Achieving Your Goals: Focus On Behavior, Not The Outcome

Staring at the scale, I already knew what it would say. It was the designated weigh in day to check my progress towards my weight loss goal. I knew I hadn’t lost weight. It wasn’t because the scale hadn’t been on my mind. I thought about it every day. The fact that I thought about it, and only it, so often was exactly the problem. I had focused on the wrong thing, with disastrous results. Focusing On The Outcome is The Wrong Way To Achieve A Goal I was focused on the wrong thing, thinking constantly about what the scale […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 8/31

I’m excited to fire up my new smoker this weekend!  I’m making summer sausage using some venison a friend of mine gave me.  He provides the venison, I’m kicking in the pork to mix with it as well as the seasonings and we’ll split the product.  When I’m done, I’ll have made about 40 pounds of summer sausage at a cost of $2 a pound.  I’ll keep half of it, which means I’ll have plenty for holiday and football gatherings. Fist pump for making sausage, and my favorite posts of the week! Posts That Make Me Fist Pump The Top […] Read more »

Save Money, Be Ready For Spring With End Of Summer Sales!

With Fall approaching, garden centers at big box stores like Walmart, Target, Costco, Home Depot and others are looking to move their Summer seasonal items. This is a great time to find items you may be in the market for if the price is right. I found just such an item at Walmart yesterday. “Hello?” said my wife, answering her phone. “We have a situation here at Walmart,” I said seriously. “Oh, and what is that?” she replied. “There’s a smoker that I’ve had my eye on all summer that would be perfect for smoking sausage. Regular price is $174. […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 8/24

We’re headed to GreekFest, a local event held each year in our city, this evening.  There will be Greek food, entertainment, and crafts to look at and purchase. It should be a good time paired with some amazing food. This is exactly the sort of event at which I don’t mind spending my hard earned cash. I don’t know how to make Greek food, and the entertainment will be fun to watch – should be fun! What about you, EOD Nation, is there a local event you’re looking forward to? Fist pump for Greek food, and my favorite posts of […] Read more »

6 Tips To Keep In Mind When Buying A Vehicle

I recently purchased a car for my daughter. Although she was super excited for her first car, I was less than enthused to go through the financing process again. I pulled out all my mental notes from past experiences on things to be on the look out for when buying a car. Have The Kelly Blue Book Handy Have the website for the Kelly Blue Book bookmarked and ready to go. It will help you determine if the price of a vehicle is within fair market value, as well as show you other cars of the same type for sale […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 8/17

This weekend my church is holding a summer event for the community featuring a BBQ contest and slip-n-slides for kids of all ages. I’m loading up a trailer with my smoker and setting up a booth in the parking lot tomorrow morning, as I’m participating in the BBQ contest. There are three categories; Ribs, chicken, and BBQ sauce.  I’m entering all three, and I’m bringing my A Game – wish me luck! Fist pump for BBQ contests and my favorite posts of the week! Posts That Make Me Fist Pump How to Pay Cash for Your Next Car, Even When […] Read more »

5 Ways For College Students To Save Money

Over the weekend my son moved into his first college apartment where he’ll be living with three of his friends. This is the first time he is responsible for buying and making his own food, paying monthly bills, and maintaining his own residence. In preparing for his big move I gave him several money saving tips to help keep down the cost of living. Clothes Dresser A quality dresser costs hundreds of dollars and the inexpensive ones you have to assemble are poor quality, don’t hold much weight, and fall part quickly. A cube organizer is a perfect way for […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 8/10

Today was an exciting day for my daughter, as we purchased a car for her. As a busy teen, she needs a way to get around, and her blue Ford Focus will definitely do the trick.  We’ll be using the car to teach her new financial lessons, as well as car maintenance skills – both of which will be beneficial for her for the rest of her life. She currently has a  summer job, but will be looking for something new as fall draws near. After all, she’ll be expected to pay for her insurance! Fist pump for new cars, […] Read more »

Ignore Financial Distractions

Small birds swoop constantly at my head every time I mow my backyard. My wife is astonished I can just ignore them. I just shrugged my shoulders, and explained I know they’re not going to actually hit me, and I have a job to do and I want to complete it as quickly as possible. Imagine how much longer it would take me to mow my lawn if I would alter my course every time they came near me? I just keep mowing in my straight lines. We can all take a lesson from these swooping birds and learn to […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 8/3

The hunt for a car has begun.  Not just any car, my daughter’s first car. We want to find that balance between safety, a car she likes, dependability and affordability.  We test drove a Ford Focus today with a backup camera and bluetooth connectivity to her phone. It also had the one major attribute she wanted……it’s blue. Doing some research on it before we think about going any further, but it has potential! Fist pump for first cars, and my favorite posts of the week! Posts That Make Me Fist Pump Should You Be Tracking Your Net Worth? from Young […] Read more »

The Inappropriate Tip Jar

The tipping culture in the United States has gone a little off the rails in recent years, in my opinion. Tip jars appear almost everywhere these days. While I’m not opposed to giving a tip for good service, and even though I don’t agree with it I recognize that some workers rely on tips for their income. However, increasingly I see inappropriate use of the tip jar. I encountered two such tip jar misuses recently. Wine Tour Tip Jars My wife and I went on a wine tour in which we rode a trolley to four different wineries in our […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 7/27

My wife and I are showing our age today as we have tickets to a concert of the 80’s hair bands Cheap Trick, Journey, and Def Leppard. My wife LOVES Journey and is excited to see them. Of course, we’ll have to remember that standard “captive audience” concert prices will apply to anything we buy at the concert such as $12 adult beverages, $20 event parking, and hot dogs priced more like steak dinner. To get the most value for our money we’ll be parking for free a few miles away and paying $3 each to take the light rail […] Read more »

You DESERVE To Be A Satisfied Customer

Businesses are run by people, which means occasionally mistakes will be made. That being said, customers have basic expectations when spending their hard earned money. When those expectations are not met, businesses have an obligation to do something to make it up to their customers. I recently had two such experiences, which the businesses handled perfectly. Olive Garden Put Me On Hold, Forever I dialed Olive Garden’s number to place my to go order as I pulled out of the driveway. I expected to be told it would be ready in 15 minutes, which coincidentally the amount of time it […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 7/20

This weekend is a gift card weekend for my family.  We’ve acquired several gift cards and we’ll be using them all to keep overall out of pocket spending down.  Here’s what we have: Olive Garden ($25) : I got this gift card to help smooth over a situation which left me waiting for my to go order for over 30 minutes. I’ll use this to buy alfredo sauce and breadsticks and make the pasta at home. Local Burger Place ($10) : I got this gift card to help smooth over a situation where a local burger restaurant forgot part of […] Read more »