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When Your Wife Says “Don’t Buy Me Anything”

December 15, 2017
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I don’t know how you and your family celebrates Christmas or birthdays, but does your other half ever just tell you not to buy them anything ‘cuz they’re perfectly content? And do you believe them?? ;) My wife’s on year #8 now of doing this to me, and I think I’m finally catching on… Year #1: “Don’t buy you anything?? Yeah right!! Not falling for […]

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A handful of SUPER clever ways to spend $100 this holiday season :) PLUS: Our Christmas Stimulus winners!

December 8, 2017
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‘Sup sup! J. Money Claus here to spread the wealth, both literally and figuratively! ;) Just spent three solid hours reading and responding to all the great entries from last week’s Christmas Stimulus giveaway (over 800+ comments!), and WOW was it fascinating! You guys are so freakin’ creative!! We had the usual “I’d pay down debts” or “I’d bank it/invest it” or “I’d give it […]

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The Milkmaid and Her Pail

November 22, 2017
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A great reminder as we get into the holidays here, courtesy of Mr. Aesop :) Patty the Milkmaid was going to market carrying her milk in a pail on her head. As she went along, she began calculating what she would do with the money she would get for the milk. “I’ll buy some fowls from Farmer Brown,” said she, “and they will lay eggs […]

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My New “Spavings” Fund!

November 13, 2017
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You know when people say they’ve “saved” money, like from getting a good deal on something or using a coupon, only really what they did was spend money because savings only counts when it’s actually *saved*? “What’s that? The Ferrari dealership is having a $50,000 off sale? Awesome – here’s $300,000!” “A two-for-one sale on these shoes? Sweet – I’ll take 10 please!” Well, I […]

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9 More Financial Hacks to Put In Your Pocket

October 25, 2017
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Alright, so last week we featured a ton of financial tips and motivation from our *readers* of the blog here, so today I thought we’d share a handful of tricks from the *bloggers* in our space.  Many of which I’ll be hanging out with today and over the next few days at our yearly FinCon conference, so if you’d like me to personally thank any […]

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10 #Money Tips For Ya

October 16, 2017
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Y’all asked for more real-life stories like our #money motivations from last week, so today we deliver up another plate full :) Only this time around, we focus on money #tips. (Why do I keep #hashtagging everything?) I always keep a folder of great ideas when I see them in comments or emails, so here’s a smattering of them all for your perusal today. Share […]

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What If You Just Don’t?

September 25, 2017
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I’ve caught myself getting into a nasty habit lately – spitting. For some reason, any time I’m near water of any kind (sink, bath, shower) my body automatically wants to unload the saliva in my mouth as if I’m in a spitting competition with the world’s feistiest llama. It’s been going on for a few years now, but yesterday for whatever reason I decided I […]

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New Experiment: Buying All My Clothes Online!

September 18, 2017
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Alright guys – I’m on a new mission over here! I’ve whined about this before, but ever since I’ve gone down this glorious road of minimalism and not shopping anymore, my wardrobe has gone completely from Rockstar to Vagabondstar and my clothes are literally falling apart. Here are the jeans I’m currently wearing: Notice the beautiful patches along WITH the holes :) Not so bad […]

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“I Hide Money From My Wife”

August 30, 2017
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[As part of our weekly column by Mr. 1500 of 1500Days.com – a fellow blogger who retired at 43!] ****** At a recent party, I had a very interesting conversation with an old and good friend (I’ll call him Jeff). It started when Jeff asked me how my work was going. Jeff had no idea that I had quit my job. He also didn’t know about […]

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What Would You Do With An Extra $1,000?

August 14, 2017
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I came across this gem while decluttering some old “memory” boxes the other day… (the hardest to declutter btw – good lord!): In case you can’t read that, it says I would do the following if I were given $1,000 back in the day (mid-80’s): Buy 3 Nintendo games Buy a pair of roller blades Get $75 worth of “drawing things,” such as drawing books, […]

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Three Things I’ll Spend Money On (and Three I Won’t)

August 2, 2017
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[As part of our new weekly column by Mr. 1500 of 1500Days.com] ****** See that sign up there? I noticed it on a hike in Boulder Colorado a couple weeks ago. I had no idea what a paraglider was, but I was determined to find out. The thought of flying greatly excites me, but I always dismissed the idea of owning anything that flies because […]

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“Maybe the life you’ve always wanted is buried under everything you own!”

June 21, 2017
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Got another book recommendation for y’all! The More of Less, by Joshua Becker. Where that headline came from, and which should be the official bumper sticker of all minimalists, haha… “Maybe the life you’ve always wanted is buried under everything you own!” How good is that?? Similar to the book, Essentialism, I raved about the other month, this is another one that helps get your […]

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The Real Reason We Buy Stuff

June 7, 2017
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Have you ever met anyone who buys stuff they hate? Who willingly goes out of their way to blow money just because they see someone else doing it? I haven’t, yet we’re always talking about these “Joneses” who we’re supposedly keeping up with as if we were robots without any capability to think for ourselves! We are influenced by them, but the real reason we […]

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How Many of These Millionaire Spending Habits Do You Have?

May 24, 2017
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In honor of missing out on Millionaire Day over the weekend (BLASPHEMY!!), I thought we’d go over some of the frugal habits of the wealthy today and see how we compare :) I saw FreeMoneyFinance do this over on his own blog the other day, so if you’re wondering – yes, I’m going to totally copy him. Although in all fairness, he did nab the […]

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