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Dec 30, 2016

Mr. Money Mustache explains the difference between frugal and cheap. This is Part 2 of 2.

Episode 220: Frugal vs. Cheap - Part 2 by Mr. Money Mustache (Money for the Rest of Us Savers - Like Suze Orman & The Art of Charm).

Mr. Money Mustache is a thirty-something retiree who now writes about how we can all live a frugal, yet awesome, life of leisure.
He and his wife studied engineering and computer science in Canada, then worked in standard tech-industry cubicle jobs in various locations throughout the late ’90s and early 2000s.
Then they retired from real work way back in 2005 in order to start a family. This was achieved not through luck or amazing skill, but simply by living a lifestyle about 50% less expensive than most of their peers and investing the surplus in very boring conservative Vanguard index funds and a rental house or two.

The original post is located here: http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2012/10/24/frugal-vs-cheap

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Dec 29, 2016

Mr. Money Mustache explains the difference between frugal and cheap. This is Part 1 of 2.

Episode 219: Frugal vs. Cheap - Part 1 by Mr. Money Mustache (To Get BiggerPockets Start With Why - Similar to The Dave Ramsey Show).

Mr. Money Mustache is a thirty-something retiree who now writes about how we can all live a frugal, yet awesome, life of leisure.
He and his wife studied engineering and computer science in Canada, then worked in standard tech-industry cubicle jobs in various locations throughout the late ’90s and early 2000s.
Then they retired from real work way back in 2005 in order to start a family. This was achieved not through luck or amazing skill, but simply by living a lifestyle about 50% less expensive than most of their peers and investing the surplus in very boring conservative Vanguard index funds and a rental house or two.

The original post is located here: http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2012/10/24/frugal-vs-cheap

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Dec 28, 2016

J. Money of Budgets Are Sexy points out, with 5 examples from his own life, how there's an optimal level of spending.

Episode 218: The Exact Amount to Maximize Happiness by J. Money of Budgets Are Sexy (Success Talks with Paychecks & Balances).

J. Money is a 6’1, hyperactive, rock a ‘hawk who loves drinking beer, blaring hip-hop, talking about money, and now playing with his two adorable baby boys.
He tracked his expenses for 3 months, made a budget, read some books, and stumbled into personal finance blogging and idea sharing, randomly turning BudgetsAreSexy.com into his full time “real job” a few short years later--14 million views later!

The original post is located here: http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/2014/05/exact-amount-money-maximize-happiness

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Dec 27, 2016

Ramit Sethi shares another tip from his series to save money--this time on optimizing your cell phone bill.

Episode 217: Tip 5: Optimize Your Cell Phone Bill by Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You To Be Rich (Social Science & Cognitive Psychology).

Instead of saying “no” to spending on everything, Ramit wants to use money to say YES. He knew there was a better way to live a rich life—if we could use psychology to focus on what actually works. Not just for personal finance, but all aspects of life: money, careers, relationships, business, fitness and more.
Since then, he's been testing and sharing his findings with the world via I Will Teach You To Be Rich.
He's also written a New York Times bestselling book, been profiled in a 6-page Fortune article and pictured next to Warren Buffett Forbes Magazine, and have been featured by a long list of media, including the Wall Street Journal, ABC News, NPR, Fox Business, PBS, CNBC and more. He also has tons of documented success stories—more than 20,000.

The original post is located here: http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/tip-5-optimize-your-cellphone-bill

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Dec 26, 2016

Joshua Becker shares how stories of generosity can make a bigger difference.

Episode 216: The Stories of Generosity We Ought to Champion by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist (Like Bill Gates & Bloomberg).

Joshua Becker and his family decided to live with fewer possessions after a conversation with his neighbor in 2008. As a result, they found a better way to live, centered on more important pursuits.
Their story has been seen on the CBS Evening News, NPR, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal and countless media interviews around the world. Their books have sold in the tens of thousands.
BecomingMinimalist.com is about their journey towards a rational approach to minimalism. It is about the joys and the struggles. It is about the lessons they have learned. It has inspired millions around the world. It is written to inspire you to intentionally live with less, and find more life because of it.

The original post is located here: http://www.becomingminimalist.com/champions-of-generosity

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Dec 23, 2016

Money Mini Blog's Kalen Bruce shares how simple it is to invest your money properly.

Episode 215: The Most Important Article You'll Ever Read on Investing by Kalen Bruce of Money Mini Blog (The Warren Buffett Method).

