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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, …

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HOW TO SUPERCHARGE YOUR BUDGET WITH A SPENDING FREEZE

  In todays post I share how implementing a spending freeze to our family’s budget helped break a paycheck to paycheck lifestyle and increased our cashflow.  One thing I’ve learned about creating a budget is that there is no ‘right way’ to do it.  The best approach is what works for you.  The important thing is that you are budgeting, period.  …

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IT’S SEPTEMBER, TIME FOR BACK TO SCHOOL….CHRISTMAS SHOPPING?

Seasons Greetings, Financial Freedom Fighters!   Sorry, I know, that was pretty lame. ?  Today’s post is a short one though, so please hang with me. : ).  In fact, I wasn’t planning on posting this afternoon as I’m working on a longer article to get out in the next couple of days, but I couldn’t resist. My wife and …

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HOW I GAVE UP MY iPHONE (AND LIVED TO TELL THE STORY)

3 months ago I gave up my iPhone.  Willingly.  I wasn’t coerced.  Let me tell you it wasn’t easy!  I did it for a few reasons, the main one being to save $$$.  Actually that was the only reason, however I did see that other benefits could potentially arise from this painful separation. HOW DID I ARRIVE AT THIS SEEMINGLY TERRIBLE …

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DEATH BY A THOUSAND CUTS: THE STARTLING COST OF KEEPING IN TOUCH

In my recent post titled, “Your Financial Freedom Journey: Where To Begin”,  I highlighted 3 activities people can undertake to help identify possible overspending.  If you haven’t had a chance, please check it out! In it, I focus on expenses that can be reduced somewhat quickly and easily; discretionary spending, communication costs and outstanding consumer debt (through consolidation of high …

HOW DO YOU LIKE THEM APPLES?

I had an unusually early start to the day today, up at 4:15 AM to drive my brother in law to the airport. He travels to visit his mother a couple of times a year, and I enjoy the opportunity for the two of us to chat. Two hours later, I’ve been there and back and it’s still early. The …