When you Accidentally Pay the Mortgage Twice in December

“…But if you paid the mortgage twice, we’d be out of money in our checking account…?” Was Monica’s inquisitive statement.   “Exactly.” – My response     Let me briefly set the “I double paid the mortgage” table here…   We’re in the heart of December now. Christmas gifts, travel plans, party preparations, and a whole heap of other activities were on the mind (and the budget). Add that to the regular bills and responsibilities… I’m probably preaching to the choir here – we’re all busy, right? ’Tis the season!   I’m crying a bit to write this, but our student loan and mortgage payments only differ by a few cents. We take advantage of the automatic withdrawal functions for both but a recent refinancing of the student loans (blog post to follow next year) was done through a new lender, and hence a new website.   The combination of a hectic season […]

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7 Things You Should Never Say in a Job Interview

7 Things You Should Never Say in a Job Interview

This post originally appeared on Victori Media and is republished here with the blessing of its author – Tori Dunlap. As someone who has gone through his fair share of interviews as a job applicant and while we are new business owners who regularly interview hopeful candidates, I think Tori’s post below can help us all! That’s why I’m stoked she has agreed to share this information with us!   (Photo courtesy of Kevin Newton)   So without further adieu, I’ll let Tori take it from here…     Let’s play Would You Rather for a second: job interview or dental work with no novocaine? I know, it’s a hard question.   Job interviews can feel like you’re walking this strange tightrope: be confident, but not cocky. Excited, but not frantic. Professional, but not stuffy. You want to impress your interviewer: express your qualifications, ask good questions, and follow up flawlessly. And […]

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Wins and Losses Series: Robert from Real Money Robert – “…Windows down, truck running, pole barn closed…”

Wins and Losses Series: Robert from Real Money Robert - "...Windows down, truck running, pole barn closed..."

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’re interested in participating in the Wins and Losses Series, please send me a note here (you don’t have to be a blogger to participate!)     Check out the complete Wins and Losses Series Here   This week we have: Robert from Real Money Robert!   Mike: Alright… I should give you a heads up about a few things before you dive into this post.   There are some pretty graphic moments that detail Robert and his experience with self-harm. If this is not something you’d like to read about, please feel free to head over to Robert’s site as he […]

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How to Track Expenses – Methods That Work and Some I Hate

How to Track Expenses - Methods That Work and Some I Hate #personalfinance #expenses #tracking #budgeting #financialplanning

Team – Today we are fortunate enough to have another “Mailbag” post to share with you! Matt reached out a few weeks ago asking for some context about how to track expenses. I thought the question was a great one and because I had more than a few lines to write – I thought this made for a great Mailbag candidate post!   (Photo courtesy of Justin Montemarano)   I’ll let Matt set up his question about how to track expenses:     Hi Mike,     I just read your article from business insider. I related to a lot of aspects of your families story, and at the exact same spot in life. More exciting to me was the relatability of you and your wife’s approach to finances. I’ve been looking for a better way to track our families daily expenses, and I’m wondering what you use to track daily expenses?   […]

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Is Hammer and Chisel worth your time?

weight loss with help from Hammer and Chisel

Brittany originally appeared on MikedUp Blog to discuss healthy lifestyle choices and the improvements she made in her life to lose A TON of weight. And she’s back today to tell us all the ins and outs of BeachBody’s newer at home workout program – Hammer and Chisel!   Beachbody The Master’s Hammer and Chisel Base Kit with Autumn Calabrese and Sagi Kalev   Brittany is a rockstar in the fitness game (just look at her before/after pictures in this post and in the last), which is why I’m stoked to have her first-hand review of Hammer and Chisel!   Here is Brittany’s review of Hammer and Chisel!     When most people think of me at this stage in my life, a few things probably come to mind (or at least I hope they do haha)   I have a pretty active lifestyle, I have a strong positive attitude, […]

