10 Rich Habits to Improve Your Life

10 Rich Habits to Improve Your Life #wealth #personalfinance #personaldevelopment #financialgoals #richlife

Hi, Team! When I introduce a guest blogger on the site, I always say that I’m thrilled to feature the author, that I took great information from the post, and that I can’t wait for you to read it. And that is 100% true. If I didn’t love a guest post, it won’t get published. Period. So I will say all of those things about this post and this author. And I will also tell you that the below post about rich habits is incredibly insightful and can have a significant positive impact in your life. But I’m not stopping there This post was written by ESI from ESI Money, a blog about achieving financial independence through earning, saving, and investing (ESI). It’s written by an early 50’s retiree who achieved financial independence, shares what’s worked for him, and details how others can implement those successes in their lives. He is also […]

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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 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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Eliminate Collision Auto Insurance – Boost the Budget!

Eliminate collision auto insurance - boost the budget!

So I did something crazy last week… I was having a conversation with our insurance agent and just went off on a tangent about collision auto insurance. “What do we save to eliminate it?” I asked him.   “Well, Mike. If you don’t have collision coverage, and you get into an accident, you’ll have to pay 100% of the repair costs…”   Continue reading below to see why that above statement, although true, didn’t phase me in the least. Because I went ahead and eliminated collision auto insurance for both of our vehicles… Then I had to think of a bullet-proof pitch to sell Monica on the idea. Here’s that pitch:     Let’s start with discussing the benefits of collision auto insurance. This should be pretty straightforward: If you wreck your car and you are at fault, collision coverage will pay for the cost of your vehicle repairs after you’ve […]

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Why I Write About Finance and How YOU Benefit

Why I write about finance

Investment banker I am not…   Nor do I call me a CFP (Certified Financial Planner), accountant, or loan officer. Do you know what I’m actually pretty good at, though?   Handling money well… And teaching others to do the same   My knowledge when it comes to finance is less Formal MBA, and more: live, learn, and fine-tune moving forward. And I knew from an early age that learning about money and how to handle it was one of my passions.   (Photo courtesy of MKulp Photography)   Meet the Neighborhood Lawn Care Co.   My first entrepreneurial story takes place around age 12/13 and I remember it like it was yesterday.   This was back in ‘98 or so, and that’s when color printed flyers in mailboxes actually got looked at. I used that fact to my advantage when I “created” The Neighborhood Lawn Care Co. and sent out […]

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