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Kraig Mathias

Hi, I’m Kraig. I’m 30 and I live on my own in the Minneapolis/ St. Paul area. I live my life debt free and live below my means. I do it for the peace of mind, the lowered stress and anxiety, the excitement of what it will mean for my future and so that I can become financial independent as soon as possible.

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Retirement Planning Tips for Self-Employed Entrepreneurs

Retirement Planning Tips for Self-Employed Entrepreneurs

| March 18, 2016 | 1 Comment

Thinking about switching the daily grind of a 9 to 5 for self-employment but worried about how it may impact your retirement plans? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! According to a recent Ameritrade survey, only 31% of the self-employed respondents cited that they were ‘saving for retirement regularly or to the extent that I would […]

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3 Ways to Save Money on Transportation

3 Ways to Save Money on Transportation

| March 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Transportation costs account for a significant level of spending for most families, so it pays to take a close look at sums spent on cars and other transportation costs. Each individual uses transportation to meet his or her unique needs, so there is no single “right” way to make your way from point A to […]

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Tips For Getting Started With Online Trading

Tips For Getting Started With Online Trading

| March 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Every day, millions of people sit down at their computers to engage in online trading. Some of these people are trying to earn enough money to live on, while others are just trying to supplement their existing income. No matter why you are interested in this activity, you need to make sure that you take […]

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3 Ways to Save Money on Car Hire in Belfast

3 Ways to Save Money on Car Hire in Belfast

| February 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

If you have bitten the bullet and decided to treat yourself to a holiday in Belfast, then you most probably want to save as much money as possible on your trip. Saving for your trip might have taken you a few years and you don’t want to spend your money where it isn’t necessary. Of […]

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How to Live on $20,000 a Year without Mooching off of Anyone

How to Live on $20,000 a Year without Mooching off of Anyone

| February 24, 2014 | 31 Comments

During 2011, my first year after getting out of debt, I spent just over $20,000 for the entire year. Most importantly, I didn’t mooch off of anyone. This article breaks down the process for you, step-by-step, so you get cut your spending to $20,000 per year and get out of any financial disaster you may […]

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It’s NOT About Dollars per Item, It’s About Total Dollars Spent

It’s NOT About Dollars per Item, It’s About Total Dollars Spent

| February 10, 2014 | 21 Comments

So I was at Walmart the other day with a friend, picking up some groceries and household supplies to tidy up my apartment (you know, get it smelling all fresh and what not). When we hit the paper towel isle, my friend took the biggest package of toilet paper I had ever seen off the […]

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It’s All In the Habits: How I Live Cheap and Create My Own Freedom

It’s All In the Habits: How I Live Cheap and Create My Own Freedom

| September 26, 2013 | 43 Comments

These days, I get to wake up without an alarm clock. I get to work on things I care about every day. I get to spend as much time with my family and friends as I want to. I’m eating better than I ever have, exercising more often than ever and spending all kinds of […]

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100 Benefits of Living Below Your Means

100 Benefits of Living Below Your Means

| August 12, 2013 | 34 Comments

As quite possibly the world’s biggest fan of living below your means and the benefits it can bring, I’ve decided to end the debate today on whether living below your means is a good idea or not. The truth is out and living below your means just happens to be one of the best things […]

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Are You Saving for a House, Car or Vacation or Are You Saving for More?

Are You Saving for a House, Car or Vacation or Are You Saving for More?

| July 30, 2013 | 22 Comments

When you think of saving money, what comes to mind? For me, it’s cars, houses, boats, clothes and vacations that first come to mind. Saving is usually thought of as a temporary piling up of cash in order to purchase some good or service that’s believed to make our life better. That’s what its all […]

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