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Wins and Losses Series: Millionaire Mob – “In the span of 30 seconds, I lost over $500”

Wins and Losses Series: Millionaire Mob - "In the span of 30 seconds, I lost over $500"

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’re interested in participating in the Wins and Losses Series, please send me a note here (you don’t have to be a blogger to participate!)     Check out the complete Wins and Losses Series Here   (Photo courtesy of Justin Montemarano)   This week we have: Millionaire Mob!   Millionaire Mob is an early retirement blog focused on everything online income including: Travel Rewards, Passive Income, Dividend Growth Investing, and Personal Finance advice. I hope to provide the best advice to help you learn and grow along the way. Join the mob of financial freedom experts and escalate your life. Follow us […]

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My Dear Friend’s Battle with Breast Cancer

My Best Friend's Battle with Breast Cancer #cancer #diagnosis #remission #battle #surgery

It was the autumn of 2016 that one of our close friends was diagnosed with cancer. Jen wrote 14,000 words on this site about her battle with breast cancer in which she left no stone unturned. She shared the most intimate of details, describing emotions, choices, highs, and extreme lows without one ounce of hesitation. And as a result, we’ve had many people reach out thanking her for sharing those raw details. Whether those folks have a friend going through a diagnosis and treatment or if they are themselves – the consensus is that Jen kept it real.   But… As it turns out, there was a little more to the story.    What’s below is an account of Jen’s battle through a different set of eyes. We’re going to share this version of the story with you today and then we’ll have our third and final installment of Jen’s battle […]

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2019 – My Goals, Dreams, and Aspirations for “The Year of Change”

2019 - My Goals, Dreams, and Aspirations for "The Year of Change" #growth #goals #2019 #personaldevelopment #dreams

2018 was busy… We moved our fledgling dental office, MikedUp Blog kinda-sorta exploded (positively), I worked 3 jobs for a while, got too stressed out, then rebounded again, we took on a ton of debt (willingly), our business grew, and (most importantly) – we found out that my wife is pregnant (with #2)!! Whew… I’m tired just from typing out that sentence. While all of those things are amazing (except for the stress – but that ended up being positive in the end), I knew that 2019 would need to be different if I plan to keep up at this pace. So in this post, I will introduce you to my goals, dreams, and aspirations for 2019 – “The Year of Change” (YOC).   Why am I branding 2019 as the Year of Change?   Well, because of a few things. Some big announcements and some smaller ones – some […]

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Wins and Losses Series: Charles from That Charles Life – “Family time is valuable and sacrifices should be made to accommodate it”

Wins and Losses Series: Charles from That Charles Life - "Family time is valuable and sacrifices should be made to accommodate it"

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’re interested in participating in the Wins and Losses Series, please send me a note here (you don’t have to be a blogger to participate!)     Check out the complete Wins and Losses Series Here   (Photo courtesy of Justin Montemarano)   This week we have: Charles from That Charles Life!   Introduction   First off, I am very excited to be a part of this project series.  We all go through different experiences in our life, and when they’ve happened so long ago we can tend to forget just how much they impacted us; how wonderful they were, or how […]

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2018 – The Year and My Goals in Review

2018 - The Year and My Goals in Review #business #family #finance #dreams #goals #2018

Well, hot diggity… Time flies. Way back in January (2018) I was inspired by a fellow blogger’s post in which he outlined his goals for the year ahead. I had vague visions of what goals I hoped to accomplish this year, but in early January – these aspirations weren’t documented. So, in essence, they had a worse chance of becoming realized. With the winds of inspiration at my back, I set out to outline and describe my goals for 2018 (the title picture of this post is worth the click…). I even went so far as to create a spreadsheet for these goals, where I would record values, pass/fail marks, and leave notes about experiences had.   For the first 4-5 months of the year, I killed it with the goals, writing on the spreadsheet included. And over the summer, I published my mid-year recap of the 2018 goals with my […]

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