🚨 A Week of Giveaways! 🚨

Gooooood Morning!

After a fit of decluttering lately, I’ve uncovered a handful of books and merch and other awesome goodies I think you money nerds will like :) And since there’s a lot of it (almost a dozen books, shirts, sweaters + more!), we’re going to do a giveaway here EVERY DAY THIS WEEK until it’s all gone!

You can enter for *as many* of the items as you want, and each evening we’ll be announcing the winners at the bottom of these blog posts as well as on Twitter / Facebook.

So make sure to get your entries in quick as the giveaways end each day! (At 5pm EST)

Today we start with 3 great books: one for your mind, one for your wallet, and one for your business.

Good luck!!


Book #1: “Atomic Habits” by James Clear

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I finally finished this, and while it wasn’t *as*  incredible as I was expecting after the ENTIRE world was raving about it, I think that’s only because I’ve gotten a great handle over my habits these past few years so a lot of the stuff wasn’t as new for me. Still, I came away more pumped and motivated and thoroughly enjoyed the stories shared throughout, so I do recommend it no matter your stage. It’ll just give you a bigger jolt I believe if you’re presently stuck or starting out in your habitual journey :)

Here’s more about it from Amazon:

“If you’re having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn’t you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don’t want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change. You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. Here, you’ll get a proven system that can take you to new heights.

Learn how to:

  • make time for new habits (even when life gets crazy);
  • overcome a lack of motivation and willpower;
  • design your environment to make success easier;
  • get back on track when you fall off course;
  • …and much more.

More: Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

PS: do any of you remember PassivePanda.com from back in the day? Maybe around 2012 or 2013? That was one of James’ first sites/projects and was really really good :) I remember face-timing with him a few times and he was always so nice and chill… (He was the one who introduced me to “triggers” btw that I blog about from time to time. Something I incorporate almost every single day!)


Book #2: “Broke Millennial Talks Money”
by Erin Lowry

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This one I haven’t personally read, but that’s only because I’ve been on a “financial reads” hiatus since there’s only so much financial stuff you can take in each day :) Been a huge fan of Erin’s though from the beginning of her blogging days (BrokeMillennial.com) so if you like her style you’ll probably enjoy this book too. This is the 3rd book in her “Broke Millennial” series, and covers “scripts, stories, and advice to navigate awkward financial conversations.”

Here’s more from Amazon:

“Let’s face it–talking about money is always awkward. In this user-friendly and approachable guide, finance writer Erin Lowry helps take the stress out of these tricky conversations. With scripts, tips, and troubleshooting advice, she takes you through every possible money talk scenario, including:

  • how to tell your friends you can’t afford the same lifestyle they can
  • how to ask your parents if they can afford retirement and if they’ll need your support as they age
  • how to talk to your coworkers about your salary and negotiate with your boss
  • how to broach the subject of a prenup with your fiancé

More here: Broke Millennial Talks Money: Scripts, Stories, and Advice to Navigate Awkward Financial Conversations


Book #3: “Anything You Want” by Derek Sivers

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This is one of *many* killer books from Derek Sivers – one of my favorite “thinky” type people online… It’s basically his story of how he got started and what he’s famous for, and the book came out of a phone call he got from Seth Godin years ago asking him to write it down for his new publishing company. A few weeks later it was written, published, and then out the door! Pretty cool!

The only reason I’m giving it away is because he just came out with a new revised version that’s designed in the same size/format as his last few books so when you align them together in your library they all match perfectly 😂 Which I had to pick up as I can’t tell you how much that pleases me, haha…

This book actually comes without its cover because I tend to take them off since they look more classy that way… So the winner gets the book, but they have to be okay with its naked form since I can’t find where I stashed it now! ;)

Here’s more about it per Amazon:

“When Derek Sivers started CD Baby, he wasn’t planning on building a major business. He was a successful independent musician who just wanted to sell his CDs online. When no one would help him do it, he set out on his own and built an online store from scratch.

He started in 1998 by helping his friends sell their CDs. In 2000, he hired his first employee. Eight years later, he sold CD Baby for $22 million.

