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I’M DOING A NO-SPEND WEEK, WHO’S WITH ME?

no-spend week

Ah, the month of September!  To me, it represents a return to order, to structure.  After all, for families with children, it’s back-to-school season, which acts as a reality check of sorts for everyone involved. It’s our reminder that summer’s nonconforming ways have come and gone. I love summer.  It’s always warm, and the days seem to last forever, which …

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5 DEFENSIVE MONEY STRATEGIES YOU SHOULD BE USING TODAY

Even if you’re not a sports fan, there’s a good chance you’ve heard the saying, “Offence wins games, defence wins championships.”  It’s a long held cliche in the world of sports, which suggests that the team that takes a defence-first approach is the one more apt to go all the way. Never mind the flash and flair of the high …

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OUR SUPER FRUGAL ROAD TRIP – PART 3

frugal road trip

POST UPDATE:  AUG 27/2017. – In re-reading over this post tonight, I noticed that I made a glaring error in calculating our trip expenses.  It’s actually in my favour, meaning that we spent even LESS than I reported in the post below.  For anyone who is interested, the theme park tickets and parking, listed at a combined $247, were reported …

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OUR SUPER FRUGAL ROAD TRIP – PART 2

super frugal

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

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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OUR SUPER FRUGAL ROAD TRIP – PART 1

frugal road trip

This post contains affiliate links, see full disclosure below. Hey all!  I hope you’re having a wonderful summer!  We’re on the road for the next couple of weeks, an epic road trip that will take us over four thousand miles across five states and two, potentially three Canadian provinces. For you, my readers, I’ll be blogging along the way, detailing different aspects of …

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OVERCOMING YOUR FINANCIAL KRYPTONITE

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

father 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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CAN A PERSON BECOME TOO FRUGAL?

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 I’ve …

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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 …