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Happy 5th Birthday to GMBMFB!

Wow, I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for five years. FIVE YEARS!

So much has changed over the last 1,825 days – not only within the personal finance blogosphere, but my life is completely different than it used to be. And I honestly never, ever thought that I’d be writing a 5-year anniversary post here on GMBMFB, or that there would be people here, reading what I have to write.

Since I started taking care of my finances, I’ve gone from a -$21,000 net worth, to over +$71,000. That’s a difference of over $92,000! What I’m most proud of is the fact that I was able to accomplish this with an average salary of just $44,000/year – proving that you don’t need to make a huge salary in order to change your life.  You just need to be determined to do whatever it takes. :)

For long-time readers, you know that things have changed a lot since February 2007. In the past five years, I’ve had 6 jobs, move 5 times, and went through 2 tough break-ups. And just last year, I bought my very first home. Other notables include getting adult braces, having LASIK eye surgery, getting fired from a job, and my big blogging break with the Toronto Star/

This blog began on February 25, 2007, and since that time this is what has happened:

  • Posts: 2,500+
  • Traffic: 2,500,000 visitors
  • Highest traffic (day): 11,500 visitors
  • Highest traffic (month): 90,100 visitors
  • Featured in (print): FLARE Magazine, Financial Post Magazine, Globe & Mail, Toronto Star/Moneyville, Metro News
  • Featured in (web): MSN Money, The Consumerist, Wall Street Journal, Montreal Gazette, MoneySense,, Yahoo! Finance
  • Featured in (radio): 103.5 QM/FM, CBC Radio One, CKNW 980AM, NewsTalk 1010
  • Featured in (television): CTV News Channel

Thank you to all the GMBMFB readers out there. You guys are fantastic. It’s been a great 5 years, and I’m excited to see where the next year takes this blog!

Author: Krystal Yee

I’m a personal finance blogger and marketing professional based in Vancouver. I’m a former Toronto Star (Moneyville) columnist, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Saving and Investing, and co-founder of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference. When I’m not working, you can usually find me running, climbing, playing field hockey, or plotting my next adventure.


  1. Fantastique! You’ve inspired so many people!

  2. Congrats Krytal – Watching you get past some of your financial hurdles convinced me that it was possible, and motivated me (and others I’m sure) to get it together and start taking action. Thanks for writing.

  3. Rhona says:

    This is great Krystal!!! I feel like I have been along with you on this wild ride in the last few years. I feel really proud for you. Can’t wait to see what you have going on next.

  4. Echo says:

    Congratulations, Krystal – 5 years is incredible!

  5. Tim Stobbs says:

    Happy Blog Birthday! Ugh, when did we all get old writing our blogs? I can’t believe your blog is now five as well.

    Anyway, I’m proud of all you have done. You really are living your own life, regardless of what other say. Keep up the great work! I’m looking forward to finally meet you in person at the PF blogger conference later this year.


  6. Savvy Scot says:

    What an achievement!!

    Out of interest, what happened the day you had 11.5 k views?

  7. Congratulations!!! Your blog is one of my looooong-time reads, and I’m so glad to see you doing awesome. :)

  8. jolie says:

    Happy Birthday!! Wow that is a lot of fantastic accomplishments. I love reading your blog because your world is so very different than mine. A bit of living vicariously I suspect. thank you for all the wonderful reads.

  9. Jeffrey says:

    Congrats on making it so far! Those are some pretty awesome stats! Especially 2.5 million visitors! Wow!

  10. Dave says:

    Congrats on five years of blogging! That is really impressive to have a blog and continue going for that long!

  11. Michelle says:

    Congrats on 5 years!

  12. Marianne says:

    Congratulations! This is certainly something I can aspire to!!

  13. Congrats Krystal! Wow, all of your hard work really seems to have paid off! Thanks for the motivation :)

  14. Modest Money says:

    New visitor here, but congrats on the big milestone Krystal! It sounds like you’ve done amazingly well with this blog. Few bloggers can claim those kinds of accomplishments. Keep up the great work!

  15. Congratulations! That’s a HUGE milestone… I’ve only been reading for a couple of months, but I can see how much work you put into this blog. You’ve done a fantastic job.

  16. Cynthia says:

    Way to go Krystal! Five years and a lot of accomplishments along the way! Here’s to many more…

  17. Country Girl says:

    Congrats! That’s quite the list of accomplishments. Your success is absolutey inspiring!

  18. Joe says:

    Ditto on the last zillion comments. Excellent work.

  19. Congrats and happy birthday, gmbmfb!

  20. Happy Blogiversary! Here’s to many more! You’re like a dinosaur in PF blogger years! :)

  21. Money Infant says:

    Happy fifth birthday GMBMFB! You’re no longer an infant :)

  22. Leigh says:

    Congrats, Krystal! I’m excited to see where the next year takes your blog as well :)

  23. Renee says:

    Aww, this blog post warms my heart. Congrats and keep up the hard work.

  24. Cyril says:

    Congrats on 5 years. I’m surprised your highest month of traffic after 5 years is only 91,000 though. Are you disappointed with how low this is after writing for so long?

    There are so many other blogs out there with far fewer posts which much more traffic. You should take it as a sign to write better. You don’t want to not have a career, be single again, and have a run of the mill blog eh?

  25. Congrats from a long time reader! Hoping for 5+ more years!

  26. Congratulations! You’ve come a looong way in the past 5 years. It’s neat to have all those numbers for exact comparisons!

  27. Serendipity says:

    Happy Birthday GMBMFB!

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