Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 6/24


Last weekend my wife and I were in Duluth, MN for me to run a 5K and a half marathon as part of Grandma’s Marathon weekend.  With that now behind us, it’s time to focus on summer projects.  First up is a leftover from last year:  re-staining the deck.  I stripped it of the old stain last year, but didn’t get to finishing the project.  So, we’ll be doing some light sanding and then putting a fresh coat of oil based stain on it.  If we paid someone to do it, it would cost over $700.   No Thanks.  I know […] Read more »

6 Ways To Save Money When Traveling to Run A Marathon


Last weekend my wife and I traveled about 4 hours north to Duluth, Minnesota so I could run a half marathon as part of the Grandma’s Marathon weekend. If you’ve ever traveled to another city to participate in a large running event, you know that the prices of many necessities are jacked sky high because they have a captive audience. For example, hotel room prices double during marathon weekend in Duluth, and guests are required to stay (or at least pay for) two nights. Also, event parking prices go into effect for lots near marathon activities. The good news is […] Read more »

How to Send Money between the US and Columbia


Money and finances can be tricky subjects because there’s often so much involved. Some people try to learn how to maintain a budget, while others are looking for the next best thing to increase their income or being successful at forex trading. One thing that many people often struggle with regarding finances is sending money to other people. Cash is basically nonexistent anymore, so it’s nice to have a way to send money to people, especially those far away, without any hassle. Sure, you can opt for a traditional wire transfer, but that often comes with high fees. For those […] Read more »

How to Increase Your Credit Score Without Using Credit Cards

How to Increase Your Credit Score Without Using Credit Cards

If you’ve read any of my articles before, you know I’m not a big fan of having a credit score.  In fact, I believe the best credit score is no score at all.  So why would I write a post about how to increase your credit score? Well, in some cases it’s easier to increase your credit score quickly rather than waiting for it to go to zero while you’re in the transition of getting out of debt (which may take months to years). This might be necessary if you have an immediate need for buying a home or renting […] Read more »

Voting is Not Only Your Democratic Right It Can Save You Loads of Cash


Do you vote in presidential elections? Or if you are not in the US, do you vote in general elections? I do. I have voted in the UK since 1997 when I had the right to vote for the first time. I vote without fail: I vote in general election, in local election and in by-elections. I never miss. Because, voting is my democratic right. According to statistics, I may be one of a dying breed. Did you know that in the UK, 84% of the people eligible to vote voted in the 1950 elections? Well, it is true. And […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 6/17


Race weekend is finally here! After months of training and hard work, I’ll be running a 5k this evening, and a half marathon tomorrow as part of Grandma’s Marathon weekend in Duluth, MN.  Vonnie and I traveled to Duluth yesterday and one thing is clear; captive audience prices apply.  Hotel room prices double for this weekend, and you have to stay two nights.  Souvenirs, food, you name it and the price has gone up, bute’re doing our best to stay on budget and have fun! Get your fists up to wish me luck….and for my favorite posts of the week! […] Read more »

Don’t Be Fooled By The End Result


I’ve been called crazy, nuts, stupid, inspirational, amazing and countless other terms. I’m a long distance runner. I’ve run 5 marathons, several 10 mile races, a handful of 10Ks and even a few 5Ks. This weekend I’ll be running my second half marathon. Many people cannot comprehend how I can run such long distances. The trap these observers have fallen into is they only see the end result. I don’t just wake up and decide to run 26.2 miles. What isn’t seen is my alarm clock going off at 4:15am to go for my training runs 5 days a week. […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 6/10


Yesterday we said goodbye to another school year.   My wife and I are now the proud parents of a Senior and a Freshman.  Scary.  My wife, who works as a paraprofessional at an elementary school, is also now off for the summer.  The good news is, because the school district prorates her pay for 9 months of work over the full 12 month calendar year we still get her normal paycheck but she doesn’t have to go to the job.  You can imagine she’s just a little excited about that. On another personal note, today is my 20 year service […] Read more »

5 Surefire Ways to Become Debt Free Fast

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Author’s bio: You can find more by Maria Nedeva on debt, money management and making money on her blog, The Money Principle, where she teaches people in financial trouble how to build sustainable wealth.   Becoming debt free haunted my dreams, and my waking hours, for couple of decades. And for decades it was just that: a pipe dream to which I escaped every time I suspected that we have too much debt and every time I wished it to disappear. Than six years ago the reality of our financial depravity penetrated the dream: we calculated that we were in […] Read more »

Decluttering Is An Opportunity To Make Money


It hasn’t happened for awhile, but walking through my home I could tell it was time. It was time for a good stuff purging, which also happens to be a great opportunity to put a little extra cash in my pocket. I grabbed a notebook and pen and started writing down things I believed I could sell in our latest round of decluttering. I went through my home making a list of things I could sell. Lawn Mower The handle is held on by a makeshift bolt, it leaks oil, and earlier this spring the cable that controlled the self […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 6/3


The Pizel Family has had a number of adventures over the last few months.  Trips to Florida and Texas, my daughter was confirmed, our annual Memorial Weekend party as well as other smaller events.  With all of that behind us, there’s just one thing out in front of us yet which is a trip to Duluth, MN in two weeks where I’ll be running a half-marathon.  But this weekend…..absolutely nothing.  I feel like hibernating in my home, and putting my very well used wallet into a locked safe.  Sound good to anyone else? Now, get those fists up for my […] Read more »

What Body Piercing Can Teach a Teenager About Finances, Value, and Life


When I got home at 6:00am from my usual morning workout, I found my daughter not only already awake, but showered, dressed and ready to go for the day. All of this before she normally rolls out of bed. She seemed excited and anxious. I quickly found out why. “I get my piercing today,” she said to me with a glimmer in her eye. I then remembered she had an appointment later that day to get the cartilage of her upper ear pierced. She had been asking for awhile to have it done, and needed our permission and assistance since […] Read more »

5 Things to Know About Debt Consolidation

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When your bills start to pile up, you probably wonder how you will ever get out from under them. There are a lot of options for people who need help with existing debt; however, be careful that you choose the right plan for consolidating your debt. Balance Transfers Image via Flickr by GotCredit If you have a few credit cards with varying interest rates, consider opening up a new credit card with a low APR. Sometimes you can also find a special deal that offers a zero-percent APR for the first year. Make sure there are no penalties for transferring […] Read more »