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OUR SUPER FRUGAL ROAD TRIP – PART 3

This past week, we returned home from our Super Frugal Road Trip (2017 edition), and I’ve finally found time to total up the expenses from our vacation. If you’ve been following along, you’ll know that we embarked on a lengthy family road trip last month. If you haven’t and would like to get more detail on our frugal vacation, make …

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OUR SUPER FRUGAL ROAD TRIP – PART 2

This post contains affiliate links, see full disclosure below. Hey freedom fighters! We’re officially past the halfway point of the Mystery Money super frugal road trip, which makes for an opportune time to check in with an update. In case you missed my last post, our family left home on July 21st. During our trip, we’re staying in hotels and with family, covering over …

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A HELPFUL GUIDE TO CAMPING ON A BUDGET

Hey everyone!  I’ve got a guest post for you today from my friend, Deann Rebello, who blogs over at BearinForest.com.  Camping is one of our family’s favourite things, but like anything else, it can get pretty expensive.  In this article, Deann provides some great advice on how anyone can go camping on a budget. Enjoy!     I know how camping can get quite expensive, especially …

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WOULD YOU BUY YOUR CHILD THEIR FIRST CAR?

Hey everyone! In today’s post, I pose the question of whether parents should purchase a first car for their child, versus having them save the money on their own. My son turned 16 about six months ago, and is currently shopping for his first car. Naturally, this has led to many conversations with other parents about their own experiences. What …

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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 …