Sivers didn’t need a business plan, and neither do you. You don’t need to think big; in fact, it’s better if you don’t. Start with what you have, care about your customers more than yourself, and run your business like you don’t need the money.”

More here: Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur

PS: Derek’s books are the *only* ones I ever read more than once, and you can get through them in just about an hour or so as they’re super short, sweet, and succinct. If I ever cobble together a collection of my own essays from here, you can bet I’ll be copying his style :)


So that’s what we’ve got for today’s giveaways!

3 great books covering 3 different areas of life.

To enter:

Tell me *which* one(s) you want in the comments below – and why – and you’ll be entered to win!

Enter for as many as you want all week long, and I’ll randomly pick the winners at the end of each day after 5pm EST. I’ll then update this post here to announce them, as well as in tomorrow’s giveaway post…

Good luck!

More coming at you tomorrow…


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*Links to books above are all Amazon affiliate links…


Congrats to the following winners:

  • “Atomic Habits” — Nat Metz
  • “Broke Millennial Talks Money” — Sarah
  • “Anything You Want” — Heidi L.

See y’all back tomorrow for the next round 😎

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  1. Deb Moon September 12, 2022 at 6:02 AM

    I would love to have Atomic Habits since I feel my budget sometimes is ready to “blow up”. I definitely need to make some permanent changes to how I handle money!

    1. J. Money September 12, 2022 at 11:08 AM

      Atomic Habits isn’t about money per se, but you can certainly apply some of the principles to it :)

  2. Sheila Smith September 12, 2022 at 6:38 AM

    I would love Atomic Habits and honestly I’ve just been too cheap to buy it.

  3. Katharine Batt September 12, 2022 at 7:08 AM

    Atomic Habits. I borrowed it from the library and had to return it mid-way. Which means that my progress in addressing my habits is stuck and needs to be unstuck (which can only happen if I have a copy of the book and can finish reading it…)…

  4. Katharine Batt September 12, 2022 at 7:09 AM

    ‘Anything You Want’! Because it’s one of the few personal finance books I haven’t yet ingested! And it looks very manageable….a one-course read.

    1. J. Money September 12, 2022 at 11:09 AM

      It’s not about money (more entrepreneurial) but you might find some nuggets you can apply in there :)

  5. Samantha September 12, 2022 at 7:42 AM

    Hey there, all these books would be so useful and give me a boost for a different aspect of my life. So please can I enter for all of them thanks.

  6. Suz September 12, 2022 at 7:47 AM

    I would love to have my own copy of Atomic Habits with no deadline for reading it, so I can finally finish it. :) I have checked it out of my library more than once and only got through the first 2 chapters before it was due back to the library. I tried to renew it each time but someone always has a hold placed on it since it’s so popular so I had to return it.

  7. Nancy September 12, 2022 at 8:18 AM

    I would like “anything you want”. It’s where I’m at in my life as well as something I would share with my children and grandchildren. Thanks

  8. Linda September 12, 2022 at 8:30 AM

    I could use the atomic habits. I’m transitioning in my life from full time 9-5 worker to part time side hustles (hoping it’s enough). I think this will help a lot with setting up systems to maximize my day. Thx!

    1. J. Money September 12, 2022 at 11:10 AM

      yeah, totally!

      Anything You Want would be great for it too btw – talks a lot about what to focus on and what *not* to focus on too with hustling….

      1. Elizabeth September 12, 2022 at 1:35 PM

        I would love the Atomic Habits book. I have a good retirement income and don’t think I have to worry about money,but not absolutely sure! But since I recently retired, I have been paying a lot more attention to my home and need some help developing good housekeeping habits and decluttering decisions.

  9. Glenda Bossow September 12, 2022 at 8:32 AM

    I would really like the Derek Sivers book. I rarely buy books, just use inter-library loan, but this one really calls to me. To be honest, if I’m not the winner, I’m going to request this or another of his books because I’m intrigued that you like them so much!

    1. J. Money September 12, 2022 at 11:11 AM

      yes! do it! fun quick reads that will get you to THINK fast.. absolutely love them.

  10. lauren k September 12, 2022 at 8:36 AM

    I would like Atomic Habits because, hey! Who can’t use a refresh and/or kick in the A!!
    although… Anything you want is very tempting too!!!

