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THE GREATEST CAR I’VE EVER OWNED

The Toyota Corolla turned 50 this week. On October 20th to be precise, according to the  Automotive News article that appeared on my Twitter feed.  This piece of news likely didn’t register with most people, simply disappearing into the Twitter abyss along with countless other morsels of information tucked neatly inside 140 characters. But I noticed.  In fact, there was …

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YOUR DEBT IS AN INFESTATION

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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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UNDERSTANDING YOUR KIDS’ MONEY PERSONALITY

Parents have incredible influence over their children’s current and future relationship with money.  In this post, I illustrate the importance of understanding how this influence changes over time, and that it should vary with each child.  Recently, our (almost) 16 year old son got his first job.  Make that, his first REAL job.  Over the past couple of years he’s …

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DEBT’S SILVER LINING

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“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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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 …

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Conquering Your Financial FOSO (Fear of Starting Out)

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Hey everyone!  This guest post from my friend Amanda at the Frugal PhD Blog is about conquering your financial FOSO, or Fear of Starting Out. Many of us struggle to start out or make progress on our financial goals because we feel like we’re already behind, or do not trust that we will be able to make the progress we need to accomplish our …

5 Ways to Save Money on Major Household Appliances

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 …

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IS THERE A PLACE FOR IMPULSE IN A FRUGAL LIFE?

impulse in a frugal life

I was asked for advice in a situation this week that left me asking the question, is there a place for impulse in a frugal life?  After all, impulsive behaviour, or living ‘spontaneously’ can carry a pretty negative connotation in the personal finance community.  The very thought runs counter to the meticulous calculation and micro management that’s required to create …

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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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A Few Updates, 5 Day-Freeze, Blog Stats, Back-To-School…

Hey everyone!  I’ve got an “update” post for you today, mostly random musings from the past week as well as a look into some of the goings on in the Mystery Money household! Tomorrow it will be back to my (slightly) more structured rants against consumerism and overspending, all those things that drive me crazy 😉 In a way, this post is fitting, …