The Case Of The Smelly Hotel Room, and 4 Steps to Resolve Any Issue


My wife is well known for ensuring that she gets what she pays for. When something doesn’t meet her standards, or someone doesn’t deliver as promised, she makes sure that compensation is received. I’ve heard her utter the phrase, “How are you going to make this right?” infinite times. We’ve received discounts off our bill at restaurants and hotels, or sometimes even a gift card for a future visit. Most of the time it’s for a minor inconvenience such as: Paying extra for a hotel room with a view, but the view is unspectacular Food cooked incorrectly Bad service Not […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 8/19


I’m heading up the the Twin Cities this weekend for a Metallica concert at the brand new 1.1 Billion dollar US Bank Stadium.  Not only do I get to see some of my favorite bands play, but I get to see them in the new home of the Minnesota Vikings.  Being the money freak that I am, I’m interested to see what the prices for refreshments will be.  I’m assuming they’re going to be high, but then again I’ve read stories about other venues trying to be more wallet friendly and slashing prices at the concession stands. Fist pump for […] Read more »

DIY Money Saver: You Can Change ANY Light On Your Car Yourself!


I was sitting in the waiting room of the quick lube oil change place when one of the employees sat down beside me to give the customary rundown of my vehicle’s status and additional suggested services. At the end of the summary, he mentioned that both license plate lamps were out. “Those lamps run $9.99 a piece. Would you like us to take care of those for you today?” If you were in my position, what would your answer be? Your answer should be an immediate, and resounding, “No, thank you.” Which is exactly what I said.As the man walked […] Read more »

Chef Boyardee Price Rollback You Won’t Believe At Walmart!


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SaveOnChef #CollectiveBias With the back to school season approaching, my family is looking for easy weeknight meal solutions. By spending less time in the kitchen, we can enjoy other after-school activities together. Now through August 29, 2016, each 14.5 to 15 ounce can of Chef Boyardee is on Rollback at Walmart for only $0.80! Purchase five cans for $4 in a variety of flavors that include: Mini Ravioli, Beefaroni, and Spaghetti and Meatballs. You can enjoy a week’s worth of quality meals at […] Read more »

Delicious and Inexpensive Meals in 60 seconds with Minute® Rice!


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ReadySetServe #CollectiveBias My seventeen year old son approached me and asked if I could help him add some mass to his slender frame.  Putting on some muscle would require him to do two things: Consistently go to the gym with me for strength training sessions Fuel his body with great food packed with the needed nutrients Between his job, socializing with friends and the school year ramping up in a few weeks, he’s constantly on the go. As a guy with three jobs, […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 8/12


The first NFL preseason game of the 2016-2017 season, The Hall Of Fame Game, was supposed to be last weekend.  Unfortunately it was cancelled due to unplayable field conditions.  I was very disappointed.  That disappointment will come to an  end tonight as my Minnesota Vikings take the field for their first scheduled preseason game of the season!  Thus begins a full six months of football gatherings with friends! Fist pump for football, and my favorite posts of the week! Posts That Make Me Fist Pump Deprivation Is Not Part Of The Journey from The Frugal Cottage Three Simple Steps to […] Read more »

What You Need To Know About The Computer Chip In Your Debit/Credit Card


I was expecting a new debit card in the mail, as my current was one expiring soon. When I received it in the mail, I instantly noticed something different about it; a small computer chip was embedded on one side of the card. I knew what it was, but I was surprised that my small regional bank was using the technology. Before activating and using the card, I wanted to review what this chip was all about. What is EMV? EMV, or Europay, MasterCard, and Visa, integrates a tiny computer chip into your card to store information about your account […] Read more »

I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 8/5


After visiting a handful of college campuses, my son selected his first choice.  My wife and I helped him fill out, and submit his college application.  I told him my wish was for him to graduate from college and start his adult life debt free.  Even if  that means taking out student loans but my wife and I paying them back for him,  starting his life with a clean slate is something that I really want for him.  Something tells me there’s going to be a lot of articles here on EOD about student loans and saving money while in […] Read more »

One Trick That Can Save You Hundreds On A Hotel Room


Later this month, my wife and I have tickets to see Metallica at the brand new, 1.1 Billion dollar U.S. Bank Stadium. The stadium is the new home of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, and the concert will be one of the very first events there. We’re excited for the concert, as well as to get a look at the new stadium. We didn’t want to have to deal with traffic and parking downtown, especially given the event taking place. The concert would also run late enough into the evening that we didn’t want to drive home afterwards. So, we were […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 7/29


Yesterday my wife and I took our son on his first college visit to a nearby campus that he is interested in.  He got his first look at what a college campus looks like, including a dorm room.  After the tour, there was a presentation which included a ton of information about the college, including the average cost per year.  I knew college was expensive, and the number wasn’t unexpected, but with my son entering his senior year of high school the reality of it all hit me pretty hard.  Helping our kids through college is going to be a […] Read more »

3 Rules You MUST Follow When Shopping

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I love lists. I mean, I really really love lists. Especially when shopping. To me, going shopping is like a military mission. I have my orders…I mean my list, I get in, fulfill my orders, and get out as quickly as possible. Having a list has several advantages: It keeps me on track. I know what I’m supposed to buy and give me a clear path to success. A list is representative that there has been a discussion regarding what we can afford and that we have properly weighed value against cost. A list, and a plan, is sometimes not […] Read more »