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 »

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 »

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 »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 5/27


Memorial Day weekend is here!  It’s the unofficial start to summer……although the kids have 2 weeks of school left.  The holiday weekend is a good reminder that we need to adjust our grocery shopping list, and our budget, to account for the kids being home during the day.  For me personally it means I can sleep a little later as I don’t have to make sure kids are up, fed, and off to school.  Yup, that’s right….in a few weeks I’ll get to sleep in to 5:30am!!! Fist pump for sleeping in! Posts That Make Me Fist Pump 2/3rds of […] Read more »

5 Reasons People May Overspend With Credit Cards


Staying out of debt is as easy as spending less than you earn. Sounds simple, right? If it’s so simple, why do so many people find themselves over their heads in debt? Sometimes life just happens. An unexpected catastrophe, or medical emergency and you’ve got enough debt racked up for a lifetime. In other cases people just consistently overspend, and find themselves waking up one day saying, “How did I get here?” Having paid off over $109,000 in credit card debt, I know a little something about the latter situation. So how do people get into such a situation? Why […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 5/20


Next week is Memorial Day weekend, which also happens to be when Vonnie and I host an annual party.  It’s kind of a big deal, and takes quite a bit of planning…….and money.  We have a budget, but as we start to get closer to the date we tend to go into “screw tracking our spending, let’s just get through this.”  I’m hopeful not to do that this year. I’ve got all kinds of lists made with estimated prices.  Hopefully we can execute on those lists, and stay on budget! Now, get those fists in the air, it’s time for […] Read more »

Is Professional Carpet Cleaning Worth the Cost?


As we reach the 12 year mark since we built our home, we find things are starting to show signs of wear, and a possible need for replacement. On the top of that list is the carpeting. With two cats and two children that have grown up within the walls of the house, there are spots in every room and the stairs were a disaster. We clean the main rooms of our home once a year on average using a carpet cleaner we purchased at Walmart. It does a decent job, but it won’t get out really tough stains, and […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 5/13


My daughter is getting confirmed this weekend, so we’re having the carpets in our main living areas cleaned today.   I’m spending the morning moving furniture around so we can get the most carpet cleaned possible in each of the selected rooms.  We had looked into replacing all the carpet in our home, but that was more money than we were willing to spend right now.  Hopefully spending a little money on having the carpet cleaned will allow us to put off the major expense of replacement for a little while.   Fist pump for clean carpets and my favorite posts […] Read more »