I cry actual tears every time I shop at Aldi…

Shop at Aldi

After decades of shopping at other stores that we don’t need to mention here, about 2 years ago my wife and I decided to shop at Aldi – exclusively – and we haven’t looked back! In this post, I’ll give you all the reasons why we chose Aldi in the first place, why we stick around, and what the few things are that we would change if we could.   But before that, a little background:     There I was for THIRTY WHOLE YEARS! A sucker. Mark. Pawn. Call me what you want, but I was definitely spending so much more money on groceries every month than what was necessary.   Do you want to know the worst part…?   I didn’t even know the difference!! Aldi hadn’t entered my mental space. I was gleefully oblivious and didn’t see the lead weight forming that would eventually drag our monthly […]

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Shout-out: Should I Refinance My Student Loans?

Shout-out: Should I Refinance My Student Loans?

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: Should I Refinance My Student Loans by The Finance Twins   Click here to check out “Should I Refinance My Student Loans”   First off, The Finance Twins (TFT) know what they’re talking about… If you remember back a few months, Camilo (1 of the twins) wrote an amazing and gripping story about three rags-to-riches brothers who mourned the loss of their father at a young age, were raised by a single mother in a foreign country, and only went on to be either a doctor, retired from a Wall Street career and now entrepreneur, and an Investor… In […]

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Wins and Losses Series: Fred from Money With a Purpose – “Addicts are master manipulators”

Wins and Losses Series: Fred from Money With a Purpose - "Addicts are master manipulators" #adversity #addiction #family #heroin #overcomingadversity

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!)   (Photo courtesy of Al Emmert)   Check out the complete Wins and Losses Series Here     This week we have: Fred from Money With a Purpose!   Fred does not hold back with this story. I have some thoughts that I’ll share below, but for now – let me get out of his way…       My name is Fred Leamnson. I’m a financial advisor at Leamnson Capital, a firm I started in 2011 […]

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When Quitting Your Passion Might Be the Best Option

When Quitting Your Passion Might Be the Best Option #pivot #passion #quitting #goals #ballet

Quitting Your passion is a process I’ve struggled with in the past… And one I’m also wrestling with at the present (more on that… in time). But no matter what your passion or your specific situation, quitting can be so… shameful.   But I’ve recently come to know another great blogger, SC from MissFunctional Money (I know, great blog name, right??) who has also had some intimate experience with quitting something that was her life – for nearly all her life. And news flash – it wasn’t easy for her to make that decision. And because SC has been so open and honest in her post below, I think we’ve been given the fortunate opportunity to see when quitting the thing you love – may be the best thing that could’ve happened to you.    I’ll let SC take it from here:     “What are you going to be when you […]

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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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