December 2015

We would like to thank all of our readers for making our personal finance blogging experience AWESOME.  We’re impressed at how quickly we have grown after only starting our online presence in late September of this year.  And for that, WE thank YOU!  To round out our year-o-frugality, we’d like to give you the gift [...]

Mr. MMM and I are always looking for ways to improve ourselves, our future, and our income (passive, that is ;).  I mean, after all, we do author a personal finance blog.  2015 has turned out to be a life-altering year around here.  We both had a frugal mindset from the start, but after joining [...]

Remember George Bailey as a kid?  All he wanted to do was be a grown up and travel the world.  Remember the grown-up version of George Bailey, stuck in Bedford Falls, and resenting his family because he didn’t get to travel the world?  Remember how he was constantly worrying about money and bills?  Remember how [...]

Let me start by saying that inexpensive is a relative term.  Inexpensive quickly turns into a ridiculous term when it comes to buying something you didn’t need to buy in the first place.  Basically, you’re spending money to save money.  Hmmmm…that doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense, does it?  You know, it’s kinda [...]

Let me tell you a story.  Long, long ago, in a town just down the road, I was born into a lower-income family with parents who never graduated high school.  Although, we were immaculate and well taken care of, we lived quite modestly in our tiny house (actually a trailer, but tiny house sounds trendy [...]

As we all know, the only constant in life is CHANGE.  With that being said, the FIRE path is something Mr. MMM and I have been traversing the past few months.  We feel we are finally firmly planted in the mindset and have started blazing our own path.  We sat down this past weekend with [...]

This has turned out to be a week of innovative financial thinking in the Mad Money Monster household.  Mr. MMM and I even nailed down a more solid financial forecast for our cash.  Yes!  Last week I told you the detailed story of how I grew up and discovered the underlying reason for my fascination [...]

I was at a loss for words when it came time to write this post.  With all the hustle and bustle of the season, I felt like my topic ideas were falling flat.  And then, it happened.  Visions of a wonderfully, awesome idea started dancing in my head!  And, I knew just what to do! [...]

This week I was talking with a colleague at work and realized that they spend $800 EVERY month on groceries.  WHAT?!?  They’re a family of 4, but 2 of them are small children, and 1 child is breast feeding.  So, that’s basically a family of 3.  And let’s face it, little kids just don’t eat [...]

Last week I hit a BIG milestone.  I’ve been creeping towards this milestone for a couple of years now.  But last week, I HIT IT.  I am now contributing the maximum contribution to my 401k plan.  That’s right.  $18,000/year is going into my retirement account (before the company match)!  A few weeks prior to bumping [...]

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