Category: Family Fun

1st Annual Thrifty Guy of the Year Contest

We are pleased to announce our 1st annual Thrifty Guy of the Year contest to recognize that special thrifty guy in your life or someone you know who exemplifies thriftiness in all aspects of their life. You aim to be as thrifty as this guy. A little bit about the contest that starts today and ends …

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Making a Thrifty Small Summer Vacation

When I was 14 years old my cousin took me on my first camping trip in lower Minnesota along the Des Moines River. It was an experience that changed my life significantly. During my first trip we got to roast smores, cook Dinty Moore stew over the open flame, tell ghost stories, sleep in a …

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Fun and Free Things You Can Do on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a great holiday. It hasn’t been overly-commercialized like Christmas – and remains focused on togetherness and gratefulness. Like many holidays though, it can come with a little bit of stress. Especially if you are gathering with family or friends you don’t see a lot. There can be awkward moments and family drama. Oftentimes, …

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Cutting Cable – We Did It! (Part 2)

There were 16 people in front of me at the “King of Cable” (also known as Xfinity and before that, the beloved Comcast). I knew it would be a long wait, so I hunkered down along the wall with many of the others who were looking to cut their cable. Some carried their equipment in bags …

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Contemplating Cutting Cable (Part 1)

For years I’ve been one to voice how quickly I would “cut the cord” when given the chance. I figured my wife was holding “the keys” – and until she said the word – cable was here to stay. So when she told me that she was ready to get rid of cable, I was elated. …

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3 Types of Hobbies

According to Wikipedia (just to flaunt my credibility from the start), a hobby is an “activity, interest, enthusiasm, or amateur pastime that is undertaken for pleasure or relaxation, typically done in one’s leisure time.”  I like how the definition implies that the activity is life-giving. Along with the definition, the site provides over 250 ideas …

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How to Save Money on Kids Sports Pictures

This summer our family had three young boys in baseball. It goes without saying, we have had an extremely busy summer. We only had two days a week where we didn’t have some type of kids sports commitment. Along with this time commitment also came a huge financial commitment. For starters, we paid the entry …

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31 Fun and Free Things You Can Do This Summer

Whenever summer rolls around, immediately those old tv commercials come to mind of the grandpa sitting on his porch, drinking Country Time lemonade as “Memories” plays in the background. It brings back a lot of memories of all the fun times we had growing up, running free and hardly a care in the world.

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SCORE4Sports: Investing In Our Children Through Sports

This week I need to pause and brag on a bunch of 3rd and 4th grade kids! For the last three years, I’ve been a part of a great basketball organization in the Omaha metro area called, Score4Sports. This past season I had the pleasure of coaching 9 awesome kids.  We focused on learning the …

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How to Keep Visiting Family From Busting Your Food Budget

If your house is like mine you have family visit and it looks like a barren, tornado-ravaged wasteland all rolled in to one. I love my family, I really do, but when they come to town it always feels like they eat us out of house and home. Instead of the normal and somewhat frugal …

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