Taken To The Cleaners With Car Washes?

I’ve written several times about luxury cars being a guilty pleasure of ours. I’ve also written about my aversion to subscription-based payment schemes. So why am I so delighted with our monthly car wash subscription at the local gas station? Our monthly car wash subscription costs $30. That’s the equivalent of 2.7 ‘Works’ washes at…

The World of Self Storage Garages

If there was ever a poster child for modern society’s affluenza of over-consumption, it would have to be self storage garages, right? People have SO much stuff that they can’t fit it into their homes – despite the average living space doubling over the last 40 years. A friend and I met for lunch recently…

Super Bowl Indulgence & Everyday Frugality

We made it to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis yesterday and the experience was absolutely electric. Having the NFL’s biggest event hosted in your own hometown is an incredible experience and we enjoyed all of the week’s activities – concerts, exhibits, celebrity sightings, and the big game itself (which USA Today is calling the best…

Car Insurance Rising Fast

Our son headed back to college this weekend – ending our ‘No Responsibility January’ – and starting his Spring Semester.  Among other things, this means we need to call our insurance agent this morning and take the car insurance off the vehicle that he drives when he is home.  Car insurance runs about $900 annually…

Sneaking In Movie Theater Snacks

We love to go to the movies and probably catch a showing every other week (in addition to movies at home).  Increasingly, we catch shows on $5 Tuesdays. This past Tuesday, we caught the original White Christmas (in VistaVision!) on the big screen at the theater near us that features the reclining, first class airline-style…

Christmas Shopping – Deck the Malls

This week – the second week of December – is a great time to start Christmas shopping, by my reckoning. We’ve nabbed a couple holiday deals since Black Friday, but I like to get out in the stores when everything is ‘on’. Lights on, music on, and sales on. It’s more fun to shop when…