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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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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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JANUARY NO-SPEND UPDATE & A LOOK AHEAD TO FEBRUARY

 Hey everyone!  Todays post is an update on my no-spend January, which wraps up in a few days.  I also look at the month ahead, and explain the activities I’ll be focusing on in February.  Thanks for reading! 🙂  In case you hadn’t read about it previously, I decided to kick off 2017 by placing a month long freeze on all of …

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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 …

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RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH A MONTH-LONG SPENDING FREEZE

I’m not quite sure what I’ve gotten myself into.  Earlier today I made the decision to kick off 2017 with a personal spending freeze.  In short, I’ve committed to ZERO discretionary spending for the entire month of January.  I’m referring to it as a ‘personal’ spending freeze, as I’m choosing to not try and pull my wife and kids into …

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YOUR DEBT IS AN INFESTATION

Hey everyone!  Today, I’ve got a guest post written by my friend Chris, spreadsheet guru and blogger at Keep Thrifty.  In it, Chris writes about the importance of not just managing your debt, but destroying it!  Enjoy! 🙂 Let’s imagine something, shall we? Imagine you’re in your backyard with family or friends. There are small children running around and everyone is enjoying …

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TRAVEL HACK: HOW OUR FAMILY OF FIVE PULLED OFF A 16 DAY ROAD TRIP FOR $650

    Want a great travel hack? On our summer vacation this past July, our family completed a 16-day, 3700 mile road trip for less than $1000. Actually, we spent less than $850…Canadian. That’s less than $650 U.S. Sounds like a pretty decent accomplishment for ONE person, let alone a family of five. I didn’t plan to write this post today. It’s been …

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A Few Updates, 5 Day-Freeze, Blog Stats, Back-To-School…

Hey everyone!  I’ve got an “update” post for you today, mostly random musings from the past week as well as a look into some of the goings on in the Mystery Money household! Tomorrow it will be back to my (slightly) more structured rants against consumerism and overspending, all those things that drive me crazy 😉 In a way, this post is fitting, …

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HOW TO SUPERCHARGE YOUR BUDGET WITH A SPENDING FREEZE

  In todays post I share how implementing a spending freeze to our family’s budget helped break a paycheck to paycheck lifestyle and increased our cashflow.  One thing I’ve learned about creating a budget is that there is no ‘right way’ to do it.  The best approach is what works for you.  The important thing is that you are budgeting, period.  …