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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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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 …

THE NORTH AMERICAN CONSUMER: HYPNOSIS OF THE MASSES

I was talking with a friend of mine the other day. A great guy, married with a couple of young kids. He purchased a new car about three years ago, a Hyundai Sonata.  At the time, I remember him telling me that he had financed the purchase over six or seven years, as it made the payments manageable. He drives the …

6 AMAZING BENEFITS OF NOT USING YOUR CREDIT CARD

For proponents of frugality and debt free living, credit cards make for a pretty easy target. It doesn’t take much work to point out the potential pitfalls of using credit cards for regular spending. It’s so easy in fact, that I get kind of tired from beating up on credit cards. So for this blog, rather than focus on the …

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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 …

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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 …