Me (left) and one of my college buddies

Hey there, thanks for checking out The Declassified Dollar!

My name is John Groen, and I started blogging about personal finance in November of 2016 because I want to do whatever I can to help people just like you understand how money works.

When I moved out of the house and had to start managing my own paycheck, I read 3 books that shaped my thought process: Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki, The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley and William Danko, and Get Rich Carefully by Jim Cramer.

Reading those 3 books inspired me to learn more about saving, investing, and making money work for me. Most days, I spend an hour or two reading books, blogs, and online articles about personal finance. The Declassified Dollar is a way for me to condense the lessons I’m learning into actionable steps that I can use, and it’s a way for me to share what I’m learning to help other individuals improve their finances.

I was born and raised in Texas, so naturally I’m fond of barbecue, fajitas, and sweet tea. Growing up, baseball was a huge part of my life as I played for about 13 years, and I’m a huge Rangers fan.

Enjoying the sunset on Cuttyhunk Island off the New England coast

These days, I love traveling, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with friends. I want to learn about personal finance and investing so that I can achieve financial freedom – living off my investments and personal businesses so that I don’t have to work for someone else just to get by.

I also want to live well below my means, enjoying a modest lifestyle, so that I can give money away generously. Just like virtually everyone else in America, I’ve been extremely blessed financially, and I want to be a good steward of that gift.

If you’re new to the blog, click on the “Start Here” tab at the top of the page to learn about 5 keys to financial success. Then, if you think this site provides valuable content, hit me up on social media. Use the buttons at the bottom of the page to connect with me on Facebook or Twitter. Thank you for your time and trust – I truly value both.

– John