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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 YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MONEY

What you need to know about money

Walking through the office this week I noticed Ron, one of my regular clients, waiting by the front door.  Whenever I see him, I make a point to stop and chat.  We’ve shared many conversations over the years, and I appreciate his thoughtfulness, and his insights on life.  Ron’s an older guy, in his early to mid-seventies, so needless to …

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HOW TO CRUSH YOUR MONEY GOALS WITH A SWOT ANALYSIS

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

Dangerous financial commitments

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

travel hack

If you’re looking for ways to improve your finances, you’ve come to the right place!  In this post, I share 30 different ways you can begin to change your financial situation today. This post may contain affiliate links, see full disclosure below. FINE-TUNE YOUR PHILOSOPHY 1. Understand your financial values.   When it comes to money, many people get caught moving in circles because …

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7 SUREFIRE WAYS TO STAY BROKE

Do you prefer living life on the edge? Perhaps you’re afraid that creating a financial buffer, such as an emergency fund or a retirement savings plan will make for a boring life, without adventure. If so, you’ll find this article super helpful! By following the steps I’ve outlined below, I can guarantee you that life will never be boring. Without …

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MY FIRST OFFICIAL SIDE HUSTLE

“Hey, that’s sounds very reasonable!” With those words, I dove into my first official side hustle this past week. Make that, first ‘side hustle’ since discovering the term, ‘side hustle’. When I launched Mystery Money Man a few months ago, side hustle wasn’t in my vocabulary.  I really had never heard the term used before (pleading ignorance).   Perhaps it’s …

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WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER STRIVE TO BE NORMAL

A few weeks ago, I came across a blog post titled The Half-Normal Challenge by Mr. Groovy, who blogs alongside Mrs. Groovy at Freedom Is Groovy. Don’t let the funky cat sporting John Lennon spectacles fool you, the guy is a serious writer. In the article, Mr. Groovy identifies a lifestyle that’s considered ‘normal’ by North American standards. The typical …

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DEBT’S SILVER LINING

“Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat” – Napoleon Hill Your cloud of debt has a silver lining. Do you have trouble believing that statement? It may depend on the current status of your relationship with debt. Perhaps it’s way too involved, and your debt hovers over you like a dark cloud. If that’s the …