My wife was excited to see her dad for the first time since he moved to Texas over three years ago. While talking with him to get his travel plans, she found out he was actually taking a bus. He thought taking a bus would be cheaper than … [Read more...] about Comparing Travel Cost: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
I found myself at a big box hardware store over the weekend, looking at materials to build a fire pit in my backyard. Others in the neighborhood have semi-permanent fire pits built with rocks, patio blocks, and even concrete. They look really cool, … [Read more...] about A Lesson In Value: Loving the Idea More Than The Reality
I honestly laughed out loud when I read the letter from my garbage disposal provider. They were writing to me to offer me a deal in which I would commit to continue to use their service for the next year, and in return they would not raise my rates … [Read more...] about Dear Garbage Company: I’m Moving On
Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net My wife hung up the phone and declared, â€œI am getting my hair colored for free today.â€ She had that smirky smile on her face that beamed of, â€œI did it again.â€ I smiled back, waiting … [Read more...] about Is There A Statute Of Limitations On Complaining?
It happens to me frequently. I pull out a loaf of bread, or what's left of a gallon of milk only to find the expiration date has passed. I visually inspect whatever it is I'm holding, then give it a good sniff. If it passes those two tests, what I do … [Read more...] about Would You Buy Expired Food To Save Money?
As I packed the car, I reminded myself that I promised I would never do it again. My family and I are returning today from a mini-vacation to our favorite water park destination. When we last visited in January, We spent close to $50 on crappy food … [Read more...] about Return To The Water Park: Getting Value For Our Meal