DIY Repair: 4 Things To Check Before Replacing Your Garbage Disposal

I thought my Sunday afternoon would be spent replacing my garbage disposal. It had stopped working the day before after washing some food scraps down the drain and turning it on. It made a funny noise, and after turning it off and back on, it ceased to make any noise at all. I figured the motor had burnt out, and that my wallet was about to be burnt to the tune of $80. Garbage Disposal Troubleshooting I mentioned my situation to my neighbor, who gave me a few suggestions to try before heading to the hardware store to buy a […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 11/15/19

This weekend’s project is to put up additional shelving in our mechanical room. I have two rebate certificates from Menards totaling about $100 I earned from purchases made during the summer.  Menards commonly has 11% rebate promotions, and one just happened to coincide with some larger purchases I was making anyway.  I’ll get something knocked off the “honey-do” list, and it won’t cost me a single dollar.  Can’t beat that! Fist pump for FREE shelves, AND my favorite posts of the week! Posts That Make Me Fist Pump Money-Saving Tips For College Students from FruClassity Best Christmas Gifts For Under […] Read more »

Teens And Money: Bills My High School Daughter Pays

  Teaching children financial skills is crucial to their success with money as an adult. However, it’s also a parent’s responsibility to provide necessities of life and opportunities to participate in activities that will create well rounded individuals ready to take on the real world. Parents have to find a balance between providing their children with a comfortable life and teaching financial responsibility. Below I share the major categories of what my wife and I expect our daughter, who is a high school senior, to pay for using income from her of her part-time job, and what we supply for […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 11/8

I’ve got another exciting weekend planned, EOD Nation, and it’s 100% FREE! I’ll be spending another weekend reading. Last week it was a book about bourbon, this week it’s a manual from a camera I got for FREE from a program through work in which I received points for going “above and beyond.”  Can’t beat free, and I might even get some good pictures too! Fist pump for free entertainment and my favorite posts of the week! Posts That Make Me Fist Pump 20 Best Side Hustles To Make An Extra $500 per Month from Bible Money Matters Financial Literacy […] Read more »

Stick To Your Holiday Spending Budget By Using A Prepaid Credit Card

Halloween is over, and we’ve entered the month of November which means the holiday shopping season has officially started. We’ll see countless reminders to avoid overspending and/or going into debt buying gifts. This is great advice, but easier said than done. Prepaid Credit Card Advantages A prepaid credit card loaded with the amount of your holiday budget can help you follow this advice. Here is a list of some of the ways using a prepaid credit card can help keep your holiday spending in check as well as a few advantages it has over other payment methods: No Forgotten Purchases: […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 11/1/19

I just got an email saying my employer’s vitality incentive program is being discontinued at the end of the year.  I exercise a lot, which earns me points in the program, which then can be traded for merchandise.  Something new will take its place, but I need to make sure I cash in all my points for prizes before I lose them. I traded what I had for Amazon gift cards, and used that to buy a book about bourbon – something I’ve taken an interest in over the last year or so. I know what I’m doing this weekend! […] Read more »

Saving Money On A Friday Night As A DIY Plumber

Coming out of the bathroom after her morning shower, my daughter told me the bathtub was draining extremely slowly and asked if I could take a look at it. I was certain a monstrous glob of her very long hair was causing the stoppage. I could either pay a plumber to unclog the drain, or I could put on my DIY hat later that evening and save some money.  Little did I know I was in for an adventurous Friday night. YouTube To The Rescue My wife suggested I pour a bottle of Liquid Plumber or Draino down the drain. […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 10/25

Last night my wife and I went out with some friends to watch the Minnesota Vikings play on Thursday Night Football.  The four of us went to a local micro-brewery, ate from a food truck that was there, had a few adult beverages, and played football bingo.  Each of us got a bingo card on which the squares contained a football event description (TD, Fumble, Field Goal, etc). If that event occurred, you could mark the spot.  If you got a bingo, you won a free beer.  My wife and I each purchased one beer, and bought food from the […] Read more »

Update: Amazon’s Return Process Used To Be Easy, Now It’s Almost Effortless

Returning items ordered online can be an intimidating process, and somewhat worrisome until you see the refund posted to your account. Close to two years ago I wrote an article outlining how easy it was to return things to Amazon, however I just had an experience that had me shaking my head. It’s actually gotten EASIER to return things to Amazon and you can have your refund almost immediately. I had ordered some costume items for my daughter for her use in her cheer team’s themed homecoming float. Some of the items did not arrive in time for her to […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 10/18/19

Happy Friday, and happy weekend EOD Nation!  My wife and I are having a date night tonight, as our favorite acoustic guitar performers is playing at our favorite restaurant.  Of course we’ll be stopping at Costco first to pickup a discounted gift card to save money on our meal. Fist pump for date nights, saving money, and my favorite posts of the week! Posts That Make Me Fist Pump 103 ALDI Special Buys You Need Now from Four Hats And Frugal Save on Groceries by Limiting Junk Food from Beating Broke There Are Two Parts To Your Budget Equation from […] Read more »

Pizza Delivery Showdown: Pizza Hut, Domino’s, And Godfather’s

While hanging out with some family in town for a visit, we decided to order pizza. The outcome of the, “Where should we order it from,” discussion was, “whatever is least expensive.” I threw my predispositions aside and compared three major pizza delivery chains using three simple ordering scenarios. The Rules Countless combinations of pizza options exist, and pizza delivery chains are almost continuously running specials. This makes a complete analysis impossible. For the purpose of this exercise, I’ll keep the scenarios very simple. First, here are the base parameters of my comparison: Ignore any specials or promotions Compare three […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 10/11/2019

We’re getting to the tail end of the high school football season.  What that means in Minnesota is, if your daughter is on the cheer team and you go to watch her cheer at the football game it’s gonna be cold. Air temp was hovering around freezing and snow flurries were being whipped around by a biting wind. On our way to the game, my wife and I stopped at a convenience store and purchased hand warmer pads – the kind that get hot when you shake them, and then are placed inside your gloves to keep your hands warm.  […] Read more »

What’s The Difference? Checking vs. Savings Account

My daughter sat on the couch beside me, crossed her legs and said, “Father, explain the difference between a checking account and a savings account.” It was a fantastic question, and I was thrilled to answer it. She currently only had a checking account, and I was hoping she was asking as a precursor to wanting to open a savings account to save up for something in the future I have her a basic definition of the two types of accounts, and how they differed: General Description Checking accounts are for daily use for the transactions of every day life, […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 10/4/2019

We’re proving the power of the potluck tonight. My wife and I are having a group of friends over for a fish fry and to watch the Minnesota Twins start the post season.  We know some people that have fish from a deep sea fishing trip they want to get rid of, so we started a text thread and rounded up a group of 18 people to bring their favorite side dish or dessert and hang out for a night of food, fun, and baseball. How about you, EOD Nation, how do you have fun without spending a lot of […] Read more »