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WOULD YOU BUY YOUR CHILD THEIR FIRST CAR?

first car

It’s a question many parents ask themselves.  Should you purchase a first car for your child, versus having them save the money on their own. My son turned 16 about six months ago, and is currently shopping for his first car. Naturally, this has led to many conversations with other parents about their own experiences. What I’ve found, somewhat surprisingly, …

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WHATEVER IT TAKES, LIVE DIFFERENTLY

LIVE DIFFERENTLY

Hey everyone! This past week, I’ve been thinking about the concept of what it means to ‘live differently’ when it comes to your money. As you’ll find out below, I was inspired by a quote from a fellow personal finance blogger. To illustrate the power of living differently, as opposed to following what most consider to be the ‘normal’ materialistic …

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OVERCOMING YOUR FINANCIAL KRYPTONITE

financial kryptonite

The personal finance blogosphere has it’s share of stars.  These superheroes of personal finance walk, or bike, among us.  They look like you and me…for the most part. 😉  They have interests that are similar to anyone else, join the same clubs, and attend the same churches.  Their kids ride the school bus with your kids. They even shop at the same …

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MONEY

What you need to know about money

Walking through the office this week I noticed Ron, one of my regular clients, waiting by the front door.  Whenever I see him, I make a point to stop and chat.  We’ve shared many conversations over the years, and I appreciate his thoughtfulness, and his insights on life.  Ron’s an older guy, in his early to mid-seventies, so needless to …

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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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ALL CAR REPAIRS FALL INTO THESE 3 CATEGORIES

car repairs

Hey everyone, hope your weekend is going well! I’m coming at you with a short post today, regarding one of my favourite topics…cars! I actually haven’t written nearly as many vehicle-related blog posts as I would have expected when I started out blogging.  Of course, you may view that as a good thing, depending on your interest level on the …

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MYSTERY MONEY TRAVEL EXPERIMENT – PHOENIX EDITION

travel experiment

This post contains affiliate links, see full disclosure below. Hey everyone! This past week, my son and I travelled to Arizona to catch some spring training baseball. It was our first time in Phoenix, and here’s hoping it won’t be our last. The weather was perfect, and the atmosphere at the ballgames was super relaxed. We had a chance to do some …

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STUFF I HATE SPENDING MONEY ON

I had to pick up a pair of jeans the other day, and it reminded me how much I hate spending money on clothes.  I’m not a fan of shopping at the best of times, but there’s something about having to buy clothes that I find completely frustrating!  If it’s for my family, I have no issue with it, but even …

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WHY YOU SHOULD CELEBRATE SMALL VICTORIES

I’m going to ask you to do something today. Take your biggest dreams, and lay them down.  The very things that propel you forward, that fuel the fire inside you.  That’s right.  For today, I want you to set them aside. Just for today. Your money or career goals.  Early retirement.  Dreams for your relationships. Lay them down. Your fitness …

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HOW TO CRUSH YOUR MONEY GOALS WITH A SWOT ANALYSIS

SWOT ANALYSIS

If I were to tell you that you can apply the same strategic planning tool used by the world’s most successful corporations to your most important money goals, would you be interested? Well, you can, and whether it’s paying down a pile of debt, building an emergency fund or planning for an early retirement, you’ve come to the right place! The tool I’m …