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Try Out the New Members Only Page, and the Weekly Round-Up


Finally, a place where you can take your questions and comments without worrying about the whole world reading them! I have officially created a Members Only page for my loyal subscribers. If you’re already a subscriber, just send an email to: derek [at] LifeAndMyFinances [dot] com, and if I approve your request, I’ll send you your login and password information. Here’s a little taste of what the forum will look like once you gain access:

May Goals

Well now that I got the excitement out of the way, let’s review how well I’m doing on my goals for May.

1) Bring My Alexa Rank Down to 85,000 – As me and my awesome staff writers continue to produce kick-butt after kick-butt articles, my Alexa rank just continues to plummet! I love it! Currently it’s at 83,098. That is one giant leap from the 110,000 rating it was at only a couple of months ago. Thank you to all of my readers that have downloaded the Alexa Toolbar as well! **Success**

** I really would like to get my Alexa Rank below 70k (ultimately)! If you’d like to help me achieve this, please download the Alexa Toolbar! Not only will your visits then count toward my rank, you’ll also be able to see the rank of every site you visit! **

2) Create a Member’s Only Portion of my Site – I did it! There is officially a private section of my site where my loyal subscribers and I can converse without the entire world knowing what we’re talking about. If you have questions that may be a little more private, feel free to bring them to the Members Only section. **Success**

3) Continue to Write Every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – Mission accomplished! **Success**

Guess what?! I succeeded in each one of my goals this past month! With the typical lofty nature of my goals, that doesn’t happen very often. I have basically taken today off in celebration, but now it’s time to get to work again. Let’s make some new goals for June!


June Goals

May is almost over, which means it’s time to start thinking about June goals. Here’s what I would like to accomplish this month.

1) Bring My Alexa Rank Down to 78,000 – So, I thought 80,000 just sounded a little too easy, so I decided to push it a little more and shoot for 78,000. If I could hit this goal, then I would be well on my way to accomplishing my ultimate goal of 70,000 by the end of the year.

2) Make a Plan to Pay My Mortgage Down to 40,000 by the End of the Year – I’ll let the cat out of the bag here and let you in on the secret. I’m out of debt again (although the check has yet to be deposited, so I’m really waiting for it to be official)! But, since I now control where all of my money goes once again, it’s time to develop a plan for my mortgage payoff.

3) Increase My Subscribers to Over 1,000 – In the past, I have had goals to raise my subscriber numbers to over 1,100 and 1,200, but neither of these happened (obviously), and I’d really like to just get over the hump of 1,000 so I can have a party! 😉 I’m sure I can do it, and it’s going to happen in the month of June!

4) Write Every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – This is always a constant goal of mine. I just want to make sure that I stay consistent with my posting for my readers out there that want to learn at least 4 times per week. 🙂


Weekly Round-Up

Here are some great posts from others this past week!

How to Make a Lot of Money in the Stock Market and Still Feel Like a Loser at Financial Samurai

8 Signs That Now is Not The Time to Retire at Step Away From The Mall

What is a Secured Credit Card? at Free From Broke

The Rules of Investing Money at Brick by Brick Investing

Always Know Where Your Money Is at Stocks and Cents

12 Facts About Student Loan Debt to Make Your Hair Stand on End at Making Sense of Cents

Quitting Bad Habits to Save Money at Eyes on the Dollar

Simple Ways to Spend Less on Food at Modest Money

Low and No Down Payment Mortgages are Still Available at Debt Roundup

Is Pocket Change Worth Saving at Stumble Forward

Refinancing a Rental Home at One Smart Dollar

Did Your Degree Come With a Course on Student Loans at Frugal Rules

You Really Really Can Save Money, Here’s How at Johnny Moneyseed

4 Mistakes I Made When I First Started Investing at Reach Financial Independence



My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.


  1. Thanks so much for the mention Derek, I really appreciate it! Looks like you’re killing those goals which is always nice to see. Hope you have a great long weekend!

    • You’re welcome John. It has been really fun to hit all of my goals this month, and it gives me a little boost into hitting all of my goals for June! 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend too!

  2. Best of luck with the forum and thanks for the mention!

    • Thanks Glen!

    • Yeah! I’m pretty excited about it. Hopefully I’ll see you in the forums. 🙂

  3. Thanks for the mention Derek. Those are some ambitious goals, getting down under 78,000 on your Alexa rank is tough but it can definitely be done with some hard work and persistence.

    • No problem Chris! Thanks for reading.

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