Dick Fosbury changed the sport of high jumping forever the first time he jumped backward over the bar. Until then, every competitor had launched themselves into the air going forward, belly over the bar. I’m not sure the last time you watched a high jumping event, but now every high jumper uses Dick’s technique. He essentially exploited a flaw in the high jumping world that no-one else was paying attention to. In a way that’s basically what arbitrage is when it comes to our personal finances- it’s about thinking creatively about the different financial hurdles in our lives. It’s about challenging the assumptions we’re faced with. We’ll cover some very clear forms of arbitrage that you might already be implementing, some problems with arbitrage, and then how you can begin developing more of an arbitrage mindset today.

Additional links:

  • We touched on geographic arbitrage when we talked with Nomadic Matt, but if you’re wondering how much more affordable it could be to live in another country, TheEarthAwaits.com is a fantastic resource.
  • Check out our full post on tips for mindful spending in all areas of life.
  • Wirecutter has a good guide on foraging for mushrooms– let us know if you’re like my neighbor and you eat shrooms you find in the woods!
  • Credit Card Tool – Looking for the right credit card for you? Then check out our new credit card tool that’ll help you to easily filter through all the cards based on your preferred airline, whether or not they have an annual fee, or simply by the cash back offer! Just toggle the sliders and you’ll know which card to consider.

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