Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 1/26

With one door closing, another opens.  The bad news is that my Vikings lost in the NFC championship game last weekend.  The good news is that football season is coming to a conclusion which means my Sundays are now free to get some indoor projects done before Spring arrives.  On the list is repainting two bathrooms, and installing a closet organizer in our master bedroom closet.   None of these will be that expensive, because I’ll be doing them myself. Looking forward to being productive! Fist pump for DIY projects, and my favorite  posts of the week! Posts That Make Me […] Read more »

6 College Apartment Expenses Other Than Rent

Teaching your child about finances doesn’t stop once they go to college. In fact, the stakes get higher and the lessons much more similar to real life. My son and his friends are moving into an apartment for his second year of college in the fall after living in the dorms his first year. His main focus is how to pay his monthly rent, but there are many other expenses he needs to be thinking about and planning for. Security Deposit Moving into an apartment requires a security deposit up front. This amount will be split among the roommates, but […] Read more »

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

This weekend the NFL’s AFC and NFC championship games are on.  I was planning to make some ribs on the smoker using a new rub I found.  Imagine my surprise when a knock at my door the other night was my neighbors bringing me…….ribs!  Over the last few months I had shared some of my BBQ with them, the latest being some pulled pork just last weekend.  To show their appreciation they gave me a package of St. Louis cut pork ribs.    Now I have a new rub, AND the ribs to put it on.  This is going to be […] Read more »

What NFL Wide Receiver Adam Thielen Can Teach Us About Finances

I’m a huge Minnesota Vikings fan. This year’s team is doing really well for a lot of reasons, but one player that has a special place in my heart is that of Adam Thielen. Thielen actually played Division 2 college football at little known Minnesota State University, Mankato. That just happens to be my alma mater. He wasn’t recruited out of high school, went undrafted at the NFL draft, and had to pay to display his skills at a regional combine. He was invited to Vikings training camp, and was added as a practice squad member that year. From there […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 1/12

The last two weeks have been brutally cold in Minnesota.  Look, I know I live in Minnesota and this shouldn’t be unexpected, but an extended period of time where daily high temperatures struggle to break zero wears on a person.  Not to mention, I’m not looking forward to seeing my utility bill next month.  It might just put the deep freeze on my budget.  See what I did there? Fist pump for warmer  temperatures and my favorite posts of the week! Posts That Make Me Fist Pump Wasting Somebody Else’s Money from Money Beagle 3 Keys to Knocking Out Your […] Read more »

My Favorite Inexpensive Relaxation Technique

One of my personal guilty pleasures is finding ways to relax. I go all out, 100%, a million miles an hour most of the time, so when I need some downtime I need it bad. Many of my favorite ways to indulge in some relaxation can be fairly expensive. A weekend away and massages are two activities that really help recharge my batteries, but also come with a fairly hefty price tag. However just recently my daughter introduced me to a relaxation activity that I absolutely love, and it costs just a few dollars. Stressed out ladies and gentlemen, I […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 1/5

Welcome to the first blogger roundup of the new year!  I don’t know what 2018 will bring me, but I’m excited to find out.    I’m anxious to continue working on myself professionally, personally and financially.  One thing I do know is that we’re going to keep fist pumping every single Friday! Fist pump for 2018, and my favorite posts of the week! Posts That Make Me Fist Pump 7 Ways to Curb Impulse Spending from Young Adult Money 4 Common Money Myths That Are Making You Broke from Frugal Rules 5 Powerful Financial Goals That Will Strengthen Your Marriage from […] Read more »

What Type Of Dish Washing Detergent Is Least Expensive

The next thing on my weekly grocery shopping list was dish washing detergent, which found me staring at a wall of products. In that moment I was astonished at how many choices I had to chose from simply to clean my dishes. There are three forms of detergent, single use tabs, liquid/gel and powder and all three come on a variety of brand names. My reflex was to grab the package of single use dish washing tabs I always get, when the question popped into my mind wondering which choice was actually the least expensive. I wasn’t as interested in […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 12/29

I’m ready for the new year.  I’m so ready.   I’ve been out of my regular schedule for about a week now, and I’m ready to get back to my daily routine.  The holidays are nice, and I love spending time with family, but I’m at the point now where vacation is actually MORE stressful than normal life. It’s also very difficult to stick to a budget when life is all different.  Who’s with me? Fist pump for everything going back to normal, and my favorite posts of the week! Post That Make Me Fist Pump Don’t Let Money Ruin Your […] Read more »

5 Todo To Prepare Your Budget For The New Year

We’re all about the flip the calendar to a new year. The new year is a time when people mentally wipe the slate clean and begin working on new goals. This perspective makes it the perfect time to reevaluate your budget and make sure it’s ready to go for the new year. Here are 5 things you should think about when reevaluating your budget for the new year: Health Insurance Any changes in cost to your health care plans (medical, dental, and vision) will take effect January 1st. Changes to the cost of your health care may cause an increase […] Read more »

Friday Fist Pump: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 12/22

Happy Friday, EOD Nation! Guess who has two thumbs and is done with work for the year?  >>>This Guy!!!<<<  That’s right, yesterday I said goodbye to my cubicle, and said hello to vacation.  For the next 10 days or so, I’ll be spending time with family, enjoying the holidays and relaxing. Fist pump for no more work for 2017, AND my favorite posts of the week! Posts That Make Me Fist Pump Be Like Me And Get Quotes To Save On Insurance from Money Beagle 8 Tips to Be Frugal Without Feeling Deprived from Life And My Finances Is Your […] Read more »

4 Things To Check When Returning Items

I do it whenever I return something to a store, and this situation was no different. The cashier requested I sign a slip of paper to authorize the return of funds to my debit card, which I did without even giving half a glance to the return receipt. She handed me my copy, and I was out the door. I had no idea how that lack of attention to detail would affect me just a short while later. I was returning some large candles my wife had purchased through the retailer’s website. The cashier scanned my receipt, scanned each candle […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 12/15

My daughter injured her wrist last Friday spotting a cheer team stunt at a high school basketball game.  She complained it hurt a little, but we figured she just sprained it.   Unfortunately,  it didn’t feel any better after a few days, so we took her to the doctor.  Xrays showed a slight fracture, so now she has a splint on it for a week or so to help it heal.  She is NOT a happy camper.  I suspect I won’t be a happy camper when I see the bill for it.  The good news is, my health savings account is […] Read more »

Pharmacy Mistakes Can Cost You!

Medical care is expensive enough, I don’t need mistakes increasing the cost even more. However, that exact scenario almost happened picking up a prescription for my son last week. Had I not noticed it, not only would have cost me money, but it could have compromised my son’s care. I walked out of the pharmacy with a small bag holding a refill of my son’s prescription. As my son drove out of the parking lot, I took the bottle out of the bag noting to myself the bottle was much smaller than the last time I had the prescription refilled. […] Read more »