  11. Lynn W. September 12, 2022 at 8:38 AM

    I would love Atomic Habits for my almost 18 yr. old son. He is already impressive in his work ethic and drive but could use help developing habits to prevent overwhelming situations: procrastination that leads to unnecessary stress. Atomic Habits may just help inspire the adjustments needed to prevent some minor chaos

    1. J. Money September 12, 2022 at 11:12 AM

      love it. and agree :)

  12. Peter September 12, 2022 at 8:49 AM

    Any Thing You Want. Would give it to my son. Could help him with his business planning as he considers some new options.

  13. B September 12, 2022 at 8:52 AM

    DS is the man and would love to learn more from him! Also want to read all his books so would be fun to kick off with this one! Cheers! (& Happy Monday!)

  14. Julie September 12, 2022 at 8:55 AM

    Anything You Want. It’s not at my library and sounds interesting.

  15. Jackie September 12, 2022 at 8:55 AM

    I see that Atomic Habits looks popular – and of course – I’m here to throw my name in the hat for it! I have been checking all the thrift store shelves for it – so my kids would appreciate me getting it almost as much as I would! I’m interested in reading the book because it seems as I get older I’m finding it harder and harder to stay focused and on task. Similar to when one of my kids was diagnosed with ADHD – I am easily distracted and then spend a lot of time doing things, yet accomplishing nothing. I’m hopeful that better habits would help this. But I do love to read – so really any of the books would be awesome – and I will pass them on to others after I read them – thank you!

    1. J. Money September 12, 2022 at 11:14 AM

      I like the idea of passing it on afterwards :) I do the same, except for those I love *the most*. Which is maybe only 1 out of every 10 I read? I’m pretty picky lol…

  16. Darlene Deane September 12, 2022 at 9:02 AM

    Derek Sivers please! Had not heard of him, love short books, and looking for a side hustle in early retirement. I have Atomic Habits and feel there is someone who could appreciate Broke Millenial.

  17. Amanda September 12, 2022 at 10:24 AM

    This is so fun! I would love them all as the Atomic Habits and Broke Millennial Talks Money are both on my wish list and you have intrigued me about Anything You Want :) but Atomic Habits is at the top of my list. I just got done with two years of residency and am trying to get back to prioritizing habits to help me get my life back into the swing of things!

    1. J. Money September 12, 2022 at 11:15 AM

      Congrats!!! I bet it’s exciting to move onto the next chapter of your career!

  18. Sarah September 12, 2022 at 10:39 AM

    Atomic habits and Broke Millennial. The habits book but I think habits are so important but have not been successful at financial habits yet, which is also why I need the Broke Millennial book. Thats me.

  19. Martha Primera September 12, 2022 at 11:24 AM

    I would love either broke millennial or Derek sivers. Haven’t read those books

  20. Josh September 12, 2022 at 12:11 PM

    I’d love to have Anything You Want. It’s a book I’ve heard a lot of people that I respect recommend. Usually when I see that pattern, I buy the book. I don’t have Derek Sivers’ book yet…

  21. Samantha September 12, 2022 at 12:25 PM

    Hi J Money!
    I’m so glad you’re back in my inbox again :)

    I would love “Anything you Want” by Derek Silvers. He’s a new author to me and you make it sound so good! (Who doesn’t love a short, thinky piece?) Besides, I take my covers off my books as well so it will fit right in! I’m a bit of a catch and release type of reader so only a few are on my shelves and the rest I put in the free library in my neighborhood.

    Thanks for what you do!
    Fellow Questioner,

    1. J. Money September 12, 2022 at 2:30 PM

      Cover twinsies!

      Love it!

  22. Anitra September 12, 2022 at 12:45 PM

    I’d love to be entered for the Anything You Want book just for the possibilities!

  23. Ken G September 12, 2022 at 12:47 PM

    Be great to have the Derek Sivers’ book Anything You Want! Interested in the process of starting online businesses.

    Ken G.

