New Book Alert (And Giveaway!): “Pathfinders” by JL Collins

What’s up y’all!

The Godfather of FI has released a new book, and as his favorite Godson I of course was given a couple of copies to give away today – to my Godchildren! Lol… (is that creepy?)

JL is the author behind the uber popular book, and blog, The Simple Path to Wealth, which you’ll typically see pop up on peoples’ Best Lists and which 100% needs to be on your bookshelf as it’s a classic.

In fact, hell, why not give a copy away of that one today too? I think it’s necessary 💪

Here’s a closer look at both of them, then drop by the comments (or email me back if you’re reading this in my newsletter) by Sunday night and tell me which one you want! You can choose one or both of them, but sadly you have to live in the US for this one, sorry :(

(These would make for a FANTASTIC Christmas present for someone you love too!! Especially someone that needs a not-so-subtle hint!! 🤣)


Extraordinary Stories of People Like You on the Quest for Financial Independence―And How to Join Them

From JL himself:

Pathfinders has been two years in the making and it is a book I have wanted to bring to you since 2016 after The Simple Path to Wealth was published.

Within months of that book’s release I began to receive incredible stories from people all over the world telling me how they had taken the approach laid out and applied it to their own unique lives, location and circumstances.

Since contracting with Harriman House to publish Pathfinders, we’ve collected more of these stories and in these pages present ~100 of the very best.

As the stories rolled in, they mostly self organized into these nine sections that make up the core of the book, along with my preface, introduction and commentary on each.

  1. Freedom
  2. Debt
  3. Saving
  4. Lifestyle Inflation
  5. Investing
  6. F-You Money
  7. Staying the Course
  8. Family
  9. Endgame

This is the ultimate companion for your own journey to financial freedom―and the true and lasting wealth that lies at the end.

More from Amazon: Pathfinders: Extraordinary Stories of People Like You on the Quest for Financial Independence―And How to Join Them


The Simple Path to Wealth:
Your Road Map to Financial Independence and a Rich, Free Life

the simple path to wealth book

Again, from JL:

This book grew out of a series of letters to my daughter concerning various things—mostly about money and investing—she was not yet quite ready to hear.

Since money is the single most powerful tool we have for navigating this complex world we’ve created, understanding it is critical.

“But Dad,” she once said, “I know money is important. I just don’t want to spend my life thinking about it.” This was eye-opening. I love this stuff. But most people have better things to do with their precious time. Bridges to build, diseases to cure, treaties to negotiate, mountains to climb, technologies to create, children to teach, businesses to run.

Unfortunately, benign neglect of things financial leaves you open to the charlatans of the financial world. The people who make investing endlessly complex, because if it can be made complex it becomes more profitable for them, more expensive for us, and we are forced into their waiting arms.

Here’s an important truth: Complex investments exist only to profit those who create and sell them. Not only are they more costly to the investor, they are less effective.

The simple approach I created for her and present now to you, is not only easy to understand and implement, it is more powerful than any other.

Together we’ll explore:

  • Debt: Why you must avoid it and what to do if you have it.
  • The importance of having F-you Money.
  • How to think about money, and the unique way understanding this is key to building your wealth.
  • Where traditional investing advice goes wrong and what actually works.
  • What the stock market really is and how it really works.
  • Why the stock market always goes up and why most people still lose money investing in it.
  • How to invest in a raging bull, or bear, market.
  • Specific investments to implement these strategies.
  • The Wealth Building and Wealth Preservation phases of your investing life and why they are not always tied to your age.
  • How your asset allocation is tied to those phases and how to choose it.
  • How to simplify the sometimes confusing world of 401(k), 403(b), TSP, IRA and Roth accounts.
  • TRFs (Target Retirement Funds), HSAs (Health Savings Accounts) and RMDs (Required Minimum Distributions).
  • What investment firm to use and why the one I recommend is so far superior to the competition.
  • Why you should be very cautious when engaging an investment advisor and whether you need to at all.
  • Why and how you can be conned, and how to avoid becoming prey.
  • Why I don’t recommend dollar cost averaging.
  • What financial independence looks like and how to have your money support you.
  • What the 4% rule is and how to use it to safely spend your wealth.
  • The truth behind Social Security.
  • A Case Study on how this all can be implemented in real life.

