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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 …

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OUR SUPER FRUGAL ROAD TRIP – PART 3

frugal road trip

POST UPDATE:  AUG 27/2017. – In re-reading over this post tonight, I noticed that I made a glaring error in calculating our trip expenses.  It’s actually in my favour, meaning that we spent even LESS than I reported in the post below.  For anyone who is interested, the theme park tickets and parking, listed at a combined $247, were reported …

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OUR SUPER FRUGAL ROAD TRIP – PART 2

super frugal

This post contains affiliate links, see full disclosure below. Hey freedom fighters! We’re officially past the halfway point of the Mystery Money super frugal road trip, which makes for an opportune time to check in with an update. In case you missed my last post, our family left home on July 21st. During our trip, we’re staying in hotels and with family, covering over …

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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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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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UNDERSTANDING YOUR KIDS’ MONEY PERSONALITY

Parents have incredible influence over their children’s current and future relationship with money.  In this post, I illustrate the importance of understanding how this influence changes over time, and that it should vary with each child.  Recently, our (almost) 16 year old son got his first job.  Make that, his first REAL job.  Over the past couple of years he’s …

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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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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 …