Saturday Sprinkle #4

Hi all.  I hope you had a great week.  Here are some random thoughts and lots of great blog posts that I wanted to share.

  • Great Weekend Ahead – We had a really warm start to March, but the thing is, even when you’re 10 degrees above normal, it’s still pretty cool.  Since then we’ve had a cold spell that finally broke this week.  Now, we’ve got temps set to hit the 60’s and 70’s for the next week straight.  It’s finally spring time in Michigan and we plan to be outdoors to celebrate!
  • The Great Life – Have you ever noticed that some people have an absolute perfect life?  At least according to their social media!  Femme Frugality wisely points out that you can’t let what others post about their lives steal the joy from yours.
  • Tupperware – This stuff lasts forever, right?  Well not always, but they do offer a lifetime warranty, and Amanda at Frugal Confessions put it to the test with some pretty positive results!
  • What You Don’t Know – Some people love to plan things down to the final detail, but as much as that can work in many ways, there are always things that are going to pop up.  Mom & Dad Money discuss how to deal with uncertainty when it comes your way.
  • Why Go Out Of Your Way? – Sometimes you see people doing little things for others and you wonder if it can really make a difference?  I happened across this foreign commercial that shows that yes, it’s possible.
  • Flying The Amateur Skies – We don’t do much flying, but I did enough that we avoid most of these faux pauxs committed by airport amateurs as noted by Penny Hoarder , though I have to admit, I have seen many of these. actually happen.
  • The Best Time – When is it time to make a fresh start or start going for that long desired goal that you keep putting off?  Christina at Northern Cheapskate thinks the time might be right now!
  • Half Hearted Landlord – You hear more and more stories, especially after the burst of the housing bubble, where people move but decide to rent out their former house.  Sometimes this works, but as Will points out at Growing the Green, you might just want to think twice, especially if your heart really isn’t in it.
  • Not In My Backyard – We’ve all heard of the ‘not in my backyard’ syndrome, and while sometimes you have situations where it’s a good idea that people just don’t want near them, sometimes, as Funny About Money points out, it’s just a bad idea that does no good at all.

Have a great weekend!

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Saturday Sprinkle #3

I don’t know about you, but this has just been a long week.  I am happy it’s Saturday!  Here are a few things happening and some great articles that I’ve read over the last couple of weeks.

  • So Much For That – Last week I wrote about how Thursdays had turned into pizza nights as a result of our kids having swim lessons.  And, wouldn’t you know it we already switched days!  One of our kids moved up to a more advanced level, and they didn’t offer both kids classes at the same time on Thursdays, so Fridays it is!  Still planning on pizza after swim lessons, though!
  • When Not To Be Cheap – There are a lot of different ideas on when it’s OK to buy the ‘cheaper’ brand and when you want to avoid it.  I am always fascinated by the different perspectives.  Kayla at Eyes on the Dollar gives her thoughts here.
  • Make Food Last Longer – There are few things more frustrating than buying something at the grocery store only to have it go bad before you get to using it.  The Penny Hoarder lists 21 foods and how to store them, and some of these I definitely didn’t know!
  • When Kids Outgrow Pools – We have a small kiddie pool for our kids and it’ll definitely be coming out this summer.  But what do you do when the kids get too big?  How about create a garden?  I know, I never thought of it either!
  • Fixing Kitchen Mistakes – Have you ever cooked something and ended up with more of it on the bottom of the pan than you actually got out of it?  It happens!  Here are some tips to get the food off that burnt off pan.
  • Is The American Dream Dead? – I’ve lamented a few times that I think the American Dream, where each generation can hope to do better than the last from a financial perspective, is dead or dying.  Stefanie O’Connell wonders if maybe, now that the dream is a few generations old, it’s time to re-write just what we expect that dream to deliver.  Very interesting idea!
  • April Fool’s Get You? – I didn’t get sucked into any big April Fool’s jokes this year.  Maybe that’s good, or maybe it just means nobody tried hard enough!  LOL.  What about you, did you get taken by any pranks yesterday?
  • Follow Your Dreams – You can reach your goals.  If you find that you’re not reaching your goals, here are a few things you might want to look at that could be holding you back.

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Saturday Sprinkle #2

Happy Saturday!  Hope you had a great week.  Here’s the second of what I hope to be regular installments in my weekly roundup of great blogs I’ve read recently and mish-mash of thoughts that don’t fit in anywhere else.

