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WHATEVER IT TAKES, LIVE DIFFERENTLY

  Hey everyone! This past week, I’ve been thinking about the concept of what it means to ‘live differently’ when it comes to your money. As you’ll find out below, I was inspired by a quote from a fellow personal finance blogger. To illustrate the power of living differently, as opposed to following what most consider to be the ‘normal’ …

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HOW MUCH MONEY ARE YOU WILLING TO SPEND ON YOUR PETS?

Hey freedom fighters!  This past week was a tough one, as we had a close call with our dog Molly.  We were facing a potentially huge vet bill, and some very difficult decisions.  Fortunately things worked out, but the experience got me thinking about the amount of money people spend on their pets.  From doggy daycare to costly medical expenses, we’re spending billions …

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HOW TO CONQUER IMPOSTOR SYNDROME

Hey everyone!  I’ve got a great post for you today from Mrs. Picky Pincher.  In it, she shares some great advice on how to avoid impostor syndrome, or feeling like a fake.  I think it’s something we can all relate to at one point or another.  I hope you enjoy it!  When you’re done reading, please make a point to stop by the Picky Pincher …

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OVERCOMING YOUR FINANCIAL KRYPTONITE

The personal finance blogosphere has it’s share of stars.  These superheroes of personal finance walk, or bike, among us.  They look like you and me…for the most part. 😉  They have interests that are similar to anyone else, join the same clubs, and attend the same churches.  Their kids ride the school bus with your kids. They even shop at the same …

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MONEY

Walking through the office this week I noticed Ron, one of my regular clients, waiting by the front door.  Whenever I see him, I make a point to stop and chat.  We’ve shared many conversations over the years, and I appreciate his thoughtfulness, and his insights on life.  Ron’s an older guy, in his early to mid-seventies, so needless to …

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WHAT MY PARENTS TAUGHT ME ABOUT FRUGALITY AND HOW I’M TEACHING MY DAUGHTER

Hey everyone! I’ve got a guest post for you today, from my friend Dave, who blogs over at Millennial Personal Finance.  In it, Dave describes how he’s passing the money lessons he learned from his parents along to his daughter.  As a dad with two beautiful daughters of my own, the post resonated with me right away!  I hope you …

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ALL CAR REPAIRS FALL INTO THESE 3 CATEGORIES

Hey everyone, hope your weekend is going well! I’m coming at you with a short post today, regarding one of my favourite topics…cars! I actually haven’t written nearly as many vehicle-related blog posts as I would have expected when I started out blogging.  Of course, you may view that as a good thing, depending on your interest level on the …

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MYSTERY MONEY TRAVEL EXPERIMENT – PHOENIX EDITION

This post contains affiliate links, see full disclosure below. Hey everyone! This past week, my son and I travelled to Arizona to catch some spring training baseball. It was our first time in Phoenix, and here’s hoping it won’t be our last. The weather was perfect, and the atmosphere at the ballgames was super relaxed. We had a chance to do some …

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HAPPINESS AND THE REMINISCENCE BUMP

Hey everyone! Today’s post has very little to do with money, or personal finances for that matter. Instead, I explore a psychological phenomenon called “The Reminiscence Bump”, and explain how it can help to better understand the true meaning of happiness!  Consider it my contribution to the International Day Of Happiness, which happens to be today, March 20th! One thing I …

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CAN A PERSON BECOME TOO FRUGAL?

  By nature, I’m a pretty frugal guy.  However, since launching Mystery Money Man just over 6 months ago, I’ve taken things to the next level.  My no-spend January, our family’s 16-day, uber-frugal summer road trip, and my growing aversion to a vast majority of spending are evidence of this. My increasing focus on frugal living has caused a significant shift of mindset,  and …