Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 1/17/2020

We’re bracing for a winter storm to hit Minnesota today.  School was cancelled last night, and everyone (including myself) went to the grocery store to stock up on supplies. Which is kind of silly because the storm will last a grand total of 24-36 hours.  I’m pretty sure we had enough food to survive one day without leaving the house.  But, NFL playoffs are on tomorrow, and then Sunday it may still be windy and raw.  So, I don’t have to go outside at all this weekend if I don’t want to. Fist pump for being snowed in, and my […] Read more »

5 Reasons I’ll Never Use Grocery Pickup Services

People are loving grocery pickup services. Many major grocery retailers offer it, each giving it their own name, but the concept is the same. Customers pick the grocery products they want online and with a click of a button someone at the store rolls out a cart and collects the items for you. You can pick it up usually for free, or for a small price have it delivered to your house. People adore it. I have friends that say they will never go back to doing the grocery shopping themselves. I just shake my head. I’ll never, ever have […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 1/10/2020

Happy Friday, EOD Nation! We’ve concluded all our holiday gatherings and have abolutely nowhere we need to go. Which is good, because it’s a wintery weekend in the Midwest, with the potential of some icy, snowy weather.  Feels like a great weekend to stay indoors, make some chili and watch the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL playoffs.  Relaxing, low key and inexpensive.  Sounds great to me! Fist pump for doing nothing, relaxing and my favorite posts of the week! Posts That Make Me Fist Pump 4 Ways to Find Extra Money to Put on Debt from Beating Broke 12 Ideas […] Read more »

The Holidays Are Finally Over

I’m happy, ecstatic, over the moon excited the holidays are finally over.  I’m also exhausted. The time between Christmas and the second week in January is traditionally a financial challenge. My wife works for the school district, so she’s off of work. I typically have vacation I have to use so I’m also off work. We’re both on vacation for about two weeks, which creates an environment ripe for overspending. Reasons For Holiday Season Overspending Some of the things that make this time of year a financial challenge are: Holiday Gifts: The whole holiday season is a series of family […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 1/3/2020

Happy New Year, EOD Nation! I’ve been on vacation for two weeks now, and while it’s been nice, I’m looking forward to getting back to a normal day to day routine next week.  It will help my mindset, my productivity, and my finances. It’s easy to spend more money when on vacation and thus harder to stick to your usual budget. Get your fists up for getting back to normal routines, and my favorite posts of the week! Posts That Make Me Fist Pump 52 Week Savings Challenge List – The Best Ideas from Four Hats And Frugal How To […] Read more »

Five Items To Buy Cheap After Christmas

The presents have been opened, Christmas is over, and if you’re like me and many other people you’ve actually taken down all evidence of the holidays and packed them away until next year. But that doesn’t mean you should forget about the holiday season. In fact, it’s the perfect time to get yourself ready for the 2020 holiday season because some of the best sales are going on right now. Artificial Christmas Trees When we put up our pre-lit Christmas Tree this year, we found that only about one third of the lights actually worked. We used some string lights […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 12/27/2019

Merry Post Christmas Friday, EOD Nation! I like Christmas as much as the next guy, but even if I stay within my holiday spending budget, I feel like I’m hemorrhaging money.  I’m ecstatic returning to my normally scheduled spending plan. Did I mention tomorrow’s my birthday? Fist pump for being past money hemorrhaging holidays, my birthday, and my favorite posts of the week! Posts That Make Me Fist Pump The Art of Paying Bills from DINKS Finance Why You Need a Budget If You’re Broke from Beating Broke 8 Money Challenges For The New Year! from Budgets Are Sexy When […] Read more »

My Financial Goals for 2020

Another year is coming to an end, and as many people do I’m setting some goals for the new year. This list of goals is purely financial, aimed at my financial position being better at the end of 2020 than it is now. I’ll review the progress of my goals every three months so you can help hold me accountable. Here’s my list of financial goals for 2020: Increase Emergency Fund In addition to the standard reasons for having an emergency fund, our appliances and vehicles are aging. I won’t replace them if I don’t have to, but if I’m […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 12/20/2019

I’m hosting Christmas with my family this weekend.  I’m looking forward to seeing my parents, as well as my brother and his family. We plan to watch some football, eat some food, and play games together. How about you, EOD Nation, are you seeing family this weekend for the holidays?  If so, make sure you get in your weekend money motivation first! Fist pump for family, the holidays, and my favorite posts of the week! Posts That Make Me Fist Pump Three Ways to Unload Unwanted Gift Cards from Beating Broke Do you ever USE your Emergency Fund? What for? […] Read more »

What Are The Costs Of Euthanizing A Family Pet

We unexpectedly had to put one of our cats to sleep last week. She was over 16 years old and had lived a good life, but due to some health issues it was time to say goodbye. Even in times of grief, there are financial decisions to keep in mind. There are several costs associated with euthanizing a cat, and the total cost of doing so depends on how you want to deal with the remains of your furry family member. Below are the costs associated with euthanizing our cat and are meant only as an example as costs will […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 12/13/19

It’s been a hard week in my home, as we had to say goodbye to one of our cats. We were blessed with her for over 16 years, our kids literally don’t remember life with out her. She was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism a few months ago, and while we had that under control with medication the vet thinks she threw a clot mid-week that went to her back end rendering her back legs only partially operative.  My wife, I and our daughter surrounded her with love as the vet sent her across the rainbow bridge. We have so many great […] Read more »

Jackbox Party Packs: Hours of Inexpensive Entertainment For Your Next Party

Author’s Note: It’s worth it to me to make sure readers understand this is not a sponsored post. This is my own true experience, and I’m sharing this product purely because the games are truly a ton of fun and provide hours of quality, inexpensive party entertainment. “Do you really want to play this game?” I asked my wife, knowing that I was about to give her one of her Christmas gifts a full month early. We had a house full of guests for Thanksgiving, and my wife wanted to play a game called Fibbage which is included in a […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 12/6/19

I’m going to have an incredible steak and king crab leg dinner this weekend at a fantastic restaurant.  Just kidding.  Well, I am going to have that meal, but I’m making it at home. My wife and I are getting together with some friends for a great meal at home, and then a comedy show at a club. I offered to try to save more money by doing a comedy act too, but we’re going to leave that to the professionals. Fist pump for saving money by making great meals at home, AND for my favorite posts of the week! […] Read more »

5 Ways To Spot A Scam Email

  I opened my inbox to find an email receipt from PayPal for tickets from a travel website totaling $220. I made no such purchase. It looked very much like an official email from the online payment service provider. With a sick feeling in my stomach, I wondered if I had been hacked. But looking closer at the email, I knew it was simply a scam. Several things about the email convinced me it was not authentic: Suspicious Sender Address While the name of the sender was recognizable, the actual email address didn’t even contain the name of the supposed […] Read more »