I am so excited to finally be able to write this post. As many of my long-time readers know, we live a fairly “normal” family life with a few adventures thrown in here and there. Well, that’s about to change. Big Time. After much consideration and debate, we have decided to sell Mr. MMM’s car, [...]

Let me start out by saying I LOVE the tiny house movement. In fact, after much speculation into my reasons for this fairly recent obsession, I realized just WHY I love this trendy movement. It turns out, I grew up in the Original Tiny House. That’s right, my family was obviously ahead of their time.  [...]

There are few things in this world that make such a screaming statement about the person you are (or want to be) other than the home you live in or the car you drive. These two high-ticket items allow you to shape the perception others have of you without having to utter a single word.  For the [...]

Now that the holidays are behind us, I’ve been working like crazy around the house to get all of our glorious decorations tucked away for next year. That sounded really good, but in reality I moved our decorated Christmas trees into our storage room, minus the balls :) I like to work smarter, not harder. [...]

Now that all the presents have been opened and the holiday ham has been gobbled up, I thought I’d share a typical day in the Mad Money Monster house with our readers. I’ve decided to map out a typical weekday for our frugal little family of 3. This year we have managed to save over half of our income [...]

Early Retirement sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? Mr. Mad Money Monster and I subscribe to the school of thought that the little stuff pays off big, and the big stuff pays off BIGGER. Create The GAP Don’t get me wrong, we are constantly racking our brains trying to implement savings hacks for all of [...]

This is such a timely post, considering we did just this last weekend. I have a love affair with real estate and, once again, allowed myself to consider the possibility of trading UP. After an entire day was spent driving by houses in our target market and running numbers, we started to feel that all [...]

I know it’s a little morbid but I did just visit the Mutter Museum :)  And everyone else keeps talking about bucket lists and fill-the-bucket lists (thank you, Maggie over at Northern Expenditure for putting a slightly less morbid spin on things), so I figured I’d give it a go!  Elimination And Evaluation The beauty [...]

STUFF doesn’t make us happy. Pursuing our passions makes us happy. Spending time with loved ones makes us happy. Increasing our intellectual prowess makes us happy. Financial Independence allows us the freedom to engage in all of the above.

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