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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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WHAT MY PARENTS TAUGHT ME ABOUT FRUGALITY AND HOW I’M TEACHING MY DAUGHTER

father daughter

Hey everyone! I’ve got a guest post for you today, from my friend Dave, who blogs over at Millennial Personal Finance.  In it, Dave describes how he’s passing the money lessons he learned from his parents along to his daughter.  As a dad with two beautiful daughters of my own, the post resonated with me right away!  I hope you …

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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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JANUARY NO-SPEND UPDATE & A LOOK AHEAD TO FEBRUARY

Arizona

Hey everyone!  Todays post is an update on my no-spend January, which wraps up in a few days.  I also look at the month ahead, and explain the activities I’ll be focusing on in February.  Thanks for reading! 🙂  In case you hadn’t read about it previously, I decided to kick off 2017 by placing a month long freeze on all of …

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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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RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH A MONTH-LONG SPENDING FREEZE

spending freeze

I’m not quite sure what I’ve gotten myself into.  Earlier today I made the decision to kick off 2017 with a personal spending freeze.  In short, I’ve committed to ZERO discretionary spending for the entire month of January.  I’m referring to it as a ‘personal’ spending freeze, as I’m choosing to not try and pull my wife and kids into …

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THIS HOLIDAY SEASON: THE BEST TIME TO CUT YOUR CABLE

cut your cable

Hey freedom fighters!  I’ve got a great mid-week treat for you, a guest post from my friend Dan Vuchenich, who blogs over at getcableless.com.  One visit to Dan’s site is evidence that this guy knows his stuff when it comes to cutting cable.  In this post, he explains why the Christmas season offers up a great opportunity to do just that.  Enjoy!  …

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BE PREPARED FOR LIFE’S CHANGING FINANCIAL SEASONS

Seasons

Ahh, winter. It’s arrived and as usual, I’m woefully unprepared. It’s silly, really, and I have no excuse. I’ve lived most of my life in a northern, winter climate, so it’s never a surprise that snow and frigid temperatures are on their way. Each year, I have plenty of time to get ready. My lack of planning was top of …