Brief tips for creating your best financial life


Jim here. Welcome to my “Best Financial Life” series of personal finance tips.

I know you’re busy, so I’ll keep these notes to short nuggets of usefulness 😉.

Brief, but not vapid – I’ll share the fundamental principles for getting the most life out of your money.

Based on best practice, but not academic – pragmatic approaches that help real people, stated in plain english.

Savvy, but not condescending nor cliche’d – we’re all doing our best and don’t need to be told we’re idiots for buying fancy coffee or charging-up credit cards.

Here’s to creating your best financial life!


P.S. I was an engineer working all over the world for 36 years. Now I’m indulging my passion for personal finance through coaching, teaching, and blogging.

P.P.S. There is a rough sequence to these posts. You might want to read them in order starting with the oldest after this post.



Jim Ames
Founder, SmartStart Personal Finance

I help people overcome financial frustration and create their best financial life

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