Unexpected Parking Costs While Traveling


The vehicles that many of us own can be a source of great convenience, and at the same time great frustration. They allow us to get to where we want to go, when we want to go there. But there are also many costs associated with owning one. First you have to buy the thing, then there’s fuel, insurance and maintenance. We all know all about those, they’re factored into everyone’s mental perspective as the cost of ownership. But over this last weekend, I encountered three separate occasions where I had to reach deep into my pocket for funds to […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 10/2


My favorite weekend of Fall is here!  It’s Twin Cities Marathon (TCM) weekend!  I’m not running the marathon this year….but I am running.  A. Lot.  I have a 10K and 5K tomorrow (Saturday) and a 10 mile on Sunday.  I’m hoping to fist pump across the finish line just as I did when completed the marathon last year (it’s the picture I use for my Friday posts)!!!! After this weekend, I’m looking forward to things slowing down for awhile. The big calendar on the fridge shows no plans for the remaining weekends of the month.    I’m hoping to do […] Read more »

5 Apps for Managing Your Debt Strategically


Guilt. Embarrassment. Denial. These are just some of the emotions inspired by one tiny word: debt. However, with careful management, debt doesn’t need to arouse such negative feelings. It might even help you reap rewards. Load these apps onto your iOS device to learn strategic debt management strategies. #1. Pay off Debt: Using the Debt Snowball Method Image via iTunes Pay Off Debt uses a proven technique called the debt snowball method to help you pay down multiple debts. It prioritizes your debt accounts, from the smallest amount owing to the largest, and encourages you to systematically pay them off. […] Read more »

How Overpriced Is The Olive Garden? The Post Where I Say “Hell No” To Takeout Pasta


It’s no secret that I dislike going out to eat. To be specific, I don’t like going out to eat just to order something that I could make as good at home, at significantly less cost. I don’t mean to dwell on this subject, but eating out is just such a colossal waste of money.  The absolute worst offender is anything pasta related, including a favorite restaurant of my wife and daughter; The Olive Garden. Look, it’s not The Olive Garden’s fault that they garner such hate from me, it’s just that taking a family of four there for dinner […] Read more »

How to Negotiate Medical Bills with a Collection Agency


Medical bills are expensive, especially for those who don’t have insurance. Usually, hospitals cannot turn sick or injured people away yet they will bill you for the services that they have provided. If you fail to pay them in a timely manner, they turn over your debt to a collection agency that harasses you daily in hope to collect the debt. Today, this article is discussing how you can negotiate medical bills with a collection agency. Check the Statute of Limitations First Many individuals do not know that their medical debt has a statute of limitations on it. Usually, when […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 9/25


Last weekend I ran a half marathon in my hometown of Rochester, MN, finishing in a personal best 1:51:07 – 23 seconds faster than my goal time!  Next weekend I head up to the Twin Cities area (about an hour north) to run three races (5K, 10K, and a half marathon) during Twin Cities Marathon weekend.  Sandwiched in the middle is this weekend…..which I plan on using to sand my deck and spend as little as possible to save up for next weekend.   I’m hoping to again avoid the temptation of buying some not-needed shoe insoles.  LOL. Fist pump […] Read more »

How PPI Reclaims Are Ensuring That Justice Is Done To The Victims Of PPI Mis-selling

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The PPI scandal is one of the biggest crises that has ever taken place in the United Kingdom. Major financial institutions cheated consumers out of their hard earned money in the name of capitalism. Fortunately, due in no small part to the ppi scandal, these banks are currently paying the consequences for their greed and there are many uk based ppi claims management companies on hand to help. Banks and other financial institutions are now paying billions of pounds out of pocket. Lawsuits are being filed constantly because people are now realizing that they have been cheated by these big […] Read more »

How to Find the House You Love

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“I wish we could move this house to…” You could fill in the name of a neighbourhood or a city of your choice. Still, this is one of the most hopeless sentences in the history of human interaction. My mum used it at least once a week. Every time she wanted to go to the theatre and there was no one to watch with her. Every time she wanted to see her granddaughter and remembered that she is 250 miles away. Every time she wanted to have a coffee and a chat with her sister and remembered that she’d have […] Read more »

The Grocery Shopping Trick Guaranteed To Stop You From Eating Out


I like to reserve dining out for special occasions, or for those instances where we absolutely cannot eat at home. Sometimes, holding myself to this standard is difficult. The thought of convenience is powerful. The best weapon against spending unnecessarily by eating out is having great food in stock at home. But having great food at home can cost money in it’s own right, which is why I’m always on the lookout for great sales at the grocery store. I’ve found a great trick that helps me get great food on sale and keep us from going out to eat […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 9/18


Happy Friday, EOD Nation! I’ve been looking forward to this weekend for quite awhile as I am running a half-marathon on Sunday.  I’ve never raced this distance before, so it should be fun.  Then, two weeks from now I run several races in an event called “The Looney Challenge” during Twin Cities Marathon Weekend.  I run a 10K on Saturday (October 3rd) at 7:30, then run a 5K right away again at 9:00am.  After that, I run a 10 mile on Sunday, October 4th. The good news is that the race entry fees are already paid for, and this weekend’s […] Read more »

Why Batman Will Get Better Life Insurance Than Jabba the Hutt?

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  Editor’s note: This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links. Okay. Strictly speaking neither Batman, nor Jabba the Hutt need to have life insurance. It is not what you think: they don’t need life insurance not because they are fictional charters: this only making me feel a bit weird discussing this. Batman doesn’t need life insurance because he is wealthy enough so that if something goes wrong all his affairs can be put in order. Jabba the Hutt may not be as obviously wealthy as Batman. In Jabba’s case, the important matter is that he has no apparent […] Read more »

The Inner Workings of Married People Dates: Coupons, Frugality, and Stealing My Wife’s Roast Beef


It’s been a busy couple of weeks, and my wife and I haven’t had a lot of time to spend with just each other. We were able to have our first Friday lunch date of the school year last week, but we decided to take advantage of the fact that we had nothing going on this past weekend and have a date night on Friday as well. Our destination was a recently remodeled bowling alley nearby that advertised having bowling lanes, a game room, and laser tag. As I slid into my mini-van seat, I realized I had forgotten something. […] Read more »

I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 9/11


First Friday of the school year!  Vonnie works mornings as a paraprofessional at an elementary school, and afternoons at the local public defender’s office.  But, she doesn’t work the afternoon job on Fridays, so we have a standing lunch date.  That means today is lunch with my wife day! YEAH! But before I head out to pick up my lunch date, I’ll be stopping by the ATM and withdrawing our weekend entertainment funds.  All Cash, All Weekend! Fist pump for cash, and for my favorite posts of the week! Posts That Make Me Fist Pump How to Choose Your Splurges […] Read more »