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All posts sorted alphabetically by category (we will be a week or so behind with updating this page):   Finance 10 Financial musts before age 20 Financial must 1 Financial must 2 Financial must 3 Financial must 4 Financial must 5 Are you missing the ‘Golden Era’ for an opportunity to refinance? “Cut up your credit cards!!” (Wait… what? Why?) Financial pillars for us millennials Do what you love Protect your income Sit down and make a budget Eliminate bad debt Learn to live below your means Pay yourself first Work with knowledgeable professionals How a $10k IRS bill makes you re-evaluate your tax strategy Mailbag – do I track cash transactions No, not everyone needs a budget (guest blogger – Dan) No excuses – pay like a champion (response to the few who say it can’t be done) Not your granddaddy’s wireless plan – stop overpaying (guest blogger – […]

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10 Financial musts before age 20 (5 of 5)

This is the fifth and final post in our Financial Must series, where we’re aiming to provide you with a tremendous foundation to achieve your financial goals. We have the previous eight Musts listed below to remind you what we’ve covered. If you’d like to read about those in detail, check out Must Post 1, Must Post 2, Must Post 3, or Must Post 4. Thanks for reading! 1) Find a way to earn an income and do it at an early age. 2) Set goals for yourself financially, and make sure at least one is attainable in the short term. 3) Open a checking account. 4) Get a credit card with a low limit. 5) Do not put anything on that credit card if you don’t have the money for it in the bank. 6) Start an investment savings plan. 7) Live frugally and save as much of your income as possible. 8) Learn to separate needs from […]

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April plans

  Other than April Showers, here are a few things we’re excited to share with you in the coming weeks! Our April plans:   A workout challenge is coming your way very soon. Competing against yourself, or a friend of yours, is on the docket. This is complete with ‘instructional’ video with backdrop not consisting of a beige wall… I’m very excited about this one. We are also working on a post about experiences with group fitness. The final installment of our 10 financial musts under age 20. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the 8 previous Musts. These last two complete our foundation for more in depth financial posts in the future. Segue: Towards the end of the month I plan to share with you a story of Jon and Heather, a married couple who are on track to pay off $82,000 in student loans… In 15 months!! They are well over […]

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The real survival guide for new dads (3 of 3)

  This our third and final installment of The real survival guide for new dads series. If you’ve missed our first two – feel free to check them out here (first) or here (second). Otherwise, let’s read some entertaining stories and maybe learn a thing or two.   The fourth trimester. The first few months after your baby is born are often referred to by this moniker – and for good reason. Positives during this time included: Monica wasn’t vomiting any more, we got to meet our beautiful daughter, and… you know I can’t remember too many details but things were looking up. There were a few things to keep an eye out for though…   I hate you means I love you? Postpartum is legit. So legit, in fact, that postpartum depression is shown to severely affect 1 in 7 women in the subsequent months after birth (1). Take ‘severely’ out of the equation […]

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10 Financial musts before age 20 (4 of 5)

This is the fourth of five posts (in our Financial Must series) where we’re aiming to provide you with a tremendous foundation to achieve your financial goals. We will be posting 1 more list next Friday (April 1). We have the previous six Musts listed below to remind you what we’ve covered. If you’d like to read about those in detail, check out Must Post 1, Must Post 2, or Must Post 3. Thanks for reading! 1) Find a way to earn an income and do it at an early age. 2) Set goals for yourself financially, and make sure at least one is attainable in the short term. 3) Open a checking account. 4) Get a credit card with a low limit. 5) Do not put anything on that credit card if you don’t have the money for it in the bank. 6) Start an investment savings plan. … 7) Live frugally and save […]

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The real survival guide for new dads 2

  This is a continuation of our The real survival guide for new dads series. If you’ve missed our first installment – feel free to check it out here. Otherwise, let’s keep this parenting train moving. Just a heads-up first though: this post is a bit heavy on some of the darker realities of parenting – poop, pee, and vomit. If this affects you, reader discretion is advised.   Babies excrete fluids, solids, and some weird combination of the two.   One thing you need to know up front is that babies love to spit-up, throw-up, at times projectile vomit, pee, and poop. They don’t seem to care whether it’s in a diaper, on the carpet, in your hair, or … in your mouth (yea, I wen’t there – story to follow). Because all of these things can happen frequently there are a few points to cover.   Let a nurse walk you […]

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10 Financial musts before age 20 (3 of 5)

This is the third of five posts (in our Financial Must series) where we’re aiming to provide you with a tremendous foundation to achieve your financial goals. We will be posting 2 musts every Friday until the list is complete. If you are enjoying the posts, please take a minute to subscribe to MikedUp Blog. Just click on the ‘subscribe’ button in the bottom right corner, enter your email, and you will get every post as soon as it’s published.   We have the previous four Musts listed below to remind you what we’ve covered. If you’d like to read about those in detail, check out Must Post 1 or Must Post 2. Thanks for reading!   1) Find a way to earn an income and do it at an early age. 2) Set goals for yourself financially, and make sure at least one is attainable in the short term. 3) Open a […]

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The real survival guide for new dads (Part 1)

  Do you remember that time you were watching that movie with the Navy Seals and you were thinking – “man these guys are tough. They never lose, they’re all rock solid, and they always kill the bad guy. I mean, I know it’s the movies but still… probably true, right? These guys are always on the go or in a fight and yet, somehow, they find a way to function at optimal performance constantly and never seem to sleep. How do they do it?” Well my friend, you’re about to find out. Here’s what you need to know about being the Navy Seal of new dads. Spoiler: it’s what you need to know but can’t possibly prepare for.   A bit about us – to put things in perspective   I was honored and completely humbled to find out that I have become a bit of an authority on […]

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Welcome Video

Hi Team! We want to welcome you to the site and let you know what’s coming in the near future. Check out our welcome video and see what’s to come. If you enjoy this video or look forward to the posts, please subscribe to the blog so that every new post comes straight to your inbox. You can also check out the YouTube channel (MikedUp Blog) or follow Mike on Twitter (@RealMikedUp). Have a question or comment? Let us know by commenting on the post or emailing Mike at MikedUpBlog@gmail.com. We’re glad you’re here. Thanks again and talk soon!   – Mike

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