Help!! I’m Proposing and Need Some Financial Advice!!

Help!! I'm Proposing and Need Some Financial Advice!! #creditcards #proposing #highyield #savings #personalfinance

Hi, Team! From time-to-time, I’ll do a mailbag post where I’m literally answering questions from readers just like you! So if you’ve got a burning question or would like a second set of eyes on a financial, business, or fitness situation, please feel free to reach out on Twitter or via email and my answer to your question may be featured in a post!   (Photo courtesy of Justin Montemarano)   Today, I’m responding to Jake, who asked a few things about credit cards and online savings accounts (my comments are in bold italics here):   1- What’s the best way for me to pay for a wedding ring that I don’t currently have the cash for but will in the next 12-15 months (he’s proposing in the next 2 months), and what are some things I need to be thinking about? Is going with a 0% APR for a year […]

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5 Articles That I Absolutely Loved Last Month

5 Articles I Absolutely Loved Last Month #roundup #personalfinance #personaldevelopment #family #retirement

This post is a guest curation for Rockstar Finance, the leader in selecting and sharing the best personal finance content. To get the top money posts delivered straight to your inbox every weekday, subscribe to the Rockstar Finance newsletter.   (Photo courtesy of MKulp Photography)     “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body” -Richard Steele   Alright, Team – Since the blog has seen some pretty awesome growth in August, a few pretty crazy things have been happening: I’ve been hearing from more readers through emails, blog comments, and social media messages about the posts themselves (which is awesome, by the way – thank you!), I have seen more doors open up to me that would’ve otherwise not been there (thank you again!), and I have been interacting with so many more bloggers in the personal finance community and beyond (thanks thirdly…?)!   And it’s that […]

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How to Start Going Green – 13 Easy and Effective Ways!

How to Start Going Green - 13 Easy and Effective Ways! #environment #gogreen #sustainable #environmentallyfriendly

  Have you ever had a desire to start ‘going green’ (you know, using more environmentally friendly products and practices) but you just don’t know where to begin? Well, that was us just a couple months ago… And until I started asking my friends for some advice, I had no idea what to do, where to look, much less how to get started.   That is until I asked one of my ‘greener’ coworkers to help me with an intro guide on how to get started. Little did she know, I’d ask her to write a guest post for the blog as well… 😉And it doesn’t hurt that she’s also an accomplished writer! So let me get out of the way and let Sarah hook you up with the roadmap on how to start going green. Take it away, Sarah!     Hi, all! I am a coworker of Mike’s and […]

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You Want to Be a Millionaire – Start Not Acting Like it

You want to be a millionaire - start NOT acting like it

Have you ever had the experience when something hilarious happens to you at some point throughout the day… And you just can’t wait to get back to your wife and tell her all about it?   Personally, there’s the combination of fear that I’ll forget the most important details and just lack of patience that both provide me with a sense of urgency.   Combine that with the fact that these Grade A+ stories just don’t land well over the phone – so you know that waiting is what’ll provide the best result.   Well, a Saturday morning exactly one year ago provided me with one of these exact moments.   All courtesy of my neighbor. You know… the one that wants to make sure you think he’s a millionaire…? Oh, you know him, too? Cool.     His subterranean sprinkler system popped up from beneath the grass when he […]

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Wins and Losses Series: Bryan from Buck & Cents – “Housing prices plummeted 93%”

Wins and Losses Series: Randy - "I'm kicked out by my father in the only game he ever showed up to"

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 by Al Emmert)   This week we have: Bryan from Bucks and Cents!     Bryan is a Dad, a Finance Manager, and a budget expert! He has been an extreme saver for most of his life, even before extreme saving was considered ‘a thing’! You can read about his goal of eventually saving up to $23.0 million (currently in the 6-figure range)! He started his site […]

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How to Take a Family Vacation on a Budget

How to Take a Family Vacation on a Budget #budget #vacation #expenses #value #compromise

Vacations can be so important to the development and cohesion of a family. We try to vacation at least annually, and every time we’re on that trip back home, we find ourselves reflecting on all the memories made and lessons learned. But those trips don’t pay for themselves… So that’s when thinking about how to plan a family vacation on a budget comes into play. Today I’m thrilled to bring you a post from Mr. Thrifty – an amateur arm wrestler (more on this below), a lover of Merle Haggard, a family man, and a connoisseur of all things thrifty in nature. Take it away, Mr. Thrifty! Mr. Thrifty publishes Thrifty Enough at https://thriftyenough.com. Thrifty Enough provides an uncommonly common sense approach to thrifty living, including some of the thriftiest original and curated personal finance content out there. You can also find him on Twitter at @thriftyenough. Mr. Thrifty lives […]

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Shout-out: How To Quickly Get 5-Star Reviews For A Small Business

How To Quickly Get 5-Star Reviews For A Small Business #reviews #teamwork #smallbusiness #revenue #profit

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 Quickly Get 5-Star Reviews For A Local Business (Hustle to Freedom Podcast)   Click here to check out the post! And here is the audio in case you don’t use a podcast app:     If you’re a subscriber to MikedUp Blog’s email list, you know from my Sunday Quick Starts that I’m a pretty big fan of podcasts – and the Hustle to Freedom Podcast is definitely one of those. Ryan Helms (the host) is always bringing on guests from diverse backgrounds and experience levels. One constant: we’re all hustling to improve in one area or […]

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Wins and Losses Series: The Physician Philosopher – “The call you never want nor expect”

Wins and Losses Series: The Physician Philosopher - "The call you never want nor expect"

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 Kevin Newton)   This week we have: The Physician Philosopher (TPP)!   TPP is a blogger that I’ve been getting to know more and more over the past month. He’s an anesthesiologist, husband, father, and all around intelligent guy that has a ton of wisdom to share. That’s why I was stoked when he agreed to carve out some time to write for […]

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Flying With Baby Got You Terrified…? No Worries

8 Steps for Flying With Your Baby and Keeping Your Sanity #travelhacks #flying #travel #familyvacation #stress

Hi, Team! This is a special occasion for me today. I’m welcoming back a close friend, published author, English teacher, and candidate for Virginia Senate – He’s my brother-in-law (@ronnierossva)! He and his wife recently took a trip across country with their newborn (my godson). And as they prepared for flying with baby, they couldn’t find the singular “how-to” resource. So they created their own! Here it is! 😉     Ronnie Ross is a new father who, along with his wife and son, lives in the Piedmont area of Virginia.  A teacher and school administrator, he spends his days helping young folks read, write, and think “better.”  Recently, inspired by the birth of his son, he announced his candidacy for the Virginia Senate.   After much careful consideration, my wife and I did something incredibly stupid   We booked a cross-country flight with an infant.  Four months out, it seemed like […]

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Shout-out: The Costs of Having a New Baby

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: The Costs of Having a New Baby (Jamie from Mr. Jamie Griffin)   Click here to check out the post!   As the father of a 3-year-old with the potential for more kiddos down the way, this post was a great refresher and brought back one of my most terrifying moments in life. My wife and I planned extensively for our hospital costs associated with the delivery of our first child. We knew when mom’s out of pocket max would be met and what would be required over that “maximum.” The first day we got a bill for our […]

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