I Never Wanted to Do This

Money shouldn’t be a source of stress.

It should be something that enables us to do more with our lives.

I Never Wanted to Do This

Ever been in a money situation you didn’t want to face?

Or even worse, you knew how to deal with it, but you just could not bring yourself to actually do it?

That’s exactly where I stand today, but with my readers.

The Workshop I Never Wanted to Launch

I’ve been called The Frugal Guru and Mr. Frugality, but I never wanted to be a teacher on this topic.

Of course, it’s nice when CNBC makes a video about your frugal strategies, or when you’re featured on the front page of prominent publications for quick tips on saving more money.

But the best reward is actually seeing the success stories come in from fans learning from our mistakes and going further than we ourselves could have imagined.

Teaching is difficult and distilling down the information takes time away from my family and friends.

However, when you’re seen as an expert in a field, it becomes a moral obligation to put in the work and produce the product.

Taking a Step Back

The intention with Distilled Dollar was to share my story, my mistakes, and my hard earned victories to help others achieve even better results, but after all the messages and emails of people asking me to put together a product, I finally gave in.

I put together a 4-week workshop, titled The 4 Pillars of Frugality.

If that name sounds familiar to you, it is because the book I’ve been writing for the past few months, is also called The 4 Pillars of Frugality.

This workshop will provide you the same tools, tricks, & tips we used to go from living paycheck to paycheck to saving over 60% of our income within 3 years.

We failed to double our savings rate three years in a row, but we never gave up, and we kept experimenting with new approaches and strategies to see what delivers results.

I’ll personally be walking through case studies from clients while also spending time onboarding workshop attendees at the start of the 4-weeks.

With the additional work behind the book, you’ll also see the same research, readings, and resources I’ve used to take things up a notch.

This online workshop will give you an inside look to the specific tools and strategies I’ve used to master my finances, and you’ll be exposed to the same 4 principles I believe are essential to achieving a high level of savings and efficiency with money and time.

Do You Know How Ridiculous “Frugality Workshop” Sounds?

If you’re new to saving money then this workshop will be like drinking water from a firehose.

I would not recommend it.

If you’re already saving money, and know you can save so much more, then this workshop is perfect for you.

If you’re already saving, but constantly seeing those savings disappear with impulse spending each week, then this course will eliminate those impulsive patterns.

If you’ve struggled in the past to implement habits that optimize your money and lead to more in your bank account, then you’ll love this workshop.

If you’ve experienced money anxiety because you’re not seeing enough of your hard earned cash work for you, then this workshop is your solution.

If you’re not certain about where or when to invest, this course will provide the clarity and confidence to invest wisely for the long term.

I Need Your Help

Here’s where you come in.

The workshop is 95% complete, but before I put the final stamp of “finished,” on it, I need your help.

To use a metaphor, I’m down here in the trees, and I want to make sure I haven’t lost sight of the forest.

What would you want included in this workshop?

I’ve prepared a 1-question survey that asks this same question: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DistilledDollarWorkshop

The survey results will help me distill the most essential pieces of personal finance into this workshop, so I appreciate you taking a moment to invest your time into the Distilled Dollar community.

Today’s post is dedicated to all the future workshop attendees. You’ll soon learn how to optimize your money via frugality (without sacrificing today!), eliminate impulse purchases so you never feel guilty about making a purchase again, and how to build wealth with confidence, while investing wisely for the long haul.


P.S. “Matt’s Manifesto,” is what one of my coaching client’s dubbed the workshop. Here’s a link again to the survey. Your answers will be instrumental in making sure I walk through all the core strategies and tactics in the workshop I’ll be hosting.

6 comments… add one
  • Steveark Jan 31, 2018, 10:50 am

    That sounds like a worthwhile adventure for you and a good value for those wanting to learn. I’m already FI by a bunch and retired and I am trying to learn to spend a little more after a lifetime of frugality, but oddly I’m content not spending more. I think one side benefit of the lessons you will be teaching is that it shifts you away from looking for contentment in material possessions and wealth and shifts your focus to intentional living and relationships, which leads to a more contented and happy life.

    • Distilled Dollar Jan 31, 2018, 11:47 am

      Well said Steve! Sadly, much of the marketing we’re exposed to drives people to purchase more stuff to feel happier, despite those purchases not actually leading to contentment as you mentioned.

      The flip side that I strive for is not only reaching FI but going for what Steven Covey described as, “interdependence,” where there is an excess cash flow that could be used to donate to charities, gifts for family, or even money for passion projects and business ventures. Then again, once you’re FI and retired, you still have plenty of options to make more money, or even more simply, to donate time. Thanks again for the comment.

      • Steveark Jan 31, 2018, 4:48 pm

        We do continue to give generously and my kids are all doing quite well and I am doing a lot of meaningful volunteer work in addition to the paid gigs. I don’t feel any gap. I’d like to think we’ve got that interdependence thing going but none of the business ventures or charitable ventures need my money right now, just some of my time which I enjoy.

        • Distilled Dollar Jan 31, 2018, 7:05 pm

          Sounds like a great set up! My bad if my comment was implied as a knock on your lifestyle. I took it you were in a similar boat as the one I’m striving for given you mentioned being, “FI by a bunch.” My comment was in response to more of the general FIRE movement as epitomizing FI as the end all be all. Yes, its great to retire early in your 30s, but if you don’t build up assets or at least, invest in ways to develop long-term skills and assets then you might fall short once your needs and wants expand (or change) later in life. The more options the better.

          Thanks for the follow up comment!

  • M Feb 1, 2018, 6:52 am

    Good luck w/the book & workshop! As an aside, I was a little disappointed – after seeing that title, I was hoping for that classic follow-up, “I always wanted to be… a Lumberjack!” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgaRd4d8hOY)

    • Distilled Dollar Feb 1, 2018, 10:04 am

      Hahah! Thank you on the well wishes. I do appreciate it as it helps me prepare for fine tuning the workshop ahead of next week.

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