Kalen Bruce is the founder of MoneyMiniBlog. His story is simple… he and his wife were $24,000 in debt and became a student of finances to get out. They are now debt-free and building wealth. Kalen shares everything he has learned on his blog, writing informative, entertaining, mini blogs to help you with your finances. Finances can be intimidating, so he keeps his posts short, sweet, and simple.

The original post is located here: http://moneyminiblog.com/investing/the-most-important-article-investing

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Dec 22, 2016

Kristin Wong shares her side of the ongoing rent vs. buy debate.

Episode 214: Buying a House is Overrated. Here's Why I Did It Anyway by Kristin Wong of The Wild Wong (Best Real Estate Investing).

Kristin Wong of TheWildWong.com was laid off in 2013. She took on some freelancing gigs to earn extra cash while she searched for a new, full-time job and over time, her freelancing gigs increased. She started writing for sites that she loved reading and produced videos for new clients. Her side gigs began to bring in more income than any potential full-time jobs. She launched a blog all about frugal living and created The Wild Wong to share more about her career, her finances, and all the adventures in between.

The original post is located here: http://www.thewildwong.com/how-and-why-i-bought-a-house

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Dec 21, 2016

J.D. Roth of Money Boss shares the importance of building financial empathy. This is Part 2 of 2.

Episode 213: Building Financial Empathy - Part 2 by J.D. Roth of Money Boss (Make Me Smart - Undestand Others to Retire Inspired).

J.D. Roth has been reading and writing about personal finance for a decade. Today he’s financially independent, but ten years ago, his money life was a disaster, with over $35,000 in consumer debt. He started turning everything around in 2004. By being the boss of your own life, you, too, can be the master of your own financial fate.

The original post is located here: http://moneyboss.com/building-financial-empathy

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Dec 20, 2016

J.D. Roth of Money Boss shares the importance of building financial empathy. This is Part 1 of 2.

Episode 212: Building Financial Empathy - Part 1 by J.D. Roth of Money Boss (Similar to Meb Faber, Michael Covel, & Dave Ramsey).

J.D. Roth has been reading and writing about personal finance for a decade. Today he’s financially independent, but ten years ago, his money life was a disaster, with over $35,000 in consumer debt. He started turning everything around in 2004. By being the boss of your own life, you, too, can be the master of your own financial fate.

The original post is located here: http://moneyboss.com/building-financial-empathy

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Dec 19, 2016

Sam of Financial Samurai shares his opinion of homeownership being the "American Dream."

Episode 211: Should Homeownership Still Be the American Dream by Sam Dogen of Financial Samurai (Real Estate: Invest Like the Best).

Sam Dogen's net worth took a beating in 2009 as the world was falling apart. He thought it would be a good idea to start a personal finance site to help himself and others make sense of chaos. After all, he had spent 10 years working in the finance industry, got his MBA from Cal, invested and saved aggressively, and still got financially rocked! Since then, more than 20 million visitors have stopped by FinancialSamurai.com.

The original post is located here: http://www.financialsamurai.com/should-homeownership-still-be-the-american-dream

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Dec 16, 2016

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits shares some tips about the debt snowball and how to eliminate debt.

Episode 210: Eliminate Debt with the Snowball by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits (Reducing What You Owe from The Dave Ramsey Show).

Leo Babauta created Zen Habits, which is about finding simplicity and mindfulness in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness.

The original post is located here: https://zenhabits.net/eliminate-debt-with-the-snowball

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Dec 15, 2016

A guest author on Budgets Are Sexy shares some common money mistakes that we've probably overlooked.

Episode 209: Why Smart People Make Bad Spending Decisions by Ornella Grosz with Budgets Are Sexy (What If We Study Billionaires).

J. Money is a 6’1, hyperactive, rock a ‘hawk who loves drinking beer, blaring hip-hop, talking about money, and now playing with his two adorable baby boys.
He tracked his expenses for 3 months, made a budget, read some books, and stumbled into personal finance blogging and idea sharing, randomly turning BudgetsAreSexy.com into his full time “real job” a few short years later--14 million views later!

The original post is located here: http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/2011/06/why-smart-people-make-bad-spending-decisions

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Dec 14, 2016

Mr. Money Mustache shares ways that you're "cleaning" out your wallet. This is Part 2 of 2.

Episode 208: Are You Cleaning Out Your Own Wallet - Part 2 by Mr. Money Mustache (Social Science Spending Like The Art of Charm AoC).

