A Little More About Me


ME + 15lbs for web

Trent over at the Simple Dollar had a great post called “Who’s Right, Who’s Wrong” where he discusses criticism he received for not being a so called “Financial Expert.”  Reading this post made me realize I don’t think I have provided enough information about myself and what I am trying to accomplish with this blog.

My name is Kyle, I have an Associates Degree in Web Programming and development and a Bachelors Degree in Network Security and Forensics. I am not a CFP, CPA, or anything like that, I am a CISSP, CISA, and OSCP. Of course none of those things relate to this blog. I live in your typical middle class suburban neighborhood, I live a middle class life and am your typical American dad. I don’t pretend to know everything about finance, investing, real estate or any of the typical stuff you see on Finance Blogs.

In the past I have turned a very blind eye towards all things that have to do with my financial well being.  I allowed my wife to handle all aspects of our finances, luckily she is smarter and better at it than I would have been, but recently I have become involved and intrigued and the opportunities that exist for anyone willing to pick up a book, as well as read some of the great blogs out there.

This blog is a way for me to remain involved and allow other people to learn with me, through my experiences and my failures.  I am not a frugal fanatic, but I see myself as frugal. I am not an investor or an expert on investing. What I know is what I have taught myself or learned from those around me.

I don’t expect anyone to take advice from me, but I hope that I can help inspire you think about your decisions before you make them, I am open to all questions, comments, and criticism.  Maybe one day I will be a Flexo, a Trent, or a Jim. I doubt it but you never know, people may like me, they may not.

I want every visitor here to think about their situation and how they could improve it. You don’t have to agree with me, if you don’t agree leave me a comment tell me what you think, tell me why I am wrong.  I want people to understand that I plan to provide information that is pertinent to me and hopefully to you, I will tell you what I am trying to do to improve my financial situation and I will give you MY opinion on what is going on the world.

Thanks for reading and I hope I have, or will provide you with something useful in your life.


1 the weakonomist March 19, 2009 at 8:27 am

We should have a PF Idol. Vote for the sexiest PF Bloggers (in a hetero way). I vote Flexo.

2 Trevor @ Financial Nut March 19, 2009 at 9:19 am

Great post. It’s always fun to get to know my fellow PF bloggers a little better. 🙂

And I love how we don’t have to be a certified anything to command some respect. As long as you’re personally living the things you preach, I think you’re just fine.

3 Santos March 19, 2009 at 6:59 pm

I happen to be a CPA and half CFP (I dropped the program half way through). I am also an MBA and a CMA.

So I can say with some degree of authority that personal finance has to do with having the right goals and behaviors. You can’t be a total moron to be successful but you don’t need advance theoretical knowledge.

Don’t get me wrong, my training is very useful in other areas (I make a nice living with it) but wise personal money management is not really one of them.

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