Budgets Are Sexy Turns 3. (Which is 87 in blog years)

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HOLY. CRAP. It seems like yesterday the then-gf and I were coming up with names for the site.  “Saving is Sexy”, “I heart money”, “I can’t believe I just bought a house.com!” Haha…

Were any of you around back in February ’08?  When I used to go as “J. Savings” like a big dork?! If you were, you get the fan of the decade award :)  Which means you get free electronic beer until I see you in person one day. Or, you can print out a copy of this old school certificate I made years ago too and plaster it on your fridge.  I think you’ve earned it by now.

But boy, who knew this would consume my life like it did. My world now revolves around the internet and 98% of my close friends come from Twitter.  Pretty unbelievable for someone who actually hates writing! Haha… no joke, it takes me forever to get my thoughts out – and even then I can stare at the screen for hours wondering what the heck I’m blabbering about.  But at the end of the day I wouldn’t change it for anything.  You guys keep me on my toes and inspire the pants off me! I love y’all more than you can know, and I truly mean that.  Obviously I wouldn’t be here without ya :)  There’s only so far you can go until you get bored of talking to yourself.  So THANK YOU!

Here are some cool overall stats:

  • Total posts: 1,102
  • Current RSS subscribers: 4,139
  • Twitter subscribers: 7,727
  • AVERAGE monthly visits: 50,000
  • AVERAGE monthly page views: 70,000
  • Total EVER page views: 1,605,215 <– Over a million!
  • Total EVER visitors: 1,098,884 <– Weeee!
  • Top 5 countries: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and India

The top 5 most popular posts:

And some pretty cool media mentions too: MSN, Kiplinger, L.A. Times, Family Circle Magazine (hah!), Lifehacker, Consumerist, Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine (double hah!), and more.

Man, what a ride…  all from sharing some thoughts on money!  Who knew :)  It would be interesting to see where I’d be without all of this – I can’t even imagine it. Just ‘cuz I googled “Money Merge Account” – a program my old friend was trying to get me to sign up to (which cost $3,500 and allegedly tells you how to save thousands of dollars over time).  Needless to say I didn’t need that to figure it out ;)

But what I DID find was the world of blogs! I landed on The Simple Dollar first, then Get Rich Slowly, and then the one that prompted me to give it a shot myself:  My Money Blog. I figured all people like me wanted – and searched for – was 100% genuine opinions on this stuff.  I needn’t need the smartest person, or the best writer out there on the subject, I just wanted REAL un-filtered commentary. And that’s what I get every day from all these guys (and some of you too!).  I love it.  And even more so, I love being a PART of it.

Thank you for welcoming me into your lives every morning.  I promise to keep giving it to you straight, and being the best damn opinion sharer I can be. Now time for cake!

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  1. Niki February 25, 2011 at 6:50 AM

    Happy Birthday!

    Hope you have many sexy years to come.

  2. Laura@nomorespending February 25, 2011 at 7:15 AM

    Lol at Niki!

    Happy Blog Birthday J!

  3. Beth February 25, 2011 at 7:34 AM

    Happy Birthday!

    3 years for a blog is incredible! Congrats!

  4. tom February 25, 2011 at 7:51 AM


    Congrats man, I cannot believe it’s been that long. A lot of action in that time and I’m glad things are going really well for you.

  5. Mercedes February 25, 2011 at 8:46 AM

    3 years! Happy Birthday to you!

    I think I’ve been reading since almost the beginning. I remember that certificate and seriously almost printed it out! Hmmm… maybe I’ll hang it on my wall now so I can “intercept all forms of financial luck”!! :-)

  6. Kaye February 25, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    Happy birthday, J! Keep it up…you’re rockin’ the PF community!

  7. Dani @ OK Dani February 25, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    Happy Birthday!!
    You were inspired by those other blogs, but you’ve paid it forward by inspiring so many others, like the one I’m working on now.
    THANK YOU for existing.


  8. Wade February 25, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Congrats on making it three years! I’ve only been reading the blog for the past few months, but it is a fun learning experience with some good conversations. I’m sure that you’ll have many more excruciating writing years ahead of you! Haha.

  9. LB February 25, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Congratulations and enjoy! I want cake too ;)

  10. Cassie February 25, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday Budgets are Seeeexxxyyyyyyyy
    Happy Birthday to youuuuuuu


    Those are some seriously sexy stats by the way.

  11. Kris February 25, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Congrats! Those stats are pretty impressive but NOT surprising. Your articles are always engaging and interesting and I can’t get enough. Don’t lose your edge and thanks for sharing your experiences – keep it going!

  12. Jon the Saver February 25, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Happy Blog Birthday! Although I’m a fairly new reader, i’m excited to be a fan! Looking forward to many more posts at Budgets are $exy!

  13. FB @ FabulouslyBroke.com February 25, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! to a wonderful blog :) And person.

  14. Erin February 25, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Happy Birthday!

  15. SXSW Angels February 25, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Congratulations and happy blogday!! You’ve been amazing to keep up with. -BF

  16. aj February 25, 2011 at 1:42 PM


    J. Savings? Really? (LMAO)
    J. Money is much better.
    That is like going from Puff Daddy to P. Diddy, lol ;)

    J. Money & Budgets are Sexy Rock!
    Keep up the good work!

  17. andrea Pokorny February 25, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Happy B-day you old piece of crap! Here’s to another 87 years! =)

  18. Crystal February 25, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Happy 3 year blogoversary!!! BFS just turned 1 and yes, 3 is 87 in blog years, lol. :-)

  19. jolie February 25, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    blogyears. ha! I seriously snorked outloud at that one LOL

    Love it and here’s to more wonderful posts that make me go hmmmmmmmmm

  20. Carmie of the Single Nester February 25, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Congrats and yes, 3 years is 87 in blog years.