  • Action Pack Week – An unexpected medical situation involving someone close took place this week.  Thankfully everything turned out OK in the end, but it was wild.  Come back Monday for more details.
  • Allowance – We recently started giving our kids an allowance.  Right now we’re doing it as they get half their age every week, so our 6 and 4 year olds get $3 and $2 respectively.  The only problem I’ve had is remembering to give it consistently, so some weeks we’re doing ‘make up’ duty.  Speaking of kids and money, Harmony at Creating Your Kaleidoscope had a great article about the one lesson she wants to teach her kids about money.
  • Baseball Draft – Tomorrow evening is my annual baseball draft.  I’ve been in this league (it’s a keeper league) for about ten years now and it’s one of my favorite things over the summer. It helped that I finished in third place last summer, which was good enough to win some money.  This was after a pretty rough stretch that lasted a few years, so it was nice to be back in contention.
  • To Freeze or not to freeze – I always love information that surprises you.  Some of the items on Joyce’s list of 24 Items You Didn’t Know You Can Freeze  over at My Stay At Home Adventure were definitely eye opening.
  • Your Biggest Investment – If you own a home, you might be tempted to think of it as your biggest investment, but Kevin at Money Under 30 advises a different approach to thinking.  It’s the exact way I have always thought of my home in terms of ‘investment status’ and I think is something that every homeowner or potential home buyer should ponder.
  • No – Who likes to ask a question and be told no?  Certainly not my kids, that’s for sure!  And that’s probably true for many of us as well, so we also don’t like to say it.  But, Michelle at the Shop My Closet Project wrote a great post about the importance of saying ‘no‘ during certain situations.
  • Stock Market – A few weeks ago when the stock market opened the year on a nosedive, who would have predicted that it would recover in a month?  Not me, but that’s exactly what’s happened.  It is concerning to me that the gyrations that have seemed to taken over the market have continued to persist, and seem to be getting more and more pronounced with each one.  Traders must love this market, but as a long term investor, it’s starting to get a tad concerning.  What do you think?

What are your plans for the weekend?  I hope it’s a good one for you!

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Saturday Sprinkle #1

I’m going to try something new and post some random thoughts that aren’t big enough to justify their own blog posts, as well as mix in some links to other blog articles that I’ve enjoyed over the past few weeks.

  • Weather – I don’t know about you, but we have had a heck of a warm finish to winter.  Here in Michigan, we did have a couple of February snowstorms, but that was about it for the year.  Now, our temps have been 10-25 degrees warmer than average for awhile.  No complaints, but just keeping our fingers crossed that this doesn’t come at the expense of warm summer days!
  • Income Loss – Not many people would find it in them to write an inspirational post after losing half of their household income, but Kristen at Joyfully Thriving does so, which is why this is one of my new favorite blogs to read!
  • Frugal Moment of the week – Last Saturday, we wanted to get the kids out of the house and go do something. The kids couldn’t agree on an activity, so we split up.  I took my son to a local place where he could build Lego for a couple hours.  Since we have a membership, it was free.  My wife took my daughter to a movie. The local theater has a thing going on in March where they show a second run kids movie all weekend, and it’s free for kids and $1 for adults.  Our grand total for a couple of hours of entertainment was $1.
  • Self-Escrow – Megan at Counting You Pennies wrote about something that I do but have never been able to mb-2016-03-springcome up with a good name for.  Assigning your money to particular funds is a technique I’ve employed for years, so this was a great read for me.
  • Water and RVs – We’ve had our RV for a few years now and the one thing that constantly terrifies me is water.  Water and RVs just don’t mix.  Last year we had a leak in our storage compartment that got under the flooring and ran all the way down to the other side of the unit, leaving a floorboard that’s softer than I like.  This year, when I went to check on it, no leak, but a tarp that I’d left in there had condensation underneath, which I now understand the reason for.  Not as big of a deal, as it was on top of the linoleum only, but it keeps that nagging fear alive!
  • Entitlement – Aaron at Three Thrifty Guys noticed a trend in a recent traffic situation that made him wonder if having more money leads to people acting poorly.
  • Dating – It’s been over ten years since I was out of the dating pool, but Christina at Adventures in Frugal gives a great idea that I had to share for any single guys reading.  This is a move I definitely might have tried (well, I’d have talked about doing it anyway) had I read this ten years sooner!
  • Weekend Plans – This weekend is supposed to be in the 60’s here in Michigan, so we are planning a trip to the zoo.  They’ve got a brand new $20 million dollar penguin exhibit that’s set to open soon, so we’re hoping that maybe we can catch a glimpse if they try a soft opening.  We also have to work on a project for my son’s spring fair.  He has a great imagination, so I know that once we get started, this is going to be awesome.

Hope you have a great weekend!

 

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