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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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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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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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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Here’s What to Do After you Crush it and Retire Early

Way to go!! You buckled down and are able to retire early! Now what? Here - we paint 2 great pictures of the best possible outcomes - then leave it to you! #retireearly #finance #travel #homestead #snarky

Well, congratulations… You did it! You called on all the great frugal tips, created the perfect family budget, and took advantage of all the best tax credits. And because of all your hard work, you achieved the dream – you earned the right to retire early! Congrats!! …But now what?   If you’re one of the prominent FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) bloggers/proponents, you’ll then go on to travel the world, live in either a sailboat or an RV, and blog about all the highs and lows of “living the dream!”   Or maybe you won’t…   You could go the other route of being “debt free including the mortgage”, plant some routes, and set up a co-op workspace for all the local entrepreneurs in your activity-rich town of choice.   But – you’ve worked so hard to reach FIRE and now have to completely evaluate all the pros and […]

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Wins and Losses Series: Todd from Invested Wallet – “Feeling defeated is an understatement”

Wins and Losses Series: Todd from Invested Wallet - "Feeling defeated is an understatement"

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: Todd from Invested Wallet!   Hi MikedUp Blog readers!   My name is Todd Kunsman, I’m the head of marketing for an awesome start-up company and I’ve also been writing about personal finance and investing since 2017.   I recently decided to launch my own platform called Invested Wallet, aimed to help educate and inspire beginners and beyond on investing and […]

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Wins and Losses Series: Matt from Spills Spot – “I was unemployed for about 6 months”

Wins and Losses Series: Matt from Spills Spot - "I was unemployed for about 6 months"

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: Matt from Spills Spot!     I love that Matt took the series prompts to heart with this one – he really dives into the lessons learned during these wins and losses and I’m stoked that he let us into these moments in his life. Some gems in this one! Take it away, Matt!     Hello MikedUp Blog readers!   […]

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