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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 …

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STUFF I HATE SPENDING MONEY ON

I had to pick up a pair of jeans the other day, and it reminded me how much I hate spending money on clothes.  I’m not a fan of shopping at the best of times, but there’s something about having to buy clothes that I find completely frustrating!  If it’s for my family, I have no issue with it, but even …

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WHY YOU SHOULD CELEBRATE SMALL VICTORIES

I’m going to ask you to do something today. Take your biggest dreams, and lay them down.  The very things that propel you forward, that fuel the fire inside you.  That’s right.  For today, I want you to set them aside. Just for today. Your money or career goals.  Early retirement.  Dreams for your relationships. Lay them down. Your fitness …

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HOW TO CRUSH YOUR MONEY GOALS WITH A SWOT ANALYSIS

If I were to tell you that you can apply the same strategic planning tool used by the world’s most successful corporations to your most important money goals, would you be interested? Well, you can, and whether it’s paying down a pile of debt, building an emergency fund or planning for an early retirement, you’ve come to the right place! The tool I’m …

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5 OF THE MOST DANGEROUS FINANCIAL COMMITMENTS YOU CAN MAKE

Hey everyone!  In today’s post I explore  five potentially dangerous financial commitments many of us are confronted with at some point during our lives.  While I’ve summarized them below, I will take a closer look at each one in the coming weeks. Enjoy!   I made a relatively small, (yet somewhat difficult for me) financial commitment this month.  A no-spend January!  The experience has …

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30 KICK-A$$ WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR FINANCES IN 2017

This post may contain affiliate links, see full disclosure below. In August of 2016, Mystery Money Man burst onto the scene, er…entered unceremoniously through a dimly lit side door into the personal finance blogosphere.  So far, it’s been an incredible experience!  I’ve enjoyed some early success with my blog, with a monthly readership in excess of 7000 readers and growing, while the MMM platform is beginning to …