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How To Save Money By Resisting a Throwaway Mentality 

throwaway mentality

This past week, I took my sixteen year-old Honda lawn mower to my local small engine repair shop.  Earlier on, in an effort to diagnose why it wasn’t running smoothly, I had taken the carburetor apart, only to discover that the pin holding the float in place was missing. I have no idea how that can even happen. Regardless, I …

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OF BOOKS AND BASEBALL CAPS

I am very fortunate to receive performance bonuses at work on a semi-annual basis. They vary in size, given their nature, but tend to be fairly lucrative. (Score one for the 9-5). In other words, I could choose to spend the money on some fairly big ticket items if I saw fit. Because I don’t include the amount in our …

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The Many Advantages Of Tent Trailer Camping

advantages of tent trailer camping

Hey everyone! We opened up our tent trailer (aka pop-up camper) today, in preparation for our first camping trip of 2018, which is happening this coming weekend. The camper actually became my writing spot for the afternoon, and it got me thinking about the many advantages of tent trailer camping. In our consumer crazed world, even the age old pastime …

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SOLVING THE CHEERIOS CONUNDRUM

boxed cereal

Hey everyone!  For today’s post, I decided to pull a $1000 money hack right out of my 5-Day Email Course, aptly called “5 Money Hacks that will save you $1000 this year”.  I labelled this particular hack, “The Cheerios Conundrum”.  If you enjoy it, and are interested in receiving all 5 money hacks via email, I’ve included a link at …

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AN ASS-BACKWARDS APPROACH TO ROAD TRIP PLANNING

road trip planning

This post contains affiliate links, see full disclosure at the bottom of the page. It’s mid-April, and planning for the 3rd Annual ‘Super Frugal Road Trip’ has begun in earnest. In actuality, it’s closer to our family’s 15th road trip of a frugal nature, but they received a fancy title when I started blogging about them two summers ago. ROAD TRIP PLANNING …

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THOUGHTS ON GEOARBITRAGE

Around this time last year, I read this article about a young couple who decided to cash out of the bubble that is the Toronto housing market.  They sold the small house they had purchased for $300,000 seven years earlier, for over $1MM, and moved 250 miles up the highway to Ottawa.  I’m not sure how the story turned out, …

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MY SON IS BYPASSING COLLEGE. WHY I’M PERFECTLY FINE WITH IT

my son is bypassing college

My oldest child won’t be attending college after graduating from high school this June. At least, not this year. My son, (I’ll refer to him as A) who’s 17, has decided to take a gap year, something Mrs. MMM and I are perfectly fine with. A is a very bright kid, and while not at the top of his class …

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ARE EXTENDED WARRANTIES WORTH IT?

are extended warranties worth it?

I remember shopping for a digital camera at Best Buy several years ago. This was back in the day when people still bought digital cameras. A salesperson explained to me the features and benefits of two comparable models.  In doing so, he pointed out the superior quality of one of the cameras, mentioning that he owned one very similar, and …

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A MONTH OF ZERO – MY 2ND ANNUAL NO-SPEND JANUARY

a month of zero

Sometimes I wonder why I do the things I do. In the fall of 2016, I wrote a post about a budgeting trick I came up with a few years previous, as a means of disciplining myself to break the paycheque-to-paycheque cycle.  I named it the ‘5-day freeze’. 5-DAY FREEZE It involves making a very simple switch in your spending …

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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 …