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HOW TO CRUSH YOUR MONEY GOALS WITH A 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

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

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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7 LIFESTYLE HABITS TO KEEP YOU LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK

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 …

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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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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.  …

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8 THINGS EVERY NEW BLOGGER NEEDS TO KNOW

    This post was originally written shortly  after launching my blog, MysteryMoneyMan.com.  If you’re considering starting a blog, there’s a lot of great advice available all over the web from very experienced, successful bloggers. It’s the same advice that helped me get my site up and running. Hopefully this article will provide you with some additional inspiration as well as a few …