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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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DIK (Dual Income, Kids)
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For men, they say that you marry a younger version of your mom. That may be true, but in one way, my wife Nora is very similar to my dad. I told you before about how Dad is not afraid to lay down a 4-wheel skid (in the days before ABS anyway) if he sees […] The post We Brake for Free Firewood and Other Frugal Heating Adventures appeared first on ...
Posted: Dec 04 2017 @ 1:27 PM
You know how all the guys (and some of the women) carry guns in rural Texas' In our family, all the guys carry pocket knives. It’s part of the 2nd Amendment, right' On the way out the door, you grab your wallet, keys, phone, and jackknife. I rarely use it, but no matter, it’s family […] The post How a Prized Pocket Knife Was Imperiled on a Trip to See the ...
Posted: Nov 27 2017 @ 11:50 AM
This is my 2nd go at a Vignette post (read the Summer Vignettes here), I hope you find it entertaining or helpful. Let me know what you think. I Don’t Recommend Hanging It on Your Exterior Door It’s almost that time of year. Time to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Time for eggnog and Christmas […] The post Fall Vignettes – Interesting Odds and Ends appeared first on Personal Finance King. ...
Posted: Nov 20 2017 @ 12:45 PM
This is a follow on post to my Top 8 Free and Offbeat Things to Do in Baltimore, but this one is all about offbeat Historic things to see and do in Charm City that are free. Most people don’t know how much history Baltimore has. From 1830-1850, it was the second-largest city in the […] The post Top 8 Free and Offbeat Historic Things to Do in Baltimore appeared first ...
Posted: Nov 13 2017 @ 11:36 AM
Why is it that 500 years after Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to a Catholic church (commemorated this past week), we still think we can buy favor with God? Is it because everything else of value in this world has a price? That if we want something bad enough, we can find a seller for it. Is it because the concept of grace is so foreign and confounding to us? The ...
Posted: Nov 05 2017 @ 2:53 PM
When the Baltimore City Council voted in August to remove 4 Confederate statues (actually 3 + Roger Taney), it was accomplished under cover of darkness in one night. I had a friend ask: How can a city that takes 6 months to fill a pothole remove 4 multi-ton statues in a single night? Background Located on the front lines of the American Civil War and south of the Mason-Dixon Line yet arm-twisted into ...
Posted: Oct 28 2017 @ 7:24 AM
I’ve lived in and around Baltimore practically my whole life, so I’m a bit of a casual expert on what to see and do around town. Especially worthwhile things that are free. I have a few mantras I stick to: First, don’t do what everyone else is doing. Someone once said “the masses are asses” and I don’t have any evidence to refute that. On a hot summer day, the Inner Harbor ...
Posted: Oct 23 2017 @ 12:25 PM
Next up: These vintage cast iron swiveling stoolsIf possible, I like to score a win-win. That applies to relationships, but also making money. Can you make a living while also making a positive impact on the world? Can you earn a paycheck while being a good Christian witness? A few notches lower on the significance scale, but a win-win nonetheless: Can you earn some extra cash while getting rid of things ...
Posted: Oct 16 2017 @ 11:50 AM
If you live in the U.S., you know it’s expensive to vacation in Europe. The basic cost of entry is airfare (at least $500 x 4 for my family), plus hotel or B&B for let’s say 10 nights ($150 X 10), plus food ($100 X 10), plus in-country transportation (cattle car Eurail for adults for 8 days is $352 X 2 and for kids is $287 X 2). The grand total is ...
Posted: Oct 09 2017 @ 11:30 AM
Grey as a toddler preparing to eat another bowl of $100 billsWant to know the worst possible financial decision you could make? Have a baby. Want to know the best decision Nora and I made? To have a baby. Or two. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (not sure why it’s their job to tally such things, but never mind that), the cost of raising a child increased 3% to $233,610 ...
Posted: Oct 02 2017 @ 12:51 PM


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