Wins and Losses Series: Drew from FI Introvert – “You’re broke. You have nothing”

Wins and Losses Series: Drew from FI Introvert "You're Broke and You Have Nothing"

Hi, Team!   Welcome to another edition of MikedUp Blog’s Wins and Losses Series, where we interview a generous participant about 4 of the best and worst moments of their life. The point? To learn from the past so that we can improve in the future!   If you are are interested in participating in the series, please send me an email and we can talk details.    This week’s participant is: Drew from FI Introvert   Drew has recently become a blogging friend of mine and I’m so glad that he agreed to take part in this series. Why? Because everything I read from him carries with it either a great lesson or some solid information. Drew went all-out with what’s below and I’m so excited to share this with you now! Take it away, Drew!   (Photo courtesy of MKulp Photography)   Background   I struggled for years to decode […]

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From Broke to Ballin’ – Up Your Business’ Profit the Right Way

From Broke to Ballin - Up Your Business' Profit the right way #smallbusiness #profit #reviews #entrepreneur #growth

“We’re on track to come up about $20k short…” As I said the words to my business partner, she was understandably irate.   “Excuse me? $20k… That’s a lot of k’s!!!”   You see, there are great advantages to being in business with your spouse, but explaining the fact that we are about to be broke and maybe not make payroll in three months – is not one of those benefits.     How we almost became broke business owners   June 30, 2017, was a monumental day for celebration in our family. We had succeeded in navigating the gauntlet that was buying our dental practice. But it wasn’t a spring day’s walk in the park to get there.   There had been a multitude of hurdles, fire pits, and sinkholes placed before us. At first, it was finding a price that was agreeable to both sides. Which is not normally a […]

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Is Your Family Prepared for an Emergency?

Is Your Family Prepared For An Emergency #Prepping #Prepared #EmergencyResponse #Safe

Hi Team! I am stoked to share the below post with you today! This one is all about how to best prepare your family in case of an emergency and it comes to us courtesy of Othala Fehu: Two government lawyers with 2 kids, rolling towards FIRE (Financial Independence / Retire Early). The only pagan Net Worth Blog around, I think. I also delve into Prepping and Precious Metals because I am otherwise worried I would become too popular.   I have been asked several times now to provide a piece on prepping in relation to personal finance blogs. For me, I am always glad to provide the piece. There is no reason these two passions are not linked more often. I find many of the same traits abound in each niche; Frugality, Minimalism, Self-Reliance, and Independence. It’s hard to gauge just where I should start a post about different concepts and ideas […]

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This is What Perseverance Looks Like

What Perseverance Looks Like #Adversity #Goals

Hi, Team!   I’m incredibly excited to share this post below with you today. The moment I heard Camilo’s story for the first time, I reached out and asked if he would be kind enough to share it with the MikedUp Blog Team. He obliged and I’m thrilled. Are you ready to see what perseverance and drive can do for you? GOOD.   Hi everyone! My name is Camilo and I run the personal finance site The Finance Twins with my identical twin brother. Our site is focused on providing our thousands of regular readers with all of the basic personal finance information they need to effectively manage their money. This means not having to pay someone else tons of fees to do it for you, unless you want to. And once you get the hang of it, managing your money won’t even be that time-consuming. From building your first […]

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I Found True Happiness on the Far Side of the World

Finding True Happiness On The Far Side of the World #Joy #Happiness

It was “go outside and start sweating instantly” hot with 100% humidity.   We had finally made it to a suitable campsite at about 4:00pm and I was quickly running out of water. The 4 liters I had packed in the morning were all bone dry, save for a few drops in one of my bottles.   The rum was still half full though… But that wasn’t going to do my dehydration much good. I glanced at my two friends, both dropping their packs and seemingly exhausted. We were the only 3 humans within 50 miles on the uncivilized edge of a Costa Rican rainforest. Ocean to our west and deadly rainforest to our east. The options were few.   I knew we had to take care of a few priorities. Quickly. Darkness was coming and we needed to set up our tents, start a fire, and find water. All […]

