Money Masters: Modest Money

This week’s Money Master is Jeremy Biberdorf of Modest Money. Waaaay back when we first started DebtFreeGuys.com, Jeremy was one of the first established bloggers to give us a chance to blog for his site. Our first guest post for Jeremy was The Importance of Vocabulary. We’ve since written more for Modest Money, including How to Manage College Tuition Sticker Shock to introduce our book #MoneyConscious Student and Do You Know Your Investment Professional?. Jeremy has included us in other promotions and events, as well.

Jeremy has been a great partner and we frequent his website ourselves. He posts a diverse series of blogs that include investments professionals with varying expertise. He recently started Airline Miles Experts to help those who travel hack. One of our two goals in life is to travel extensively and sites such as Airline Miles Experts help us do that and cut down on travel expenses.

We highly recommend you check out what Jeremy has to offer.

  1. What’s your story?

I grew up in a small town and my parents divorced at a young age.  In that environment I was exposed to my dad’s minimalist lifestyle as well as my mom struggling to make ends meet as a single parent.  As my mom’s career blossomed I developed a drive to follow in her entrepreneurial footsteps.  Still I retained an appreciation of a simpler life and the value of my money.  It’s this view that led me to name my personal finance blog Modest Money.

After college I ended up in the website marketing industry and had decent success for over a decade.  Eventually I realized I’d be much happier and much more profitable running my own business.  My career and schooling had given me the perfect skillset to prosper online.  These days my time is split between managing my finance blog and managing ads for a wide variety of blogs.

  1. What’s your point of view, as a personal finance blogger?

With my blog I wanted to take more of an everyday person approach.  I see too many finance blogs focused on one end of the spectrum or the other – either bragging about net worth and investments or working away at a bit amount of debt.  Most people fall somewhere in the middle though.

I cover a wide variety of finance topics to give people help in all areas of their finances.  With so many factors affecting our financial success I feel that we should be giving people as much knowledge as possible.  This way people can find the areas in their life where they are most capable of making improvements.

  1. In one sentence, what’s one piece of sage advice from your personal finance background that you’d like to share with our readers?

Everyone’s finances are unique, but don’t let that discourage you as you still have the power to improve your own personal finances.

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Comment List

  • Good to know more about you Jeremy! I have a big respect for all the single moms like your mom. Good thing that you still retained an appreciation of a simpler life which is some people forget it especially when they make a good income.

  • SavvyJames 23 / 05 / 2015 Reply

    Another great entry in the series.

    • David Auten 27 / 05 / 2015 Reply

      Thanks James. It’s been great getting to know our PF peers.

  • We agree CLARISSE @ MAKE MONEY YOUR WAY. There are a ton of great single mom and dad examples out there that have raised sensible strong kids. We can be grateful for so many of them.

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