More from Amazon: The Simple Path to Wealth: Your Road Map to Financial Independence and a Rich, Free Life


JL Collins

[JL Collins]


Want one of these?!

Let me know which one in the comments below (or via email) by Sunday @ midnight and you’ll be entered to win! You can enter for one or for both, but you must have a US address for us to ship ’em too.  GOOD LUCK! And big congrats, JL!

Your Godfather in Sexiness,

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UPDATE: Forgot to mention – the winners will be *randomly* selected, so no more bribes please ;)

*** GIVEAWAY OVER! *** Congrats to Jon Dickson and Lauren K for winning “Pathfinders”, and congrats to Don T. for winning “The Simple Path to Wealth!” For everyone else, be sure to check your local library so you can still read these bad boys!

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  1. Joshua Rebel November 29, 2023 at 6:32 AM

    Would love either book! I hear a ton about your work and would help me be better with money, and educate friends, and family.

  2. Rebecca Witt November 29, 2023 at 6:41 AM

    I would love to have both of these!

  3. Jim Levine November 29, 2023 at 6:58 AM


    My initials are JL!

    Please enter me in the contest for the book “The simple path to wealth” I want to text quotes from it to my Granddaughter!

    Jim Levine

    1. J. Money November 29, 2023 at 11:30 AM

      Love that idea!!

  4. Christine Green November 29, 2023 at 6:59 AM

    I’d love a copy of Pathfinders! JL Collins is my favorite. I have the Simple Path to Wealth but not his new one and my library doesn’t have it.

    1. J. Money November 29, 2023 at 11:32 AM

      Would make a fantastic companion ;)

  5. Julie Lang November 29, 2023 at 7:54 AM

    Pathfinders is my choice, JL’s been teasing about the release for so long, I’d love to read it.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Alex Mullins November 29, 2023 at 8:16 AM

    Simple path to wealth please!

  7. Lisa McKirgan November 29, 2023 at 8:26 AM

    I would like to be entered in the contest for “The Simple Path to Wealth.” I teach a beginning financial literacy class and think it would make great reading.

    Thanks for the chance!

    1. J. Money November 29, 2023 at 11:33 AM

      It would!! You should grab it if you don’t win it – such a great book especially when starting out in finance as not many focus around *freedom* as they should!

  8. Stevo November 29, 2023 at 8:29 AM

    Oo oo me me! Is that it? That’s all I have to do?!

    1. J. Money November 29, 2023 at 11:34 AM

      Yup – you’re entered ;)

  9. Francisca Squiabro November 29, 2023 at 8:31 AM

    I would like to read the simple path to wealth. Thank you.

  10. Aaron November 29, 2023 at 9:06 AM

    I’d love to have either book.Thanks!

  11. Samantha November 29, 2023 at 9:09 AM

    Either of these books would be an interesting read, I especially like hearing about people’s paths with their finances, knowing each person’s journey.

    1. J. Money November 29, 2023 at 11:35 AM

      Exactly why we’re all on blogs! Makes it much more interesting/easy to relate to when coming from a person vs an “expert” or company or something… The journey is half the fun!

  12. Arica November 29, 2023 at 9:09 AM

    Id lke to be entered for both books.

    1. J. Money November 29, 2023 at 11:35 AM

      Cool spelling of your name 🤙

  13. Clara Strom November 29, 2023 at 9:10 AM

    I’ve been following JL for years! I would love both if these books. I was looking for a good present for some friends and these are perfect. I’m going to order them.

    1. J. Money November 29, 2023 at 11:36 AM

      Yes they are!!

      If you don’t get an email from me on Monday then go and order them as it means you didn’t win! (though of course you will win for Present of The Year if you give these out ;))

  14. Jaime November 29, 2023 at 9:18 AM

    I’d like to be entered for both books. I’ve been meaning to pick up the first one for a while and the second also sounds good.

