Wins and Losses Series: Mark from The Retirement Spot – “I was actually helping the company eliminate my job”

Wins and Losses Series: Mark from The Retirement Spot - "I was actually helping the company eliminate my job"

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: Mark from The Retirement Spot!   Spoiler alert – Mark crushed this post and it’s full of knowledge gems. Take out your notebook… I know I did. Take it away, Mark!       I read some of MikedUp Blog’s series on Wins and Losses, and I said: “Oh yes I want to participate in this”.  What […]

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Why I’ll Never Consolidate Debt Again – But Why You Should

Why I’ll Never Consolidate Debt Again – But Why You Should #debtconsolidation #personalfinance #debt #networth

Have you ever considered taking an opportunity to consolidate debt that you have hanging over your head? Well, as I’ve written about extensively, we have more than a few thousand dollars in debt to our names, and consolidation is a tool we’ve considered using at multiple points on our journey.   But on the flip side, I’ve also heard more than a few horror stories about folks that consolidated their debt only to fall further into the hole they had dug for themselves… So today, I have an expert here to help educate us about the debt consolidation process – and when it may be an appropriate tool for you to pull out of that toolbox!   Joseph Hogue worked as an equity analyst and an economist before realizing being rich is no substitute for being happy. He now runs five websites and a YouTube channel on beating debt, making […]

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Wins and Losses Series: FIwith2kids – “…Another opportunity to add to the pile of rejections”

Wins and Losses Series: FIwith2kids - "...Another opportunity to add to the pile of rejections"

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: FIwith2kids!       Wins & Losses   Graduating College   Much like most of my peers in the Millennial generation, my parents pushed me down the college path.  Both of my parents took some college classes, but never completed their degrees as life events such as weddings, houses and kids got in the way.  They both […]

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Shout-out: I’m a dad and a business owner in my 30s with a 6-figure income — here’s how I spent my money during a recent week

(Photo via Business Insider)   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: I’m a dad and a business owner in my 30s with a 6-figure income — here’s how I spent my money during a recent week   Click here to check out the post!   Last Friday, MikedUp Blog saw probably it’s most significant moment since inception. I’ve been incredibly lucky to have some posts featured on amazing and well-read blogs. I’ve even had a post that got picked up on Marketwatch – and, believe me, we have celebrated each and every one of those wins! But last week, I had the fortunate opportunity to […]

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Can you Have Healthy Teeth without Spending a Fortune at the Dentist?

Can you Have Healthy Teeth without Spending a Fortune at the Dentist? #budget #saving #spendingless #dentalvisit #healthyteeth

I’m either the worst businessman in the world… Or there’s some other explanation why the CEO of a dental practice would be writing an entire post detailing how you can strategically and systematically save BIG money at the dentist’s office – and still have healthy teeth.   I’ll let you decide.   But as someone who runs a dental practice that prides itself on taking care of people (both customers and our staff), I saw a great opportunity here.   Our goal is to have the happiest and healthiest patients around… And last I checked, patients tend to be happier with both healthy teeth and a healthy pocketbook after visiting our office.   So, today I’m pulling back the curtain and giving you the cold hard truth about what you can do to save money at the dentist’s while maintaining your healthy teeth   The good news – you can […]

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My Wife Made Twice My Salary Last Year – So I Cut Her Pay…?

My Wife Made Twice My Salary Last Year - So I Cut Her Pay...? #income #marriage #femalebreadwinner #communication

I am a red-blooded 207 pound driven former-athlete of a man that feels the intrinsic drive to provide for his family. I am evolutionarily wired to protect, provide, and reproduce, and whether I like it or not – many of my decisions are subconsciously influenced by these long-established forces that are well beyond my control. So, when I tell you that I cut my wife’s salary by 75% last year – does any part of you think it was because my ego couldn’t handle her being the female breadwinner…?   (I’ll get back to that)   (Photo courtesy of MKulp Photography)     Before you get out the slings and arrows, let me start with some facts – then some clarification   My wife is a dentist who owns our family business – 100%. And although I currently work a day job as a forensic scientist, many of my nights […]

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Shout-out: 10 Signs You Have An Exceptionally Good Boss

Shout-out: 10 Signs You Have An Exceptionally Good Boss #leadership #personaldevelopment #businessowner #improve

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: 10 Signs You Have An Exceptionally Good Boss (Jessica Kay via The Financial Diet)   Click here to check out the post!   As we’ve worked to get our family business off the ground, I’ve been seeing bosses from multiple angles. I have one at my day job and I am one at night and on the weekends… It’s kind of been a meta experience to this point and ultimately I think it’s helped me a metric ton on both ends (although I still have a long ways to go…). I’m seeing things my boss does well and applying […]

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Wins and Losses Series: Kate from On Our Way World – “Follow your heart and remember that life is short”

Wins and Losses Series: Kate from On Our Way World - "Follow your heart and remember that life is short"

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: Kate from On Our Way World!   I was stoked to see that Kate had volunteered for the series – because honestly, I wanted a peek into how her (and her family of 4) continue taking such awesome adventures together! “They must have some interesting lessons to share,” I thought to myself – and Kate didn’t disappoint at all. So let’s get […]

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Why We’re Happy Taking a Few Extra Years to Pay Off Debt

Why We're Happy Taking a Few Extra Years to Pay Off Debt #SavingGoals #financialplanning #debt #saving

Guess what – Paying off debt at an accelerated rate can be harmful to your health… More than that, you may not be making the best decision for your financial future. “Why?” You ask – Being debt free isn’t the only mark of financial success. In fact, I’d argue that your saving goals can be significantly more important than being debt free…   Depending on your specific situation.     I met with our accountant last month, and throughout the first half of the meeting, I kept reinforcing a few of our current financial goals. “By throwing an extra $X at this loan, we’ll be able to knock that loan out 2 years sooner…”   I was focused on getting rid of a few of these debts we have as fast as we possibly could. And for a half hour, I lost sight of the bigger picture.   My accountant […]

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How to Host a Killer Holiday Party Without Going Broke

How to Host a Killer Holiday Party Without Going Broke #Holidayparty #budget #fun #family #thrifty

Hosting the annual holiday party is serious business. And with so many factors at play, it’s not difficult to send your friends and family away thinking, “Well, we’re not doing that again next year…” So here we’re going to cover the ins and outs of how to host a killer holiday party – without going broke!   (Photo courtsey of Randy Monfredi)   But first, a MikedUp Blog original:     As I unlaced my shoes and took a long deep breath, I quickly reviewed our entire battle plan in my head. Where were we exposed, did I plan for all potential contingencies, and what could come up during the conflict that I hadn’t previously expected? So many questions running through my mind and only a single white door separated the present from the future…   On one side of this door stood me – inside of my garage (…that probably […]

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