Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 4/24/20

Rumors are swirling the closure of a large pork processing plant in South Dakota may make pork products harder to find in the near future.  I don’t personally think that’s gonna happen but it did spark an idea of what I wanted to do during another weekend  quarantined at home. I’ve got four pork shoulders and seven racks of ribs I’ll be throwing on the smoker.  Pork shoulder for pulled pork on Saturday, ribs on Sunday. It’ll be good practice honing my smoking skills and it will make many, many meals I’ll vacuum seal and put in the freezer for […] Read more »

Inexpensive Ways to Communicate During the COVID-19 Pandemic

We can’t hang out with our friends, or visit our family due to our state’s shelter at home order. I even had to tell my son, who is away at college, to not come home for a weekend visit. In times like these creativity is required to stay in touch with friends and loved ones. Here are 5 inexpensive ways to communicate during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Phone Call The phone call may be shunned by many, but it’s still an effective way of communicating when you want to have a one on one conversation. Emails Email your loved ones often, […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 4/17/20

I’ve now been working from home for 8,432 weeks. Ok, it just seems like it. I am grateful to have a job I am able to do from home, but cabin fever is setting in. One thing that is helping me keep sane is the ability to also workout at home. Included in my occasional trips to Walmart is a trip to the sporting goods section in search of workout equipment. They get a small number of items in sporadically.  Over time I’ve been able to collect a weight bench and rack, a weight tree, a curl bar, a straight […] Read more »

Taking Expense Analysis To A New Level

It’s important to evaluate all your monthly expenses from time to time for value. Eliminate the ones not worth their value, reduce others to be inline with the value they provide. General cable, subscriptions, insurance, and cell phone bills are staples to this process. But during home quarantine due to Coronavirus, I’ve had time take my expense analysis to a new level to make sure I’m getting the most value possible for my money. Here are four things I’ve looked at and made adjustments to over the last few weeks: Broadband Analysis In a conversation with a coworker I realized […] Read more »

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

Happy Friday, EOD Nation!  I know it’s hard to differentiate between days at this point. At least it is for me. The governor or Minnesota has extended the Stay At Home order until May 4th. I’m staying sane by working out using the home gym equipment I purchased, firing up my grill and smokers (I’ve got brisket and pork shoulder on as I’m writing this) and resurrecting old PlayStation 2 games.  What are you doing to keep your mind off being quarantined? Fist pump for staying sane AND my favorite posts of the week! Posts That Make Me Fist Pump […] Read more »

Save Money By Installing Window Blinds Yourself

Window blinds serve as both window covering and décor. Custom blind companies will come to your home, measure your windows and install blinds that fit perfectly. They will also charge you several hundred dollars per blind making putting blinds throughout your home a very expensive venture. Or, you could save yourself hundreds, maybe even thousands of dollars by installing window blinds yourself bought from a big box hardware store. Before buying blinds as a do it yourself project, there’s a few things you should be aware of and keep in mind: Decide Mount Type Determining the mount type is the […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 4/3/20

We’re now at the end of week three of working from home.  Here in Minnesota, we’re at the end of week one of a “Shelter in place” edict from our Governor. For those of you that are in a similar situation, what are you all spending your money on while you’re quarantined at home? Our main expenditure has been home gym equipment since health clubs are closed. Other than that, we’ve gotten take out food a couple of times, as well as take out beer from a local microbrewery. Gotta support those local businesses.  Our next expenditure is something super […] Read more »

Six Inexpensive Ways To Be Productive And Have Fun While Quarantined

Due to current circumstances, many if not all of us are spending a lot more time at home. In Minnesota we have been ordered to shelter in place by our governor. That means we are only supposed to leave our homes if absolutely necessary. Being one of those people that try to find the positive in every situation, I’m viewing this as an opportunity to save money, accomplish some things that I wouldn’t have otherwise, and of course have some fun. Here are some things you can do while quarantined in your own home to have fun, be productive, and […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 3/28/2020

Two weeks ago I started working from home as my employer suggested we do so on  a voluntary basis.  Last week working from home became mandatory for the foreseeable future. I could complain about how the days run together, and how I’ve been spending the bulk of my time sitting at my kitchen table with my laptop and giant secondary monitor I retrieved from my office.  But, the truth is I’m grateful.  I’m thankful that I have a job I can do from home, and that I have a home in which I can stay safe with only occasional trips […] Read more »

The Case For Dumping Our Gym Membership

My wife and I have been paying $155 a month for a gym membership for years. I can count with my fingers how many times a year I don’t work out. I’ve also been a big advocate that it’s easier to make exercising part of your lifestyle if it’s an event. For these reasons I’ve thought the high cost of my full priced gym membership was worth it. That changed last week. I used to go to spin classes all the time, but the class times just don’t line up with my availability. So, last week I bought a spinning […] Read more »

Fist Pump Fiday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 3/20/20

I’m a week into working from home mode.  I leave the house to get my wife to and from work (as a paraprofessional for the school district she is currently providing child care for essential emergency workers), and to go to the grocery store.  That’s it.  There are rumors the governor of Minnesota will eventually declare a state of shelter in place.  That wouldn’t change my life at all at this point.  So far things are going alright, at least I don’t have to hurry to take a shower in the morning! Fist pump for working in jammies and my […] Read more »

I Bought A Year’s Supply of Something at Walmart

On Saturday I walked into Walmart, completely filled it with a single product and headed to the checkout counter. After putting my haul into my van, I went back in and did it again. With a third cart full the next day I had an entire year’s supply of the product, and I’m not even sorry about it. I didn’t purchase toilet paper, cleaning products or any of the other products people are currently panic buying. It was charcoal. Every March, Walmart has a spring charcoal sale and I stock up. It’s literally the only time during the whole year […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 3/13

The Coronavirus hysteria has reached my employer.  I received an email from my employer late yesterday afternoon recommending those who can work from home should seriously consider doing so. Therefore, starting today I’m working from home until further notice. I stopped by the grocery store to pick up a few things and found the shelves very empty.  Not just the toilet paper aisle, almost everything. I just wish it was nice enough outside for me to sit on my deck and work. Fist pump for working from home and my favorite posts of the week! Posts That Make Me Fist […] Read more »

Gap Insurance: Read the Fine Print

A few weeks ago I wrote how happy I was with the decision to purchase gap insurance for my daughter’s car.  The insurance company evaluated the vehicle as a total loss due to damage incurred from an accident. I owed more than the market value of the car, and was told gap insurance would pay the difference. However, the letter received from the insurance company had me rethinking the value of gap insurance. Read the Fine Print The letter said no payout was required from the gap insurance claim due to the loan being satisfied through a clause in the […] Read more »