  15. Jon Dickson November 29, 2023 at 9:29 AM

    I would love to have either book, which I would read & then gift to my daughter.

    1. J. Money November 29, 2023 at 11:37 AM

      I like that idea :) Plop the Simple Path to Wealth in her stockings regardless!

  16. Mark Williams November 29, 2023 at 9:33 AM

    J Money, I would like a copy of The Simple Path to Wealth. I think it would be a great read for me. I would then pass it on to my oldest daughter who is 18 and will be flying the nest soon. Thanks!

  17. Jennifer Spillane November 29, 2023 at 9:36 AM

    Either would work but if I need to pick one – Pathfinders. Thanks for opportunity!

  18. Gina November 29, 2023 at 9:45 AM

    Simple Path to Wealth please!

  19. Doris Lopez November 29, 2023 at 10:18 AM

    Please send me the Simple Path to Wealth. Thank you!

  20. Brittney November 29, 2023 at 10:40 AM

    I would love to read Pathfinders. Thank you!

  21. Maggie G. November 29, 2023 at 11:09 AM

    Wow, I didn’t think that Pathfinders would ever actually come out! Would love to be in the first group to read it! (I also promise to pass it on to another Personal Finance junkie after! lol).

    1. J. Money November 29, 2023 at 11:38 AM

      Sounds good – you’re entered!

  22. Ellie November 29, 2023 at 11:23 AM

    I would like to read The Simple Path to Wealth. Thank you!

  23. Judy November 29, 2023 at 11:32 AM

    I would love to win Pathfinders as I learned so much from his first book!

  24. Rachel Constancio November 29, 2023 at 11:43 AM

    I would love to be considered for Pathfinders. My husband is an immigrant an explaining the American monetary system has been interesting to say the least. I think it would help him (and myself if we’re honest) to hear more accounts of real life people!

    1. J. Money November 29, 2023 at 12:00 PM

      I like that idea :)

  25. Mrs G November 29, 2023 at 12:28 PM

    I would love to get a copy of The Simple Path to Wealth. Thanks for the opportunity!

  26. Carter Patton November 29, 2023 at 12:47 PM

    I would love to win Pathfinders! The Simple Path to Wealth changed my life a few years ago but I am going through a season where I need a reset and would love to read the book for some much needed motivation! Thank you!

    1. J. Money November 29, 2023 at 7:18 PM

      Sending you good vibes for that reset! ⚡

  27. Steve November 29, 2023 at 12:58 PM

    Would love a copy of “Simple Path to Wealth”. After I’m done I can hand it off to my kids who are much earlier down the path than I am.

  28. Financial Fives November 29, 2023 at 1:42 PM

    Lots of buzz around Pathfinders, good for J.L!

    I got lucky with this program at our library called Zip Books, where you can request the library buy a book and they ship it to your house, FREE! And you get to keep it way longer than the regular 3-week hold. Gotta love our public libraries.

    Really enjoy reading the stories of others. I felt there was a lot of repetition on the live beneath your means and buy index funds like the last book and chapters throughout. The personal stories are always interesting though.

    1. J. Money November 29, 2023 at 7:20 PM

      Very cool about Zip Books! never heard of that but it’s a fantastic idea… literally giving the community what they want!

  29. Matthew Groff November 29, 2023 at 2:17 PM

    Hey! I’d like to enter for a copy of the Simple Path to Wealth to gift to a friend or family member. Thanks!

  30. Kim P November 29, 2023 at 2:18 PM

    I would love to win a copy of “Pathfinders.” I have “The Simple Path to Wealth” and it is a great read.

  31. Tammy N November 29, 2023 at 2:39 PM

    I would love to have Pathfinders. The Simple Path to Wealth has been a great help, and I’m looking forward to reading the stories and learning more in this latest one.

  32. Stephen November 29, 2023 at 2:50 PM

    I’d love to read Pathfinders. I’ve spent a ton of time on the stock series.

  33. Michael Buff November 29, 2023 at 2:58 PM

    I would love a copy of either book.

