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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Wins and Losses Series: Tom from MapleMoney – “I spent the way I thought rich people did”

Wins and Losses Series: Tom from MapleMoney - "I spent the way I thought rich people did"

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: Tom Drake from MapleMoney!     I was so excited to have Tom volunteer to participate in the Wins and Losses Series. As you’ll read below, he’s been doing this blogging thing for 10-years!! Thats like 52.5 blogging years (when converted) and I can’t wait to share his wisdom and experience with you! But more than blogging, he’s been making financial decisions, […]

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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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Shout-out: 10 Steps To Success For New Investors

Shout-out: 10 Steps to Success for New Investors

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.   (Photo courtesy of Kevin Newton)   This week’s shout-out is: 10 Steps To Success For New Investors via Personal Finance For Beginners   Click here to check out the post!   I love this post… And that’s partially because of who it comes from. It’s hosted by Personal Finance For Beginners (a great blogger friend of mine), but it was written by Fred of Money With a Purpose. Fred is a financial planner with 30 years of experience, and every one of those years shines through in this post. He’s not just some guy behind a keyboard… He’s been helping families of all […]

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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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5 Simple Steps to Boost Your Credit Score Up To ‘Excellent’

If you plan to take out a loan, buy some type of insurance, negotiate a reasonable utility bill, or even get a job in the next few years – your credit score better be in good shape. It’s one thing to just make your payments on time, but it’s a totally different thing to strategically boost your credit score, brick by brick. Number by number. This post will give you the roadmap. I’ll let you know what actually determines your credit score, then I’ll show you how to boost your credit.   (Photo by Kevin Newton)   First things first, let’s find out what factors actually determine your credit score   1- Payment History   Payment history is said to represent 35% (most important of the factors) of your overall credit score and it is based on how consistent you are at paying your bills. What kind of bills?   […]

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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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