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The Credit Card Man

May 30th, 2004 at 12:43 am

Taking to a friend last night. Has a bet with another friend of who can get the most credit cards by the end of the year. Up to 46 with over $100,000 in credt and thinks this is great.

Is it any wonder we are a nation in debt?

Got to love peanuts

May 25th, 2004 at 04:14 pm

Government knows how much we all love peanuts. Why else would they spend $202,500 of you hard earned money for the National Peanut Fairgrounds (LINK)

Shameful.

Margot the frugal gestapo II

May 25th, 2004 at 09:37 am

Came to our house again today. Was getting ready to throw out a baggie --- peanut butter and jelly all over the inside. Shouts at me why I am doing that. Says that it can be reused.

Look at it, it's a mess inside. Offer it to her.

Turns it inside out and starts washing it. Probably spends more in soap and water cleaning it that a new one costs, but wasn't looking to prolong the incident.

Later am throwing away the plastic wrap around the newspaper (was raining in the morning) and I get the same shout. Get a lecture that there are a hundred uses for it.

"Like peanut butter and jelly?" I ask.

Wife isn't amused and I'm in the dog house tonight

Dumb Clueless Guy

May 23rd, 2004 at 04:23 am

No doubt about it. I'm a "dumb, clueless guy" (and in this instance, damn proud of being labled so) because for the life of me, I cannot understand why anyone would pay $80,000 for a hand bag (LINK). House cost less than that when I bought it!

Women start comparing hand bags and husbands - guys, you know it's time to find another partner.

A Fan Of Mayor Ken!

May 22nd, 2004 at 02:25 pm

Got to hand it to Mayor Ken. LINK) I'm a fan! Didn't think there was a politician out there with any financial sense (still searching for one in the good old USA) or one willing to call a spade a spade.

Just feel bad that he won't be re-elected.

Executive Idiot

May 22nd, 2004 at 02:04 pm

Being a top executive doesn't exempt you from being an idiot. Some Chief Financial Officer for a Swiss Insurance company spent $28,000 at a strip club (LINK hint - if you have any policies with a swiss insurnace company, it's time to switch them and is suing because the bill is too much.

Spending $28,000 was stupid...not taking your lumps and filing a lawsuit was even more idiotic. Sure bet the company is going to look kindly on that now that their name is being associated with strip clubs. Sure will do wonders for his future job prospects too.

Make a financial blunder, suck it up and learn. Oh, but then I keep forgetting. "It's somebody else's fault" is the American way.

Margot the frugal gestapo

May 22nd, 2004 at 12:42 am

Lives down the street. She's the one training her cat to go to the toilet and trying to convince my wife to do the same. Nice lady overall except when it comes to being frugal. Becomes the frugal gestapo then. You know the type. Cuts band-aids in half the long way so a single one can be used twice.

Came over yesterday and had a hissy cause my wife was throwing away an old bra. Proceeded to explain how the padding had lots of uses, the lace could be used for making this and that, the wires were still good and the hooks and latches could all be reused. Dismantles the whole thing on our kitchen table and when my wife didn't look enthusiastic enough, took everything home to use herself. Somebody else's used bra!

Some things are meant to be thrown away.

Google - I stand corrected

May 21st, 2004 at 02:30 pm

Silly me - I though that $70 for a free google email account was a stupid as a person could get, but when it comes to the "I must have the latest no matter the cost" the price will triple to $200 in a half day news edition (LINK LINK 2). Only going to get worse. Have patience for a few months and pay nothing or fork over a few $100 today. Hey, its the Americal way.

Frugal vs Weird

May 21st, 2004 at 01:40 pm


I understand wanting to save money. That doesn't mean free license to do wierd things. Here's the concept. Save on kitty litter by toilet training you cat (LINK). That's wierd, not frugal.

Forget to leave the lid up? Not a pretty site when you return from work. Boss is over for BBQ and has to wait in line behind the cat to use the toilet? Bye-bye promotion. There are enough household squables between husband and wife regarding toilet etiquette without bringing kitty into the scene.

Don't want to pay for cat litter? Open the door and let your cat outside.

Exchange money fools

May 21st, 2004 at 06:23 am

Whoever came up with this idea had no faith in the money sensibilities of the American people. And guess what? He built himself a million dollar company (LINK). Just goes to show that betting against people's financial common sense will make you a millionaire.

Take your change to the grocery store and put it into a machine. The machine hands you back bills and skims 18% off the top. Of course, you could walk 3 feet to the check out counter and not have to pay anything for the bills, but that would make too much sense. You have to remember that we're talking about people who pay a $1.00 for water that comes out of a tap at home.

If you have change and you want brand new bills for it, drop on by my house. I'll only skim 10% off the top. Pretty good deal!

A free Google Mail account for $70

May 21st, 2004 at 04:40 am

Patience. Nobody has patience anymore. Have to have the latest gadget asap. No matter what the price. Google offers free email account and people start paying $70 for them (LINK) Is it really a wonder that 80% of the people in the US are in debt?

Anything for a buck

May 21st, 2004 at 02:11 am

What the ? Pringles - you know, those overall saturated fat potato thingies - is writing stuff on their potato chips now (link). What's that? Potoato chip fortune cookies? and its printed in blue ink. Blue? Is there anything edible that is blue. The only food that is blue are those frozen pops you ate as a kid that looked eerily like the wiper fluid you put in the car. Sorry, I don't want to read my food. Anything for a buck

Martha Stewart Is an Idiot

May 21st, 2004 at 01:59 am

Worth millions, can't bear to take a loss of a few thousand dollars like us common folks have to and ruins her empire. How did she ever become the head of a company?

Banks Suck

May 21st, 2004 at 01:53 am

The title says it...they suck. Think about it. You lend them money so they can make more money and then they charge you fees when you want your money back so they can make even more money. Crazy. Nothing more to say. They just plain suck.