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About: Financial Mechanic brings to mind tinkering with money and learning how to use money as a tool. I wanted to write about my own financial journey to help others hone their own. I hope that by sharing my story, there is one more example for people to use as inspiration on their own financial journey.
Year Started: 2018
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How Much I Spent Living in Amsterdam This SummerSeptember 4, 2021
The Sunday Sharies: Volume 30August 22, 2021
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