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Phrases to use instead of “I Don’t Want to Spend Money”

October 16, 2019
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Caught this on Twitter and had to reshare! Great alternatives! So many of us struggle with saying “no” to stuff, but it’s not because we don’t care or *want* to do a lot of these things, but it’s simply ’cause we’re trying to keep our $$$ reigned in! So having an arsenal of lines like this is SMART to have in your pockets for whenever […]

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Our Decision on The Benz!

October 14, 2019
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So after many (MANY!!) days obsessing about this and pouring over your thoughtful notes and advice and nudges (you sure didn’t hold back! Haha…) we finally made a decision on what we wanted to do with that Benz offer burning a hole in our brains… And that decision is…. drum roll please…. NOT TO BUY IT!! EEK! And instead, keep going forward with the minivan […]

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Should we buy this Benz?!

October 7, 2019
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So here’s an interesting deal that recently popped into my inbox! A cousin of mine asked if any of us need a new car as he’s about to sell his that he hardly uses anymore (and we do! My wife’s is getting pretty decrepit!), and out of all the cars in the world it’s one of my FAVORITES from back in the day! A Mercedes […]

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Lifestyle Creep… Isn’t That Kind of the Point?

October 2, 2019
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[Morning! Please enjoy this guest article today from my boy Nick over at Side Hustle Nation who stops by the blog to share the evils – and perks? – of lifestyle inflation with us. Always gotta stay vigilant as it’ll get you good if you’re not paying attention! Help us out, Nick!] ******* Most of what you’ll find on the Internet are articles on how […]

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Do you suck at giving gifts like I do?

August 29, 2019
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Hey guys! So I’ve been emailing back and forth with an amazing reader here, and it reminded me just how terrible I am at giving gifts and how I want to be better :) She includes a few good ideas here that I can start working in, but if anyone else would like to chime in and share their tips I’m all ears!!! And I […]

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When spending money improves your life!

August 26, 2019
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Morning! So I’ve been spending a lot of money on something lately, and after weeks of trying to figure out why I’ve been so perfectly fine with it I’ve finally figured it out :) These things I’ve been dropping money on?? Electric lawnmower Electric hedge trimmer Electric weed wacker (that came with an electric snow blower!) And then most recently – an electric chain saw […]

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Would you pay for your favorite free apps??

August 21, 2019
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Saw a fun study in my inbox this morning and thought I’d play along ;) Maybe one day companies WILL charge us for some of these apps?! Have you ever considered the value you place on your favorite free apps? Many services remain free thanks to advertising. But what if things changed? …In a recent study, we set out to measure the value regular users […]

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Do you know your Survival Number?

May 24, 2019
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Stumbled across this clip from an old guest post here, and thought it needed to be re-shared and contemplated again ;) Have you ever ran your “survival number” before?? From: 4 Tricks to Save More, Spend Less, and Pay Off Debt Your Survival Number Try this: calculate how much money you need for a decent survival each day. Count all important expenses, but aim to […]

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Things that make your life better for under $50

May 13, 2019
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Morning y’all! Hope you had a good weekend! Came across this poll on things that genuinely make your life better, and an hour later I had a list of all kinds of recommendations noted in case I ever need them one day, haha… And all from like-minded people too! (ie mindful/productivity nuts) Figured I’d double up on the energy here and pass ’em along to […]

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6 more $$$ hacks!

May 9, 2019
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Here are a bunch more hacks to add to that FIRE Spreadsheet ;) I was going to wait until I had a little more saved up, but some of these were just way too good to be hidden for long! Haha… Tips don’t do anyone good just sitting in the inbox :) Hope you find something new to try! ***** The Landfill Trigger Here’s a […]

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“Why don’t we celebrate the things we DON’T have?”

May 7, 2019
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Got this excellent note from a friend, and had to share it today as a reminder that the journey to freedom is as much about the things you *don’t* do as it is the things you *do*. It might not be as sexy, but it’s still a huge part of the process! From David Damron: Random Thought: Why don’t we celebrate the things we DON’T […]

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6 Ways to Avoid The Diderot Effect

April 22, 2019
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A friend of mine passed me this article on Denis Diderot who I could have sworn we’ve blogged about before, but a quick search told me we hadn’t so I had to make sure we fixed that STAT :) Here’s the article I was passed, by one of my favorite writers online – James Clear: The Diderot Effect: Why We Want Things We Don’t Need […]

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4 questions to ask before you buy that next “thing”

April 15, 2019
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Morning! Found this draft in my inbox this morning and realized I never finished it!! Not sure if that was done on purpose because it was lame, or if I was just being way too lazy/forgetful, but either way we’re about to find out! ;) It was inspired by an article on Vice’s new personal finance site, FREE, that covered the 6 questions everyone should […]

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Do you treat your money differently depending on *how* you get it?

March 25, 2019
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Was thinking about the way I spend my money, and noticed how drastically I treat it depending on *how* exactly I come across it ;) For example: Money I get as gifts: Time to spend away!! And almost always towards *wants* vs needs and those things I’d never go out and buy for myself but deep down really want, haha… So basically – the best […]

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