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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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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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8 THINGS EVERY NEW BLOGGER NEEDS TO KNOW

    This post was originally written shortly  after launching my blog, MysteryMoneyMan.com.  If you’re considering starting a blog, there’s a lot of great advice available all over the web from very experienced, successful bloggers. It’s the same advice that helped me get my site up and running. Hopefully this article will provide you with some additional inspiration as well as a few …

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NEWSFLASH: YOUR KIDS DON’T NEED MORE STUFF!

One of the biggest mistakes I see many parents make is how much money they spend on their kids, or on their kids activities.  I’ve never understood feeling the need to supply everything your child asks for, or thinking that they will somehow be better off by doing so. If this sounds familiar to you, I can tell you that …

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The Outrageous Price Of Convenience

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Would you spend 800% more for a product or service in order to gain a 10-15% improvement to your level of comfort or convenience? The truth for most people is that they would think nothing of this sort of behaviour.  It happens all the time. In fact, it’s one of the biggest reasons people find themselves stuck financially.  We live …

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Your Pickup Truck Is Driving You To The Poorhouse

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When searching for ways to spend less money, you might want to start by taking a closer look at how much you are shelling out to get from point A to point B. Because if you’re like most families, transportation costs are taking up a significant portion of your budget.  And while all vehicles tend to be a money pit …