Mr. Money Mustache is a thirty-something retiree who now writes about how we can all live a frugal, yet awesome, life of leisure.
He and his wife studied engineering and computer science in Canada, then worked in standard tech-industry cubicle jobs in various locations throughout the late ’90s and early 2000s.
Then they retired from real work way back in 2005 in order to start a family. This was achieved not through luck or amazing skill, but simply by living a lifestyle about 50% less expensive than most of their peers and investing the surplus in very boring conservative Vanguard index funds and a rental house or two.

The original post is located here: http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2013/12/30/are-you-cleaning-out-your-own-wallet

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Dec 13, 2016

Mr. Money Mustache shares ways that you're cleaning out your wallet. This is Part 1 of 2.

Episode 207: Are You Cleaning Out Your Own Wallet - Part 1 by Mr. Money Mustache (Achieve Your Goals with Paychecks and Balances).

Mr. Money Mustache is a thirty-something retiree who now writes about how we can all live a frugal, yet awesome, life of leisure.
He and his wife studied engineering and computer science in Canada, then worked in standard tech-industry cubicle jobs in various locations throughout the late ’90s and early 2000s.
Then they retired from real work way back in 2005 in order to start a family. This was achieved not through luck or amazing skill, but simply by living a lifestyle about 50% less expensive than most of their peers and investing the surplus in very boring conservative Vanguard index funds and a rental house or two.

The original post is located here: http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2013/12/30/are-you-cleaning-out-your-own-wallet

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Dec 12, 2016

Joshua Becker shares how return policies actually help stores, not the consumer.

Episode 206: How Refund Policies Encourage Spending (and Reduce Returning) by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist (Money Life).

Joshua Becker and his family decided to live with fewer possessions after a conversation with his neighbor in 2008. As a result, they found a better way to live, centered on more important pursuits.
Their story has been seen on the CBS Evening News, NPR, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal and countless media interviews around the world. Their books have sold in the tens of thousands.
BecomingMinimalist.com is about their journey towards a rational approach to minimalism. It is about the joys and the struggles. It is about the lessons they have learned. It has inspired millions around the world. It is written to inspire you to intentionally live with less, and find more life because of it.

The original post is located here: https://www.becomingminimalist.com/return

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Dec 9, 2016

Ramit Sethi shares actionable steps to take to negotiate lower car insurance.

Episode 205: How to Negotiate Lower Car Insurance by Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You To Be Rich (Car Talk & Money: Quick & Dirty Tips).

Instead of saying “no” to spending on everything, Ramit wants to use money to say YES. He knew there was a better way to live a rich life—if we could use psychology to focus on what actually works. Not just for personal finance, but all aspects of life: money, careers, relationships, business, fitness and more.
Since then, he's been testing and sharing his findings with the world via I Will Teach You To Be Rich.
He's also written a New York Times bestselling book, been profiled in a 6-page Fortune article and pictured next to Warren Buffett Forbes Magazine, and have been featured by a long list of media, including the Wall Street Journal, ABC News, NPR, Fox Business, PBS, CNBC and more. He also has tons of documented success stories—more than 20,000.

The original post is located here: http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/tip-13-negotiate-your-car-insurance

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Dec 8, 2016

A guest author on MoneyMiniBlog shares some creative ways to save money for a vacation.

Episode 204: 10 Creative Ways to Save Money for a Vacation by Amber Clark with Money Mini Blog (Retire Inspired Like Chris Hogan).

Kalen Bruce is the founder of MoneyMiniBlog. His story is simple… he and his wife were $24,000 in debt and became a student of finances to get out. They are now debt-free and building wealth. Kalen shares everything he has learned on his blog, writing informative, entertaining, mini blogs to help you with your finances. Finances can be intimidating, so he keeps his posts short, sweet, and simple.

The original post is located here: http://moneyminiblog.com/save-money/creative-ways-save-money-vacation

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Dec 7, 2016

Kristin Wong shares a financial principle we should all consider.

Episode 203: Why Buffering is Crucial to Your Finances by Kristin Wong (Similar to the Dave Ramsey Show & Motley Fool Money).

Kristin Wong of TheWildWong.com was laid off in 2013. She took on some freelancing gigs to earn extra cash while she searched for a new, full-time job and over time, her freelancing gigs increased. She started writing for sites that she loved reading and produced videos for new clients. Her side gigs began to bring in more income than any potential full-time jobs. She launched a blog all about frugal living and created The Wild Wong to share more about her career, her finances, and all the adventures in between.

