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ARE EXTENDED WARRANTIES WORTH IT?

are extended warranties worth it?

I remember shopping for a digital camera at Best Buy several years ago. This was back in the day when people still bought digital cameras. A salesperson explained to me the features and benefits of two comparable models.  In doing so, he pointed out the superior quality of one of the cameras, mentioning that he owned one very similar, and …

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THE ENORMOUS BENEFITS OF COLLABORATION

collaboration

Hey everyone!  I’m sharing a personal story with you today, to illustrate how much you can accomplish when you collaborate with others to reach a shared goal. My hope is that it inspires you in some way.  Enjoy! July 2016.  The sun, almost directly overhead, was beating down hard.  I could feel the sweat on my forehead, and I had yet …

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BLOG ANNOUNCEMENT!

start your own online business

Hey everyone!  As promised, I have an announcement for you today!  But before I get to it, let me say this:  If you belong to one of the following 3 groups, this is for you! 1. You dream of escaping the 9-5. 2. You’re a side hustler or wannabe side hustler looking for ways to increase your income. 3. You’re simply a fan …

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IF FRUGALITY WAS A MUSCLE GROUP, I’D BE AHNOLD

frugality muscle

I’m flexing my frugality muscle this month, and it’s got me feeling pretty pumped!  In fact, I think it’s starting to go to my head. For the uninitiated, I decided to kick off 2018 with a no-spend month.  For the second straight year, I’m not spending a dime on non-essential items during the month of January. I’ve titled it my Month of Zero. …

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YOUR MOST IMPORTANT TASK PROBABLY ISN’T

your most important task

“What are you putting off out of fear?….I’ll repeat something you might consider tattooing on your forehead:  What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.  As I have heard said, a person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.” – Tim Ferris …

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A MONTH OF ZERO – MY 2ND ANNUAL NO-SPEND JANUARY

a month of zero

Sometimes I wonder why I do the things I do. In the fall of 2016, I wrote a post about a budgeting trick I came up with a few years previous, as a means of disciplining myself to break the paycheque-to-paycheque cycle.  I named it the ‘5-day freeze’. 5-DAY FREEZE It involves making a very simple switch in your spending …

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I’M LAUNCHING A NEW WEBSITE!

launching a new website

It is official. I’ve decided to kick-off 2018 with a side hustle experiment.  When the idea first came to me a few months ago, my initial thought was “hmmm, I like this, but it should probably wait.  Maybe I’ll tackle it sometime next year…summer 2018 might be ideal.” It almost found it’s way onto the list of “someday” projects.  But …

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WHAT’S ON YOUR PERSONAL BUSINESS CARD? (with apologies to THINK SAVE RETIRE)

personal business card

Recently, I read a fun, yet thought provoking article by Steve Adcock, who blogs over at Think Save Retire.  In it, he posed the question:  What would you put on your personal business card? More specifically, in Steve’s own words, “What do you DO? What makes you tick? What would your personal business card look like…and say? What’s your personal job …

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WHY I’M CLIMBING DOWN THE CORPORATE LADDER

the corporate ladder

“Man, what can we do? Think about it…we’re stuck!”    M’s words hit me hard, like a figurative punch to the gut.  I shook my head slightly, lowering it into my chest.  But this time, something had changed. Instead of the frustration that had become all too familiar,  I felt a new emotion rise up.    “No, no…NO!  I won’t …

WAKING UP FROM A LAZY NOVEMBER

lazy november

What happened?  November started so well.  Week one, I took time off.  My wife and I went away to a cabin in the woods for a couple of days, which was transformed into a winter wonderland with the season’s first snowfall.  It was magical.  Returning home, I had the most productive of weeks.  I played full time blogger, released three …