Money@30: The Story of My Financial Journey

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Hi. My name is Kyle Burbank and I’m a Millennial. Yes, I say this like it’s some sort of healing admission given the bad rap my generation has endured in recent years. You know — the talk about how anyone under 35 is lazy, entitled, and doesn’t even know how to really be an adult? While I strongly resent that generalization, I have to say that I’ve certainly made a few mistakes along the way myself, especially when it comes to finance.

I’ve purchased brand new cars that I could barely afford, used credit cards as emergency funds, and quit jobs without having any sort of plan lined up. Furthermore, there was a time in my 20s when I moved back in with my father, so I guess some of the accusations are true. However, I learned a lot from my early 20s that not only led me to grow but also helped shape my priorities, values, and overall outlook on life.

Since then I’ve been able to get out of and stay out of debt, travel to places I never thought I’d see, support myself through freelancing and ghostwriting, get married, bring my credit scores up to around 800, and even publish a book. Not bad for a college dropout who had a hole in his pocket until about 2011 (I tried sewing it a bit before that but the dang thing kept tearing open). Alas, the journey isn’t over yet — I still have plenty of travels to embark on, more personal finance lessons to learn, and lots and lots of writing left to do.

With that, here are a few other random facts about my life and various careers:

  • I started working at movie theatre when I was 16. I worked my way up to senior manager before eventually leaving the company at age 28. To this day, paying for movies still hurts my soul a little bit. My favorite film of all time is Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love.

As you can see, I’m not a personal finance expert in the traditional sense. But, if first-hand experience and a thirst for knowledge count for anything, I feel I’m more than qualified to share my findings on the subject with all of you. So if you like your frugal finance tips tinged with humor, dotted with anecdotes, and speckled with the occasional random reference — as Leonard Cohen once sang — “I’m your man.”

Welcome to Money@30.

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Kyle is author of “The E-Ticket Life” and “Write, Print, Publish, Promote” as well as a regular contributor to Dyer News, Moneyat30, and The Laughing Place.

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