Me (left) and one of my college buddies
Hey there, and thanks for checking out The Declassified Dollar!

My name is John Groen, and I started blogging about personal finance in November of 2016 in order to condense the lessons I’m learning into actionable steps that you can use to optimize your finances and live a more generous life.

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

Enjoying the sunset on Cuttyhunk Island off the New England coast
Now, I’m a 21-year-old senior at the Coast Guard Academy in New London Connecticut, which means that next summer I’ll graduate as an officer with a degree in Operations Research and Computer Analysis and go to a large ship performing law enforcement. In my free time, I love traveling, hunting, chilling at the beach, playing disc golf, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

That’s about all there is to know about me, so if you’re new to the blog, click on the “Start Here” tab at the top of the page to learn what The Declassified Dollar is all about. Otherwise, check out the homepage to enjoy all of my latest posts. Thank you for your time and trust – I truly value both.

– John