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I Remove Collision Insurance – We Get in a Collision

I Removed Collision Insurance - We Get in a Collision #Saving #AutoInsurance #Budget #Accident

File this under the “full disclosure” section of MikedUp Blog… Last week I wrote all about the awesome financial benefits we’d have by removing collision auto insurance from our decade-old vehicles.   “It’ll be great,” I said. “We’ll save hundreds… or thousands if we can stay in these cars for a few more years.” And in my defense, I wasn’t wrong on that point. But there’s that word: ‘if’   Well, it just so happens that one of our vehicles was in a collision… Precisely 3 weeks after I wrote the initial post and subsequently stopped the collision insurance. And as it turns out, there aren’t a ton of savings via lower premiums in 3 weeks. So the benefits of removing collision insurance on that car were about, roughly, close-to… $0.   And zero cents.     Ok, now that those numbers are out of the way – here’s the […]

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What To Do When You Inherit One. Million. Dollars.

What to Do With An Inheritance #ReduceDebt #Save

What would you do if you Inherited a Million Dollars? Here is what it would feel like if you won a million dollars… or at least how I see it going down. You wake up, turn on the coffee pot, grab some breakfast and flip open your laptop. As you are logging in you decide to grab your phone and look at your checking account because it is payday. However, when you pull up the account you notice a 7 digit number instead of the normal 4. You spit coffee all over your laptop but who cares, you are officially a millionaire! After the shock wears off (if it ever does) you are now confronted with one question: what are you going to do with your new fortune? So now what do you do? Opposing Viewpoints Blog Battle! Hey, so before you read any further this is a dueling blog […]

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67 Great Frugal Tips to Make you Wealthier Today

67 Great Frugal Tips to Make you Wealthier Today

There was a point in my life when I’d ask my college roommates to bring me back ketchup packets from their lunches out (#1). I wasn’t about to pay full price for the Heinz when they’re just giving that stuff away at some local establishments… I mean, C’mon.   I say the above to let you know that I’ve sat for hours contemplating different ways to save a buck here or earn a buck there. All in a combined frugal effort to fight the staggeringly large 6-figure student loan debt over our heads.   And now that I’ve been to the frugal mountaintop and we’re nearing the end of our student loan repayment, my personal finance nerd friends and I will occasionally search the web for frugal tips that we haven’t heard of or tried in a while.   But I haven’t found a comprehensive list that details all the […]

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Shout-out: 20 Reasons Why I spent Over $10,000 on a Home Gym

Hello all!   Our Saturday morning shout-outs highlight a post/article/book/other that I’ve come across lately that deserves exactly that: a ‘shout-out.’ The goal here is to hopefully introduce my readers to other authors or bloggers that have had an impact on me, my writing, and my life.   This week’s shout-out is: 20 Reasons Why I spent Over $10,000 on a Home Gym(Miguel – The Rich Miser)   Click here to check out the post!    While I’m not planning to shell out $10k on a home gym, my optimistic-self thinks that a (less expensive) home gym could be in my future. Aside from the convenience factor of having the gym in your house, Miguel goes on to extensively explain why what some may consider a luxury item should be at least considered as a staple. Hey, I write about fitness on occasion, so the fitness as a priority point isn’t […]

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Shout-out: How To Save On Healthcare Costs

Hello all!   Our Saturday morning shout-outs highlight a post/article/book/other that I’ve come across lately that deserves exactly that: a ‘shout-out.’ The goal here is to hopefully introduce my readers to other authors or bloggers that have had an impact on me, my writing, and my life.   This week’s shout-out is: How To Save On Healthcare Costs (Jim from The White Coat Investor)   Click here to check out the post!   You want to help me reduce healthcare costs? I’m in. Oh, and you’re a doctor who knows the system inside and out? Yeah, now I’m glued. Jim is a licensed physician with over a decade in practice and he’s taken the liberty to give us some actionable and (actually) achievable pieces of advice to help reduce or eliminate health-related costs. As we’ve set off in business for ourselves and will soon be responsible for our entire healthcare costs, […]

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