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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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: How should I negotiate my next raise? (Laurie)

 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 should I negotiate my next raise? by Laurie via womenwhomoney.com   You may or may not have heard about how women are paid less on average, as compared with their male counterparts when it comes to many job types. Rather than focus on negativity, the women behind Women Who Money are helping to arm all of us (yes guys, us too) with the skills necessary to better perform and get compensated in the workplace.   This post is packed with tons of actionable content, advice, and links to other sources, and they’re all aimed to arm us at […]

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Full disclosure: MikedUp Blog does produce an income

Hi Team!   I want to make sure I’m upfront with changes to the blog as they are made. So, 2 things to give you the heads-up on.   1) If you haven’t noticed, I’ve placed some ads on the blog’s pages. I was hesitant to do this early on because I didn’t want to distract readers from the posts being published. Another reason – there weren’t a whole lot of visitors to warrant ads… Although MikedUp Blog is no household name, we’ve been fortunate to see a gradual rise in traffic.   It is my hope that you agree these ads are subtle and not overabundant. Thus far – no complaints. Cheers to that!   2) My most recent post – Eliminate bad debt (financial pillar #4) – includes a link where you can buy a book on Amazon – The total money makeover by Dave Ramsey. If you click through this link and make a […]

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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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10 Financial Musts Before Age 20

Is your ideal dream to retire at age 35? Would you like to eliminate your debt? Or do you just want to avoid the reality of living paycheck-to-paycheck that plagues about 75% of Americans? Whatever end game you desire requires discipline, hard work, and a bit of a financial education. These 10 financial musts before age 20 are designed to provide you with a tremendous foundation to achieve your financial goals.   The title implies that this article is intended for someone not yet in their 20’s, which is true, but these methods can and should be applied throughout life. The sooner you start though, the closer that financial freedom comes. It is my intention that implementing these 10 musts will help you develop good financial habits, eliminate debt, and increase savings so that no matter your dreams, they are achievable. We will be posting 2 musts every Financially Fit Friday […]

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