Have Fun At The Office

If you have an office job, you know it isn’t always fun.  Many places have fun activities.  But for every Google that’s loaded with ping pong tables, there’s 100 offices that have, well, nothing.  Fear not.  You can make your office a fun place.  And you don’t even need to convince management to buy a ping pong table!  Here are some ideas to have fun at the office.  They’re fun, easy, and they’re (mostly) free.


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This is all the rage around our office.  Somebody brought in a jigsaw puzzle and left it out on a table that nobody ever used.  It didn’t take long before people started putting it together.  When you walked by there was always someone there.  Now, people have started bringing in puzzles.  Just about everyone has some around the house, right?  At last count our office had four different puzzle stations going.

Deck of Cards

Bring a deck of cards and leave them in the break room.  It won’t take long before people start playing during lunch or break time.  Whether it’s a game of rummy, poker, war, or cribbage, people will play. Just make sure it doesn’t cut into work time.  Also, no gambling for money.

Checkers Board

Checkers is an easy game that just about everybody knows how to play.  There has to be someone that has a board lying around the house.  Bring one in and I guarantee you’ll have people playing in no time.  You could also bring in a chess board though these games can tend to take longer.

Fun Bulletin Board

Sometimes there are bulletin boards around the office.  Many go unused or have announcements from years ago.  Clear some space and hang some fun things.  Maybe a funny meme that you print out.  Some funny comics from a daily desk calendar.  People will go to it for some laughs, and it will grow.

Non-Work White Board

Most offices nowadays have white boards all over the place.  If you can find one that’s not used for work, re-purpose it for people to draw.  You’ll be amazed to find out some of the artistic qualities that your co-workers have.

Coloring Books

Along the same lines, bring in some coloring books, and either crayons or pencils.  I bet that people will start using them.  You’ll find some really cool work and probably some funny ones as well.

Outside of the puzzles, these are just a few ideas I came up with.  These are things that I think can bring people together, and get people talking.  Either way, a little extra fun and creativity is always a good thing, right?  Now get back to work!

Readers, what fun ideas do you have for an office that are quick and simple?

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Friday Favorites – October 20, 2017

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks.  We were supposed to go camping last weekend but didn’t.  It poured buckets all day Saturday.  That would have been our final trip of the year.  Oh, well.  In addition, kids activities have kicked into high gear.  My son is doing Cub Scouts for the second year in a row.  I’m excited (and a little nervous) as I agreed to be his den leader.  That means I’ll be coordinating activities for the ‘Bears’ (a.k.a.) third graders.  Definitely exciting!

Favorite Posts

Here are some posts I’ve enjoyed over the last two weeks:

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I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I did.  Have a great weekend!

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Debt is a Habit and Mindset That’s Contagious

We’ve all heard about the difference between nature and nurture.  These two umbrella categories of influences determine who we are and how we behave. Different people have different ideas about which is more important – the role that parents have in raising their children, or in the environment the child grows up in and in their own DNA. It’s clear that there is a complex interplay between these two arenas of influence. But how does this play out in the realm of personal finance?

Financial Behaviors

It is thought that most of our financial behaviors are learned, not innate.  Humans have instincts when it comes to being thrifty.  How we allocate our resources ties to our basic survival instincts.  Yes, this goes all the way down to how we spend our money.  Regardless, what we learn from our parents shapes us in many ways.  This holds true in many ways, including how we use our money.

Kids observe the way their parents spend, save, and invest money. Some households make a rule that the family’s finances won’t be a topic of discussion around the children. But these kids are still seeing some of the most important financial decisions you ever make – how and when you buy groceries, how much you use your credit cards, how stressed out you get because of financial matters (whether you speak about them directly or not).

These are the kinds of financial behaviors that kids will tend to build their lives upon, simply because they don’t know any different after many years seeing these actions performed in their childhood home. So when parents are in debt or go through bankruptcy, the actions that precipitate these states tend to rub off on their children.

Setting A Good Example With Debt And Money

It’s important for parents to acknowledge this and to start exemplifying good financial behaviors if they have not done so up till this point. If you are nearing bankruptcy, for example, use a Creditfix Trust Deed to eliminate your debt without having to file for bankruptcy (and endure the damage to your credit that will result). It’s financial recovery behaviors like these that make the biggest impact on kids, because it’s evidence that you can stop destructive behaviors and make the sacrifices that result in better financial states in the future.

The alternative is passing on behaviors that will result in debt for your children. Most people carry a fair amount of debt. This is common knowledge. Even if your debt isn’t passed onto your children one day, the behaviors that they are predisposed to may result in the same state in their lives later on.

If you have kids, start talking to them about money now. Don’t pass on the habits and mindset that result in lifelong debt. Beyond simply talking about money, make sure you use your money in a way that demonstrates responsibility. Not only will this help keep your kids out of debt in the long term, it could help them greatly increase their wealth, independence, and opportunities for many years to come. Start making these changes and you’ll reap the benefits for life.

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Fall Fun At The Cider Mill The Way It’s Meant To Be

Fall is not my favorite season.  I’m definitely a summer guy.  I like warm temperatures, beaches, and long days.  Still, fall has a lot of fun things.  One of those has been to head to the cider mill.

I wrote a pretty discouraging article a couple of years ago about a cider mill ‘gone bad’.  They took a bunch of long standing traditions and scrapped everything in the name of money.  It was obvious that customers were just dollar signs.

Still, I knew that while some places turned to the dark side, not everybody would.  There had to be good cider mills out there.  Cider mills that stayed true to the roots of good cider, donuts.  And some good apple picking was a bonus as well.

We Found Our New Cider Mill

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My wife and daughter tried a place out last year, and loved it. My son and I were off doing something, so we didn’t get to try it as a family until this year.

It’s called Hy’s Cider Mill.  It’s about half an hour from our house.    We went and absolutely loved it.

Apple Picking

First on the agenda was apple picking.  They charged by the pound.  They were absolutely cool with us taking one basket per family. We could take a ride to the apples or walk.  Since the apples we wanted were close, we just walked.

It was all low pressure and lots of fun.  On top of it, we got some great family photos as well!


Cider and Donuts

Next up was cider and donuts.  We stood in a very short line.  We ordered a gallon of cider and a dozen donuts.  They asked how many cups we wanted.  We grabbed a bunch of napkins.  No charge for either!

And when we went to pay by credit card, no problem.  They didn’t shuffle us off to an ATM conveniently located on property.

We headed outside and found a picnic table.  They were plentiful.  We enjoyed some great cider and probably the best donuts I’ve eaten.  Everybody had two!

Play Time

The place had some really large hay bales rolled up.  They put a few out near the picnic tables, which was great fun.  The kids loved climbing up.  My wife and I even hopped up and got a few more pictures.

A Great Day

In the end it was a great time.  It helped that the weather was great.  Everybody was in a good mood.  Nobody felt nickel and dimed.  Nobody felt rushed.  We all enjoyed some great cider and donuts and left feeling satisfied.

Since the place has been in business for years, presumably they’re making money.  Imagine that, treating customers right and still managing to turn a profit.

Some places need to take a lesson.

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