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The Hidden Cost Of Small Town Living

small town living

My wife and I are raising our three kids in a small town, about 40 minutes drive from my work in the city. We chose small town life many years ago for several reasons; family supports, proximity to schools & church, general peace and quiet, that kind of thing. The lower cost of living, town vs. city, was also a …

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Mixed Bills – Random Thoughts On Money…

thoughts on money

Hey everyone, I was dealing with some writer’s block this week, it happens from time to time. But rather than try and force myself to craft some fine piece of personal finance wisdom (it wouldn’t happen), I’ve decided to opt for the ‘stream of consciousness’ approach, and download a bunch of money-stuff that’s been on my brain over the past …

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Helping Your Child Buy Their First Car

first car

For any teenager, buying a first car is a big deal.  Not only are there a lot of important decisions to make, it’s often the first major purchase of their young life. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the factors your child needs to consider prior to buying a first car, and how you as their …

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Super Frugal Road Trip Recap

road trip

We are a family that loves to road trip.  In fact, over the past 18 years my wife and I, along with our three kids, have logged more than 65,000 miles on over 20 road trips. During this time, we’ve learned how to create some pretty memorable vacations with our kids.  We’ve also figured out how to make them extremely …

5 Money Saving Tips For Your Next Family Road Trip

family road trip

This post may contain affiliate links.  See our disclosure below.  Today is Day 14 of our family’s annual Super Frugal Road Trip.  With 4 days remaining, and almost 2000 miles left to travel, it remains to be seen whether or not we’ll come in under our spending goal of less than $1000 for the entire 18-day vacation. The odds are …

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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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ENWEALTHEN INTERVIEW: MYSTERY MONEY MAN ON FINANCIAL LITERACY

financial literacy

Hey everyone! Real quick post today to let you know that my interview on Enwealthen is live! The good folks at Enwealthen have an interview series, called ‘The Financial Literacy Chronicles’, and they approached me recently to share some of my thoughts on the subject. Be sure to check it out here. The interview series features several of my favourite …