost Laws that prevent basements from being poured in the winter).

How’s building a house effect the blog? Well I’ve stopped debt snowballing the rest of my debt for the time being. That means I will not update my networth anymore because all of my available funds are going to my down payment. I don’t think it’s very helpful to post it when large chunks aren’t falling off of it. Once we are in the house the snowball will get rolling again.

You probably know that I quit delivering pizza in June of last year because I was working crazy hours at my first job (2am-3pm M-Sat) which proved to be too crazy on Friday and Saturday nights for delivering. After working a couple weekends that had me up at 1am on Fridays and not getting to bed until 2am Sundays (I didn’t work Sundays) I realized that I couldn’t keep going.

I started up delivering again this January and will stop delivering again at the end of March. I’m only working one night a week and averaging over $20 per hour but I have some other things I’d like to focus on (we’ll get to that in a minute).

You also know that my posting schedule is anything but a schedule. The main reason is that I’ve covered a ton of debt topics already and my mind has been elsewhere. Going forward I have a few interesting articles that will be coming out, but after that I will be scaling back a little bit.

New Focus, New Blog

Ok here it is. I’m starting a new blog. The blog will be called Minute Money Tips. The focus of the blog is to provide quickie money tips in video format. You’ve seen me on video before and if you haven’t click the YouTube link at the top of this page. I think video is an under served area of the Personal Finance Blogging world and I think there needs to be more of it in the world.

The videos will be quick, very quick. The goal is to get the money tips delivered in 60 seconds or less–hence the name Minute Money Tips (attention spans are short these days). The main categories will be debt, saving, investing, retirement, budgeting, fun money, and money systems. The videos will air five days a week.

Each video post will include the transcribed post as well as resources for further information. There is a ton of advice in the PF world so I’m going to find some of the best and include a few links so people can dig deeper into each topic if they like. I’m also going to use the audio to make a podcast that will be produced on Saturday’s. The podcast will include the 5 weekly tips and any other information that readers/viewers share in the comments or via email.

Minute Money Tips

I have a sign-up sheet located at the new blog. Click the logo below or the link a few paragraphs up and you will be taken to the site.  The official launch of the site will be April 1st (no joke). I will be testing out the site starting March 15th with the crew that has signed up on the site. If you’d like to be a tester, or just want access to the site before it goes live — head over and sign up.

I know that video is not for everyone and that many people read blogs at work, but I feel someone has to really get the ball rolling for our community and what better person than a Debt Blaster (that’s me if you didn’t get it)?
Thanks for reading, now get over and sign up for the new blog!!

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Weston March 1, 2011 at

Jeff

Sorry to be hearing that you’re scaling back on this blog.

Sounds like you’ve considered the possible “cons” of going with a video blog. I for one (as a long time rss subscriber to this blog) won’t be subscribing to the new video blog. While I love video’s as an occasional supplement to written postings I have found purely video blogs to be way too restrictive. As you alluded to, I do most of my blog reading during down time at my office. I don’t like to watch videos at work because I feel it is intrusive to nearby employees (I’m the business owner) and I often really don’t care to have others privy to what I am listening to.

Sounds like you have already considered this however. Thanks for the great blog, Best of luck with the new house and new site.

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Jeffrey Kosola March 1, 2011 at

Weston@

I understand the cons and I’m willing to give it a try. I also understand the position you are in and the reasons. I’ve talked to others who follow this blog who feel the same way. I’m curious to see what could happen and I’ll never know unless I try. I hope you’ll keep your RSS to this site active, I’m not going away completely.

Thanks for the comment

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Evan March 3, 2011 at

Congrats on the new venture! Is this site profitable? Why not focus on the relationships you’ve built here?

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Jeffrey Kosola March 3, 2011 at

@Evan I do make a little money from the site but not a whole lot. I’m getting busy in my other job and don’t have much time to write. I can crank out videos much faster than I can write.

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Little House March 6, 2011 at

How awesome that you’re building your own house. I’m a wee bit jealous. 😉 Later this year, maybe around late spring or summer, would you be willing to share your building story on my blog? Many of my posts focus on house plans and I’d love to include a first hand story about someone who actually went through the building process.

I’ll admit that I’m not much of a video person, but I’ll be sure to check out your new blog. Congrats on the house!

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MoneyIsTheRoot March 13, 2011 at

Your story is impressive, and Ive heard about local delivery drivers making really good money, especially for a second job. I live in the metro Detroit area myself and have battled debt most of my adult life, and finally found a way to dig myself out too. Good luck with the new blog…video blogs are something that arent overly abundant, in fact they are very rare in the personal finance community!

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Sandy @ yesiamcheap March 14, 2011 at

I love this blog and always follow along for the stiffy reports. I’m happy that you’ve come to the point when you no longer need to focus on your debt, but I’ll be sad to see this blog not updated anymore. Sigh. Have you thought about posting the videos both here and on the new blog?

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Christine McCarthy March 14, 2011 at

I totally haven’t forgot about you Jeff! The kids have me pulling my hair out (teenagers ). I promise to get a hold of you soon. Looking forward to the knew vlog. And love the logo!

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Christine McCarthy March 14, 2011 at

I do know how to spell…. ‘new’. :p

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