  24. lisa September 12, 2022 at 12:54 PM

    I’d accept the “Anything You Want” book because I’ve been trying to convince my spouse to create a product (he did by accident) and sell it. He is reluctant to just start small, despite the fanfare of people willing to buy it…. Maybe this will help him believe he can be an entrepreneur.

    1. J. Money September 12, 2022 at 2:31 PM

      oh man, yes – I HOPE HE LISTENS TO YOU!!

      never know how many people will buy it until *it’s out in the world!*

      what product is it? maybe I’ll want it! :)

  25. Nat Metz September 12, 2022 at 12:54 PM

    Hi…thanks for the giveaway! I would like to enter for Atomic Habits and Anything You Want. I have just quit my 9-5 and am starting my own private healthcare practice. I need a little help organizing my days/time with my new found freedom! Thanks!

    1. J. Money September 12, 2022 at 2:33 PM

      oh nice – congrats!!

      that’s an exciting (and scary) adventure you’re on :)

      sending you over some good vibes ⚡⚡

  26. Lynn September 12, 2022 at 1:00 PM

    I would love the Atomic Habits book. All of my kiddos are grown and I am moving out of the marital house shortly. I need to reset my thinking to be able to focus on priorities now that I will be living alone. Thank you!!

    1. J. Money September 12, 2022 at 2:34 PM

      big steps!!! rooting for you!

  27. Paige September 12, 2022 at 1:11 PM

    Broke millennial just spoke to my soul LOL. I read atomic habits and loved it, but I have never heard of the other two. Your recommendations are always on point so I am curious to read the other two!

  28. Heather Duffey September 12, 2022 at 1:28 PM

    Hello! I am hoping to get hands on the Broke Millenial in an effort to have that crucial conversation with my in-laws regarding their end of life wishes.
    I would love to read Anything you Want – I’m inspired to start my own business but would love to learn how the author found success in a more unconventional way.

  29. Gary Grewal September 12, 2022 at 1:44 PM

    What a generous man! These are all great books J Money, I don’t need to enter as I’ve read two of them from e-books at the library and put the 3rd on hold, gotta practice the FI way right :)

    Let me know if you ever need more book giveaways, happy to send you a free copy or two of mine!

    1. J. Money September 12, 2022 at 2:35 PM

      hey, thanks!

      let me DM you and we’ll see what we can do 👊

  30. Don Richie September 12, 2022 at 1:51 PM

    I would like the Anything You Want. Would appreciate it if I can get hold of it.

  31. Adrienne September 12, 2022 at 2:01 PM

    Howdy! I’d love Anything You Want, because you speak so highly of it!

  32. Kameron Blount September 12, 2022 at 2:03 PM

    This is a great idea and I appreciate you offering this to people! If I could have one of the three, I would love to win “Anything You Want”. I’m an ideas person but don’t seem to know the best approaches to make some of those ideas come to fruition.
    I have Atomic Habits and it’s a great concept to follow in order to find better ways to form helpful habits.
    Thanks again for your continued guidance!

  33. Samantha September 12, 2022 at 2:05 PM

    I haven’t read Anything You Want, and would love to get a copy. Thanks for the chance!

  34. Matt nesci September 12, 2022 at 2:09 PM

    I would be interested in Anything You Want” by Derek Sivers. You had me at “thinky”. I honestly have not heard of him but if you are reading his books multiple times that is a strong endorsement. On a side note I had to do a double take as I am also sending someone a new copy of atomic habits on my Twitter account. Not going to shill here. :)

  35. Laurie September 12, 2022 at 3:11 PM

    I would love the Derek Silvers book! I heard a podcast interview with him a few years ago and was blown away. I love the idea of starting with what you have and building from there.

  36. Scott September 12, 2022 at 4:26 PM

    I would love Book #1 to help me with my many bad habits!

  37. Peter September 12, 2022 at 5:02 PM

    I would like Atomic Habits. I’m too cheap to buy it and the library never has it.

  38. J. Money September 12, 2022 at 5:30 PM


    Congrats to the following winners!

    “Atomic Habits” — Nat Metz
    “Broke Millennial Talks Money” — Sarah
    “Anything You Want” — Heidi L.

    See y’all back tomorrow for the next round 😎


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