  34. Chris November 29, 2023 at 3:32 PM

    I would love Pathfinders to go with my copy of Simple Path to Wealth.

  35. Mary November 29, 2023 at 3:44 PM

    I would love a chance to win either book—I’m not picky! Do they come with a link to JL’s meditative voice repeating ‘just breathe and do nothing’ when the stock market is out of whack??

    1. J. Money November 29, 2023 at 7:22 PM

      HAH! YES!! Here it is for ALL to enjoy, lolol..



      “The market is plunging. You’re starting to panic. You want to hit the “sell” button! DON’T! Tune into this relaxing meditation, and let the soothing voice of JL Collins help you embrace this wonderful market cycle.”

  36. Sam November 29, 2023 at 4:02 PM

    Could I be signed for Pathfinders please?

  37. JB November 29, 2023 at 4:28 PM

    Pathfinders sounds great. Thanks for the opportunity.

  38. Alex November 29, 2023 at 4:44 PM

    I would love both!

  39. Donna November 29, 2023 at 4:52 PM

    I would LOVE a copy of Pathfinders!

  40. Holly S November 29, 2023 at 5:03 PM

    I’d love a copy of Simple Path. I actually bought a copy for my dad a few years ago and (wrongfully) assumed he’d let me borrow it one day! Nope, he’s not letting it out of his sight.‍♀️

    1. J. Money November 29, 2023 at 7:24 PM

      HAH! I bet your dad is fun to drink beers with 😎

  41. Shay November 29, 2023 at 5:22 PM

    pick me, pick me, pick me! please!!!

  42. Daniel P Lynch November 29, 2023 at 5:36 PM

    The Simple Path To Wealth would be awesome to share with my young adult children!

  43. Mandy November 29, 2023 at 8:03 PM

    I think I want to read Pathfinders. I love hearing about the experience of others.

  44. linda c albarran November 29, 2023 at 8:21 PM

    I would really like to have a copy of Pathfinders. His other book offered some valuable information. Thank you. I enjoy your posts.

  45. Bryan November 29, 2023 at 9:51 PM

    I’d certainly be interested in “The Simple Path to Wealth“. Seems like a great read so I’d love to get my hands on it

  46. Scott November 29, 2023 at 10:47 PM

    I would love both of them! Somehow, I missed the release of his first book, and with my son showing interest in learning more about finances, this would be a great gift for him.

  47. Rita November 29, 2023 at 11:10 PM

    Please enter me in the contest. I would like to read and have both of them because, you know, I love personal finance stuff and have for decades.

  48. Stacey Manohara November 30, 2023 at 12:34 AM


  49. Justin November 30, 2023 at 1:18 AM

    I’d like to be considered for the Pathfinders book.

  50. Becca November 30, 2023 at 8:39 AM

    I’d love either one of them! Right now I’m in the “one more year” mindset and hopefully these will help kick me in the butt to pull the trigger!

    1. J. Money November 30, 2023 at 11:23 AM

      YES!! We gotta get that trigger pulled!! :)

  51. Joshua Laase November 30, 2023 at 8:48 AM

    Another JL here! Please enter me in the contest for the book “The simple path to wealth”. I would love to read it.

    1. J. Money November 30, 2023 at 9:12 AM

      Haha… The JL’s are strong this week.

  52. Tina Sawyer November 30, 2023 at 8:56 AM

    Would love either of these!

  53. Samantha November 30, 2023 at 9:51 AM

    I would love a copy of the new book for the OG!

  54. Mary Dahlem November 30, 2023 at 12:59 PM

    The simple path to wealth for me

  55. Thomas Nguyen November 30, 2023 at 2:49 PM

    I need PathFinders . I am lost in financial jargon.

  56. Abigail December 1, 2023 at 7:29 AM

    I’d be happy to receive either book to help launch into 2024!

  57. Shana Little December 1, 2023 at 8:06 AM

    I would LOVE to read his new book: Pathfinders!!!! I am crossing my fingers that I am one of the winners! Thank you for this opportunity:)

    1. J. Money December 1, 2023 at 12:21 PM

      You’re welcome! :) Good luck!

