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EXPONENTIAL FRUGALITY: UNCOVERING THE TRUE POTENTIAL OF FRUGAL LIVING

Exponential Frugality

Hey everyone!  Allow me to introduce a concept that I like to call ‘Exponential Frugality’.  It’s a simple but different way to calculate the $$$ you’ve saved from being frugal. I hope you find it helpful, or at the very least, thought provoking.  Enjoy!  You may or may not consider yourself a fugal person.  After all, we all hold varying levels …

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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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WOULD YOU BUY YOUR CHILD THEIR FIRST CAR?

first car

Hey everyone! In today’s post, I pose the question of whether parents should purchase a first car for their child, versus having them save the money on their own. My son turned 16 about six months ago, and is currently shopping for his first car. Naturally, this has led to many conversations with other parents about their own experiences. What …

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WHATEVER IT TAKES, LIVE DIFFERENTLY

LIVE DIFFERENTLY

Hey everyone! This past week, I’ve been thinking about the concept of what it means to ‘live differently’ when it comes to your money. As you’ll find out below, I was inspired by a quote from a fellow personal finance blogger. To illustrate the power of living differently, as opposed to following what most consider to be the ‘normal’ materialistic …

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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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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 …

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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

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 …