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 »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 11/29

Today is that shopping phenomenon known as Black Friday.  Crowds of people will flood stores looking for the best deal.  Once again, I found the best possible deal – I saved 100% by staying home and sleeping in. I prefer to take my time, shop around, and find exactly the product I’m looking for, preferably online.  Then I just wait for it to show up on my doorstep. Fist pump for saving 100%, AND not having to deal with crazy shopping people! Posts That Make Me Fist Pump 5 Benefits and Drawbacks of Keeping a Change Jar from Beating Broke […] Read more »

You’re Not Stuck With That Late Fee

Lenders and credit card companies assess a late fee the second your payment is late. Late fee amounts vary by lender, but can be a significant amount of cash. However, if you are late, a quick phone call and the right tone of voice can have that late fee rescinded. My automobile loan lender for whatever reason does not allow online payments, so each month I mail a check. I normally send it well in advance of the due date. However last month with the way the weekend landed as well as there not being mail on Veteran’s day my […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 11/22/19

Happy Friday, EOD Nation! I’m now 10 weeks post Achilles tendon repair surgery, out of the boot and walking in shoes for 3.5 weeks. Literally 10 minutes ago I figured out why I was still limping, and why my groin and hip was hurting. I wasn’t trusting my tendon, cutting my stride with my right foot short.  The pulling up of my leg prematurely was aggravating my groin and hip.  Once I let my stride fully complete, allowing my foot to roll and my tendon bend the way it’s supposed to, my limp is gone and I no longer get […] Read more »

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 […] 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 »