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7 SUREFIRE WAYS TO STAY BROKE

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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AN ODD COUPLE: THE SURPRISING TRUTH ABOUT FRUGALITY AND PROCRASTINATION

frugality and procrastination

This is my first ever guest post, written for Chris over at the Keep Thrifty blog!  Chris is a great blogger who has also written a post here at Mystery Money Man, titled Your Debt Is An Infestation.  I had fun with this one, it’s a slightly different look at the concepts of frugality and procrastination.  Enjoy!  My friends Frugality and …

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TEACH YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT MONEY WHILE SHOPPING

Today’s post was written by Jacob, who blogs over at PowerOverLife.  In it, he shares some ways that parent’s can turn shopping into an important teaching opportunity for their children.  Enjoy! My parents always took opportunities to teach my siblings and I about money…including at the store. Have you ever viewed a shopping trip as the perfect opportunity to teach your children about …

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YOUR DEBT IS AN INFESTATION

Debt

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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DEBT’S SILVER LINING

silver lining

“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 …

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, …