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CAN A PERSON BECOME 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 …

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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 …

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BEHIND THE MASK: MY INTERVIEW WITH DEBT.COM

  Hey everyone!  This past week, I did an interview with Brian Bienkowski, from Debt.com. They’ve featured some of my content in the past, and wanted to do a blog profile, keeping things light and fun. The primary focus of the interview was on the whole ‘anonymity’ thing. It was a fun experience, something I’d like to do more of. In …

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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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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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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 …

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THIS WEEKS DIY HIGH

This post is a follow up to, “5 Ways To Save Money On Household Appliances”, which I wrote last week.  Our clothes washer had stopped working, and the thought of possibly having to spend big $$$ to replace it got me thinking about the crazy amounts of money people spend on major household appliances.  As it turns out, it gave me the opportunity to complete a relatively minor, yet big …

5 Ways to Save Money on Major Household Appliances

This is the first of 2 related posts.  In this article, I’m going to share with you 5 ways to save money on your major household appliances.  In the second post, I’ll detail my DIY project from the past week that inspired this article.  I’ll also explain how my wife and I have managed to spend only $900 on household appliances …