  21. Jenna February 25, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Happy 3rd Birthday! You’re in the prime of toddlerhood!

  22. Cesar February 25, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    My Gosh J! those are some serious numbers you have! Congrats on the 3rd Anniversary and I really appreciate your commitment to this great blog, it awesome to read something so fresh and useful.
    Let me tell you, your blog comes all the way to El Salvador (that’s just below Mexico, we are in Central America) and I really would like to read more and more of your useful sexy saving tips! Some weeks ago i just got suscribed to the newsletter and man is that awesome.

    So, thanks and I hope to be here by the time your blog turns 30th!!! which would be like 923 in blog years! :D Congrats!

  23. Chris February 26, 2011 at 1:06 AM

    Happy Birthday! Keep it up J, really fab. Now that it’s tax time, shout if you have any questions about setting up finances/recordkeeping for your new self-employed self. Happy to help, payback for all the great articles I’ve passed to clients/friends & for all the laughs you’ve given me. Thanks!

  24. Len Penzo February 26, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Happy birthday, J! Keep up the great work over here!

    All the best,

    Len Penzo dot Com

  25. Evan February 26, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Congrats buddy! I’ll hit three years this summer and your numbers BLOW mine out of the water – really inspiring

  26. Finanzas Personales February 26, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    well done!!! 3 years of inspiraton and over 1,000 posts is really something.
    Hope your numbers keep growing further.

  27. Donna Freedman February 26, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Happy birthday. I hope you get a pony!

  28. CanadianSaver February 26, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    Happy Anniversary!! Love your blog :-)

  29. Money Reasons February 26, 2011 at 11:34 PM

    Congratulations! Those are some awesome stats!

  30. J. Money February 28, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    THANKS GUYS!!! You sure know how to make a grown man blush ;) I can’t tell you how much I appreciate y’all stopping by and checkin’ out the site so much – you guys are truly awesome. If we lived near each other I’d totally invite you to the Blog Party! I swear it would be cool! Haha…

    @Mercedes – Really? WOW. I think you have the record for sure then, well done!! :) And thank you kindly, my dear.
    @Kevin @ Thousandaire.com – And a happy Halloween to you too, sir.
    @Dani @ OK Dani – Awww, thank you :)
    @Wade – Thanks Wade :)
    @Cassie – I’m all about the sexy ;)
    @Kris – Thank you so much! I do edit myself sometimes, but I do keep trying to be “me” as much as possible. It’s comments like yours that keep me going though so THANK YOU!
    @FB @ FabulouslyBroke.com – Same to you friend! You’ve been around longer than I, I think right? So great job!!
    @aj – I know, right? That’s an EXCELLENT way to put it. Puff Daddy to J. to the Motha F’in Money, yo. Haha…
    @andrea Pokorny – haha, thank you?
    @Crystal – 1 is hot too!!! Gotta get there before you get to 3 years ;)
    @jolie – you snorked? like, underwater? didn’t know computers worked down there ;) haha…
    @Cesar – Wow, very cool! So glad you enjoy the blog Cesar :) Mad love to y’all down there in El Salvador.
    @Chris – Don’t joke, I might actually take you up on that! :)
    @Len – Thanks Len! Hope to see you and your fam again soon :)
    @Evan – Well, I probably spend 5 hours extra every day on it than you do, so it’s all relative ;)
    @Donna Freedman – If by Pony you mean Beer, then yes!

  31. KP March 1, 2011 at 11:23 PM

    I know I’m late, but Congratulations!!! That’s awesome – keep up the great work J. Money!

  32. J. Money March 2, 2011 at 12:22 AM

    Thanks! And it’s never too late to celebrate ;)

  33. L. Marie Joseph March 3, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Wow, My blog is about 5. I guess that’s retirement. Congrats of the anniversary!
    I have been following you all 3 years

  34. J. Money March 3, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Haha, yeah you’re like 200 years old now! Big congrats to you too my friend :) thanks for reading and always commenting! much love.

  35. Karen Datko March 4, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Ha! I remember when you changed from J. Savings to J. Money and the abbreviated J$, which is my favorite. I’m happy for your success, my friend.

  36. J. Money March 4, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    hehe… I can thank you for part of it too ;)

  37. Ashley March 4, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    Me! I’ve been a fan since the begining. CRAZY! .

  38. J. Money March 6, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    YAY!!!!! Let’s see how long you can break the record for ;)

  39. Peter March 13, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    I’m just seeing this post now, but I can honestly say that I’ve been around since Feb of ’08! Where do I go to get my virtual beer? I started my blog in January of 2008, so our blog birthdays are pretty close together. Hopefully you’ll make it out to the Financial Blogger Conference so we can share a real beer!

    You’ve done some great stuff in your 3 years, congrats on the milestone, and here’s to 3 more years of funny engaging and useful posts!

  40. J. Money March 19, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    Wow, really? We’re almost twins :) Hell yeah I’m coming to that blogger conference too, no way I’m missing that bad boy… I still feel like it’ll be a miracle if it all works out, even after I paid my money, haha… Beers here we come!

  41. Crystal March 19, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    Cool beans – I’m going to the conference too! I can’t wait to meet you both, Peter and J!!!

  42. J. Money March 20, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    awesome! looking forward to it :)