Hello, my name is James Petzke, and I am the writer here at This Is Common Cents. I am currently a business student at Boise State University. Now, you may be thinking “what does some snot nosed brat college kid know about personal finance?” Well, by the time I was 18, I had four years of working in professional internships under my belt, as well as five figures in personal savings, four Business Professionals of America state championships, my own business, and a myriad of other notable accomplishments.
When it comes to personal finance, I’d like to think I am one of the masters of punching consumerism in the face with logic. While being a student naturally forces me to pinch pennies, I do it for more reasons than that one. Spending your money wisely is, from what I’ve seen, the best way to build wealth by far. If you ignore the crap that television tells you to buy and eliminate your need for society to provide you tiny comforts, you can actually focus on what matters in life. There is a big difference between surviving and living, and in my experience, people who are wrapped up in consumerism and modern culture’s follies rarely are doing the latter.
Besides just laughing off what society tells me, I also am really into the business world. I started a freelance web design business at the end of last year, and have also worked for a number of start ups and small businesses in the past year. I’ve been very successful in doing all of this, and like to share tips with you about it on this website.
Investing is also a big passion of mine. I am a big believer in Warren Buffet and Benjamin Graham, and their strategies of value investing. Be ready for some non traditional investment advice in that sense.
I launched this site with the vision of helping people avoid the rat race of corporate America, cut their wasteful spending into a fraction of what it once was, and get them to truly live their lives to the fullest! If you want to follow all of my writing, I highly suggest you sign up for my email list using the form on the right and get a free copy of my ebook. You can also subscribe via RSS, follow me on Twitter or Google +, or like my page on Facebook.