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 [...]

As I was scouring the internet this week reading other financial blogs, I was excited to come across This One by our friends at How To Stuff Your Pig.  It’s all about financial gift giving for children.  I was amazed that the very first suggestion is the EXACT one we will be doing for Mini [...]

The holiday shopping season is upon us, and here at Mad Money Monster we’re trying to figure out how to save MORE money this month.  Craziness.  We’ve been going over our expenses with a fine-tooth-comb and feel as if there isn’t much more fat to trim.  Having one foot firmly planted in the Spend Less [...]

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