We eliminated $200.60 in normal spending this month – here’s how

  Photo by RNM   There comes a point for most of us when you’re looking at the monthly budget, and after considering income and fixed expenses (contracts and bills), we don’t have a whole lot left over. You scratch and claw trying to cut variable expenses (groceries, fun money, unnecessary items) and consider starting a side hustle just to create some breathing room.   I’ve done all of these and after a while it becomes just as painful as you may imagine… You get run down because you’re working so much and having no fun. You start seeing the same scenery over and over again because to switch it up and drive to another part of town costs gas money. Then, inevitably, at the end of the week (or month if you’ve got some willpower) you break down, take a night off from the side hustle, and take the […]

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MikedUp Blog updates for late spring!

Hi Team! I want to give you a quick update on some MikedUp Blog happenings. A) You guys are crushing it! Thanks to all who turned out for fitness week this month, and to the readers who have been checking out the posts and sharing our content! We couldn’t be more appreciative. Thanks! B) We have some exciting posts in the works that will be coming to you in the very near future. Experimentation with finding ways to save money in the monthly budget (this one may surprise you), experimentation with a variety of fitness classes and routines that us fellas typically stay away from (I’m excited to break down some barriers with this one – already in progress), and our story about a modern-day veteran – a hero – and his tough journey home. I  hope you’ll enjoy these and the posts coming after them as much as I enjoy writing […]

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Warren Buffett bet huge on index funds – here are 5 reasons why you should too.

(Photo by SMW)   Warren Buffett is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and widely regarded as one of the most successful investors in the world. If you’re not too familiar with him as a professional, just know that many people attempt to model their investment strategies after his. Oh, and he’s worth billions, if you’re interested in that sort of thing.   As reported by Fortune and National Public Radio (and many other outlets), about 8 years ago Buffett took a bet of $1,000,000 against Protege Partners, a money management firm.   What was the bet?   Over a 10 year time period, who can pick the more successful investment? Simple as that.   How did this bet take shape?    Buffett challenged the hedge fund world in a speech – Protege Partners took the bait.   Where do the winnings go?    The winnings (which were invested themselves – […]

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May forecast

Hi Team! I’m excited to share with you some of what we have in store for May – but first I want to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all our readers! We’ve had a great response in our first two months since launch and we truly appreciate you all being here! With that being said, here’s some of what’s in store for May: Warren Buffett made a significant wager about 8 years ago. Although his strategy in this bet has been widely reported, I’m excited to share my opinions about why his bet has been so successful to this point. Sometimes a perfect Sunday makes for a nice day at the park and sometimes 30 year-olds shouldn’t play with kids’ toys… Because said 30 year-olds injure themselves – this will be one such story Of course we have a new fitness week coming your way very soon! And yes, this will […]

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New ‘Start here’ page added to the site

Hi Team! In an effort to add features to MikedUp Blog we have just added a Start here page to the site. The idea is to give new readers a quick glimpse into who we are, what to expect from the blog, and why we’re here. Take a minute to click on the link above and check it out. If you’re looking for a little more info about me – check out the about Mike page or email me. In separate news – we had great response from our article about Jon and Heather (the young couple paying off oodles of student loan debt in little time). If you haven’t read this one yet – I recommend the read. If you have, no worries, we have more interview/project pieces in the works. As always, Thank you for reading! We appreciate you being here and look forward to sharing more in the coming days. If you’re […]

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These two are on track to pay off $89,000 in student loans in 15 months – and they didn’t win the lottery

  …Noah Syndergaard (Pitcher for the New York Mets) is standing on the mound and staring intently at his catcher’s movements. He seems satisfied as he stands tall and mean mugs the runner on second. It’s the bottom of the 9th and that guy represents the tying run. He cannot advance. Syndergaard winds and delivers…   “Was it a strike?” Jon’s mind searches for the answer as he is roused from the dream by something gently poking his cheek. He realizes the dream is gone as consciousness overcomes him.   Now it feels like there are a few tiny sticks prodding his cheek so he swings and grabs. Nothing bothering his face but now it’s in his hand. Jon opens his eyes to find… a Boxelder bug (a stink bug). Not cool man. He sits up and sees them all over his room. He’s living with 6 other guys and initially chalks […]

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New site design!

Hi Team! We are excited to share with you the new site design for MikedUp Blog! Take a minute to poke around and let us know what you think. Hopefully you agree this is a change for the better, or if you’re finding us for the first time – no worries – we plan to tweak a few more things in the coming weeks. If you have any comments or questions let us know by commenting on the post or by contacting Mike. Have a great week! -Mike P.S. – Don’t miss Monday.

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The spending freeze – jump start your budget

  You’ve seen the medical dramas on TV… We’re in the emergency room with tall, dark, and handsome doctors and nondescript nurses all crowded around a motionless victim. Loud noises tell us the heart rate is flat-lining and we’re short on time. “Get me a crash cart, now!!” Said crash cart arrives a split second later – almost like it was part of the script – and as the doc grabs the paddles and rubs them together he yells, “Clear!” The electric current lifts this victim up off the table and then leaves, slamming the body back to the gurney. This is touch-and-go, and we’re on the edge of our seats because we honestly don’t know if these breaths may be this guy’s last… Cut to commercial. “Let H&R Block he…”   Let’s pretend you are the doctor in this scenario and I’ll ask you a question. Have you ever […]

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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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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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