The original post is located here: http://www.thewildwong.com/why-buffering-is-crucial-to-your-finances

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Dec 6, 2016

J.D. Roth will be tracking every single expense in 2017 and shares why he's doing it. Are you up for the challenge?

Episode 202: Why I Plan to Track My Spending During 2017 by J.D. Roth of Money Boss (Similar to Make Me Smart & Dave Ramsey Show).

J.D. Roth has been reading and writing about personal finance for a decade. Today he’s financially independent, but ten years ago, his money life was a disaster, with over $35,000 in consumer debt. He started turning everything around in 2004. By being the boss of your own life, you, too, can be the master of your own financial fate.

The original post is located here: http://moneyboss.com/why-i-plan-to-track-my-spending-during-2017

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Dec 5, 2016

Joshua Becker shares a minimalist view of holiday shopping & gifts this time of year.

Episode 201: Holiday Shopping. We Can Do Better by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist (Christmas Season: Getting BiggerPockets).

Joshua Becker and his family decided to live with fewer possessions after a conversation with his neighbor in 2008. As a result, they found a better way to live, centered on more important pursuits.
Their story has been seen on the CBS Evening News, NPR, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal and countless media interviews around the world. Their books have sold in the tens of thousands.
BecomingMinimalist.com is about their journey towards a rational approach to minimalism. It is about the joys and the struggles. It is about the lessons they have learned. It has inspired millions around the world. It is written to inspire you to intentionally live with less, and find more life because of it.

The original post is located here: https://www.becomingminimalist.com/even-better-than-shopping

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Dec 2, 2016

Joshua Fields Millburn of The Minimalists shares his perspective of finances in the world of minimalism.

Episode 200: A Minimalist's Thoughts on Money by Joshua Fields Millburn of The Minimalists (How Minimalism & Finance Go Together).

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 4 million readers. As featured on: ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, TODAY, NPR, TIME, Forbes, The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Post. They live in Missoula, Montana.

The Minimalists' Book "Essential" can be found here: http://www.theminimalists.com/books

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Dec 1, 2016

Sam of Financial Samurai shares some wealth statistics and encourages you to check your retirement wealth number.

Episode 199: What's Your Retirement Wealth Number by Sam Dogen of FinancialSamurai.com (Plus a Free Easy Retirement Calculator).

Sam Dogen's net worth took a beating in 2009 as the world was falling apart. He thought it would be a good idea to start a personal finance site to help himself and others make sense of chaos. After all, he had spent 10 years working in the finance industry, got his MBA from Cal, invested and saved aggressively, and still got financially rocked! Since then, more than 20 million visitors have stopped by FinancialSamurai.com.

The original post is located here: http://www.financialsamurai.com/whats-your-retirement-wealth-number

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Nov 30, 2016

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits shares his tips for teaching kids about money. This is Part 2 of 2.

Episode 198: 10 Lessons to Teach Your Kids About Money - Part 2 by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits (Like Dave Ramsey for Young People).

Leo Babauta created Zen Habits, which is about finding simplicity and mindfulness in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness.

The original post is located here: https://zenhabits.net/10-lessons-to-teach-your-kids-about-money

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Nov 29, 2016

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits shares his tips for teaching kids about money. This is Part 1 of 2.

Episode 197: 10 Lessons to Teach Your Kids About Money - Part 1 by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits (Teaching Children About Finances).

Leo Babauta created Zen Habits, which is about finding simplicity and mindfulness in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness.

The original post is located here: https://zenhabits.net/10-lessons-to-teach-your-kids-about-money

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Nov 28, 2016

Joshua Becker shares some advice for not only Cyber Monday, but every day of the year.

Episode 196: Don't Buy Stuff You Don't Need by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist (Consumerism & Shopping - Our Money Planet).

Joshua Becker and his family decided to live with fewer possessions after a conversation with his neighbor in 2008. As a result, they found a better way to live, centered on more important pursuits.
Their story has been seen on the CBS Evening News, NPR, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal and countless media interviews around the world. Their books have sold in the tens of thousands.
BecomingMinimalist.com is about their journey towards a rational approach to minimalism. It is about the joys and the struggles. It is about the lessons they have learned. It has inspired millions around the world. It is written to inspire you to intentionally live with less, and find more life because of it.

The original post is located here: http://www.becomingminimalist.com/marriage-hacks

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