How The Internet Saved Me $780 In Five Minutes

My front wheel is now slightly shinier than the rest, but at least it matches!

My front wheel is now slightly shinier than the rest, but at least it matches!

Picture this.  I’m driving my awesome minivan to pick up my youngest daughter from daycare.  Big girl in the back.  The stereo bumpin’ some happy tunes.  My daughter’s cracking up and dancing in her booster seat and I’m thinking about what we should have for dinner.

Then, all of a sudden, it happens.

Thunk. Thunk. Thunk.  [Read more…]

Birkin Bags are Stupid. Period.


birkin bagAs most people know, we use Netflix and Hulu when we watch to watch television because a) it’s cheaper, and b) it’s more convenient.  I actually like streaming TV online vs. watching it live because I tend to enjoy watching entire seasons at a time.

Lately, I’ve been watching a few of the Real Housewives series and mostly recently the Miami season.  I love those bitches, but one of the recent episodes seriously confused me. [Read more…]

Why I’m Skipping Black Friday This Year

hot deal alertHere we go again.

Even though Halloween was just five minutes ago, stores have already started hauling out the obligatory holiday decor. Websites that track Black Friday ads and deals are popping up left and right, and existing sites are updating with new information and sale updates every day.

With all the hype surrounding Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it makes a cheap-ass Santa like me wonder if these deals are really all that amazing, especially when you consider all the time and effort it takes to get the best “deals.”  Here’s why I am skipping Black Friday this year: [Read more…]

A Craigslist Conundrum: What Would You Do?

craigslist 2As many of you know, we’re getting the hell up out of here in a few short weeks.  We bought a house and we’re currently in the midst of packing up all of our shit (again).  I’ve also been getting rid of stuff left and right – kid’s toys, home décor, junk.  Basically, anything I don’t want is not coming with us to the new house.  So, I bagged up a whole bunch of stuff for Goodwill and put some stuff on craigslist as well. [Read more…]

Are You Spending More Just to Get a Discount?

black-friday1-300x225Please enjoy this guest post from Ben Luthi.  Ben is a personal finance blogger who does his thing over at The Wealth Gospel. He’s passionate about helping people to stop thinking about personal finance according to the template society has created, and to find their true potential and align their behaviors with it. His favorite food is chips and salsa and his spirit animal is Warren Buffett.

I love a good discount. In fact, I can’t remember the last time my wife and I went out to eat without some form of a discount, whether it was through a Living Social or Groupon deal, a gift card, or a restaurant special. But when I scroll through online deals or go through mail ads, I can’t help but think, “There’s a whole lot of useless crap on here.” [Read more…]

Best Buy Sucks!


Well, it finally happened.  My laptop died. I had been having problems with it for months so I suppose I shouldn’t be too surprised.  And unfortunately, I had to go out and get another laptop despite the fact that we’re on FALL FINANCIAL LOCKDOWN.  Although I do have a second computer, it’s  a desktop.  I do a lot of work on the run and often take my laptop with me when we travel.  As a freelance writer and blogger, a laptop is definitely a need, and not a want.  It’s how I make my living. [Read more…]