I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 1/9


As it’s the first part of January, the blogosphere is filled with posts about New Year’s resolutions, how to set them, and how to achieve them.  It’s interesting to read so many different perspectives.  It’s a subject that saturates blogs at the beginning of every year, but to tell you the truth, I can’t get enough of them.  I even wrote my own of sorts, and just want to remind all of you of my own viewpoint on the matter.  If you want to achieve any goal in life, keep these things in mind: Take constant action each and every […] Read more »

How To Get The Most Out of A Hotel Stay


Saving money on a hotel room is sometimes a question away. Just asking if  a better rate is available can in some cases save a significant amount of money. My brother in law wins the prize for the biggest discount, however, because with one question he saved over $200. We had been planning a New Year’s Eve stay at a hotel with some family near the Mall Of America in the Minneapolis / St. Paul metropolitan area. The location would put us in walking distance of several restaurant options for dinner, along with the potential to go to a movie and a […] Read more »

I Love You Like a Blogger Roundup – 1/2


Happy New Year, EOD Nation!  Today is back to reality day.   The holidays that consume the second half of December are over, and while I and the kids are still on vacation today, the wheels of routine begin to turn.  We will begin to tackle the mountain of laundry that has accumulated, a grocery shopping trip is in the works, and a full blow budget marathon is on tap.  The checkbook needs reconciling, bills need to be paid, and a course needs to be set for 2015.  I feel the winds of normalcy beginning to blow, and that it itself […] Read more »

Defining Phenomenal


Waking up in the morning and realizing you’ve reached the day on the calendar when you get to add one to your age tends to make a person think about what they have and have not yet accomplished in their life. Yesterday was that day for me. Combine that with the end of the year when many people think about what they want to change, or do better in the new year and the result is some serious thinking going on within my brain as I drift off into unconsciousness for the night. If I was being honest, I’ve been pondering […] Read more »

Should I buy or continue to rent a house?


As a rule it’s ideal to buy rather than rent, and to buy when you can first stand to do so. There are, of course, exceptions to this rule in terms of people who cannot afford to buy in their chosen area, so they’ll continue to rent even after they’ve purchased. If you’re looking to buy a home or an investment property, the first thing you have to do is to make sense of whether purchasing something is even in the realm of possibility for your circumstance right now. The best way to work something like this out is to […] Read more »

I Love You Like a Blogger Roundup – 12/26


The presents are opened, the wrapping paper crumpled up and thrown away, and new items assembled – yes, my friends Christmas is now over.  We have even completed our traveling for the season.  All that I have in front of me is a week of complete and unadulterated vacation with absolutely nothing to do.  Whatever will I do with myself?  I have a few things on tap: Relax Get in some great workouts Relax Clean the house Relax Spend time with my family Relax I’m hoping you see a pattern here.  The point is to get a few things done, […] Read more »

10 Rules to Keep in Mind When You Borrow Money

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In an ideal world you’ll never have to borrow money. In an ideal world, you’ll buy your house and cars for cash. In an ideal world, you’ll have cash to cover emergencies. In an ideal world, you’ll never overspend and get in trouble. In an ideal world, I’ll look like Julia Roberts and be a Hollywood star. Thing is, we don’t live in an ideal world. Just look at me. I look like…well, like me and I’m a university professor, not a movie star. When I was young, I often ran out of money. Heck, when I was in my […] Read more »

How to Get Out of Debt


Being in debt can be a scary situation, especially if you can’t afford to keep up the repayments. It only takes a small change in your circumstances for the situation to become out of control. The best solution is to try to tackle the problem before it gets to this point and get yourself out of debt. If you’re looking to resolve your financial issues, then there are a number of routes you can take. It’s a good idea to start with the simple solutions and see if these can make a difference first. Set a Budget It might sound […] Read more »

Treat Yourself In the Morning With New McCafe Coffee Blends at Walmart!


I once entered my bedroom to find my wife huddled under the covers talking on the phone to her mom. Some days, it’s that hard for her to get out of bed. Other days, she’ll stumble down the stairs, sit on the couch in a zombie like trance until she’s had about thirty minutes to come to the realization that the day has started. Being the phenomenal husband that I am, I’ve come to grips with her morning warm-up routine, and try to help ease her transition to consciousness by delivering her first cup of coffee for the day. My […] Read more »

Motivational Monday: Three Steps To Achieve Your Financial Goals


A few months ago, I caught a link to a motivational video filled with inspirational quotes. I still watch the video almost every morning as I prepare to take on the world for the day. It centers my thoughts on what I am going to do that particular day to help me make positive progress towards the goals I am trying to accomplish. After several weeks of listening to this video, I wanted to find out who the voices in the video were. With the help of Google, I was able to determine one of the people featured was a […] Read more »

Rollback Prices On Disney Planes Items at Walmart! #PlanesToTheRescue

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Looking for last minute holiday gift ideas? Delight the little ones in your life with Disney Planes items now on Rollback at Walmart! All items listed below are on rollback through the holiday season! #PlanesToTheRescue #ad Disney Planes Flight to the Finish Speedway ($24.97) Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue Die-Cast Vehicles, 3-Pack ($14.97) Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue Deluxe Talking Vehicle Assortment ($19.97) Read more »

I Love You Like a Blogger Roundup – 12/19


Here it is, the weekend before Christmas.  Or as I like to call it, The Calm Before The Storm.  Next week is a short school and work week, and then the entire Pizel family is off for the remainder of the year.  There will be presents to open, traveling to do, and family to see.  I will enjoy the time off, and spending time with family, but I’ll give myself until Sunday before I’ve gone completely bat shit crazy because of the lack of my normal routine.  Yes, I’m majorly Type A, and the struggle is going to be very […] Read more »

Bad Debt Collectors and What You Can Do About Them

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Dealing with bad debt is no fun. Dealing with a bad debt collector can be downright terrifying. When you have a bad debt that has gone to a collection agency it can be very easy to want to avoid the pain of the situation or even totally ignore it when you know you can’t possibly pay it.  That’s why some collectors of overdue debt will do everything they can to get your attention, even if it’s illegal. Most debt collection agencies are legit and strictly follow the rules set forth by the FTC  (Federal Trade Commission). However, there are plenty […] Read more »