  58. Sue D December 1, 2023 at 10:04 AM

    Hey J!
    I would like either book. I’m cheap.
    After my cataract surgery, I’m starting to read again.

    1. J. Money December 1, 2023 at 12:21 PM

      Oh good!! Thank God for modern technology!

  59. Nichole December 1, 2023 at 10:05 AM

    Interested in checking out Pathfinders! Thanks!

  60. Renee Haas December 1, 2023 at 12:27 PM

    As always, thanks for these book giveaways! I enjoy learning about new perspectives. I’d like to be entered in The Simple Path to Wealth giveaway

    1. J. Money December 1, 2023 at 12:32 PM

      you’re entered! so glad you enjoy these! :)

  61. Lisa December 1, 2023 at 1:37 PM

    Please enter me for both books. I am the mom of six adult children, so once I’m done reading, I will be sharing and encouraging my children to read JL’s wisdom. Even though I rarely buy books these days, I will purchase these if I don’t win.

    1. J. Money December 4, 2023 at 10:59 AM

      6 children – you are one strong woman!!!

      Yes – I hope you do pick them up even if you don’t win. Especially the Simple Path to Wealth – an overall fantastic (and easy!) read. Good luck!

  62. Leilani December 1, 2023 at 2:45 PM

    I’d love to a copy of Pathfinders. Thank you for exposing us to it!

    1. J. Money December 4, 2023 at 11:00 AM

      love your name – so beautiful!

  63. Anitra December 1, 2023 at 3:28 PM

    Is it just a confirmation of how very much I need the wisdom of these books that I read the injunction against bribes and immediately thought, “As if!” Thanks for providing and connecting us to great content!

    1. J. Money December 4, 2023 at 11:02 AM

      you’re very welcome, Anitra :) cool name.

  64. Tony A December 1, 2023 at 10:43 PM

    I’d love either book! Awesome you are giving away the books to some lucky folks.

  65. Mike Smithers December 2, 2023 at 4:14 AM

    I would like to enter for both books, Thank you.

  66. Scott December 2, 2023 at 5:47 AM

    Hey J, i’d like either but, would prefer the latest release

    Stay blessed

  67. Tabitha December 2, 2023 at 8:43 AM

    I’d take either – slight preference for Pathfinders.

  68. Rebecca December 2, 2023 at 1:05 PM

    The Simple Path to Wealth or Pathfinders would be great! Although approaching the other end of the life cycle, I’ve avoided ownership of most things big or small and have invested mostly in life experiences – but as I approach that end stage, I realize I need to invest not only in the now but also the future…SOON! I’m practically debt free, but my nest egg needs a bit more to be sustainable.

    1. J. Money December 4, 2023 at 11:08 AM

      love that you’re big into life experiences :) one of the best way to put you hard earned money to use!! plus – good to have life experiences *throughout* life than saving then up to the end when – and IF – you’ll actually be able to do any of them… So well done 👊

  69. Mark December 2, 2023 at 1:34 PM

    Either one, please.

  70. Rebecca Fletcher December 2, 2023 at 2:30 PM

    I would love to have either book please. Thanks for doing this and all the great articles – I have followed you for years!

    1. J. Money December 4, 2023 at 11:09 AM

      Rock on!! So glad you still enjoy it after all these years! :)

  71. Lilach December 3, 2023 at 6:58 AM

    Would love either or both!!

  72. Cynthia Jaconski December 3, 2023 at 10:54 AM

    I would love and need either book!

  73. J. Money December 4, 2023 at 4:19 PM

    *** GIVEAWAY OVER! ***

    Congrats to Jon Dickson and Lauren K for winning “Pathfinders”, and congrats to Don T. for winning “The Simple Path to Wealth!”

    Thanks for participating everyone! Be sure to check your local library so you can still read these bad boys – they’re great!

  74. Kris F December 7, 2023 at 8:29 AM

    I would like to get both books.


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