Suiting Up.

Earlier this week I wrote a guest post for the blog Debt Roundup, in which I discuss the origin story of Dad is Cheap. If you haven’t done so just yet, please check it out! Special thanks to Grayson at Debt Roundup for featuring me and Chenell at Bright Cents for connecting us!

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Of Credit Cards and Cash Back

I LOVE me some credit cards.

Unless I’m at a place where they only accept cash or there’s a BS credit card fee, I’ll opt to use a credit card for every single purchase. I once had a credit card transaction as low as $0.33.

In the past few years , my wife and I have used over 10 different credit cards. I thought that was a lot until I read this post by J$ about the guy who has 1,497 cards! Now, that doesn’t even make any sense. Continue reading

I Buy Whatever I Want

I am a huge pro wrestling nerd. (Yes, I know it’s scripted but it’s still real to me dammit!). I am such a geek about it that I managed to incorporate it during my best man speech at my brother’s wedding. First, like a true wrestling heel (i.e. bad guy) I got the crowd to boo me by making fun of the local NBA team (Golden State Warriors), and then finished my speech by getting the crowd to stand up and chant “YES!” in unison like then WWE Champ Daniel Bryan. It. Was. Epic. Continue reading


I turn 35 on Christmas Eve.

I’d like to dedicate this post to all the Christmas babies. Only you truly understand hearing the phrase, “this is your birthday AND Christmas gift.” It was always tough having a birthday around this time because a lot of people aren’t available in December. I once had a birthday party when I was around 12 in which ONE person showed up. I was so tramatized from that experience that I didn’t have another party until I was 30. Continue reading

These are a Few of My Favorite Things

Since I’m the biggest personal finance nerd I (and some of my friends and family) know, I usually get asked for my recommendations on anything money related. While I don’t profess to be a financial expert, I do love talking about different methods that people use to manage their finances. The following are a few things that I usually recommend to people during my geeked out money conversations.  Continue reading

Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad

Thanks to everyone for their comments, well wishes, and overall support from my previous post about getting laid off. An extra special thanks to Des at Half Banked for featuring my post twice on her blog. Losing your job isn’t easy, but it’s nice knowing that I’m not alone. Quite a few of you have also been laid off at one point and have shared your stories with me. Some even reached out to help me look for work which has been a pleasant, but unexpected side effect of me blogging about my experience. Continue reading

The Perks of Driving an Older Car

While most of my friends and family are driving fancy new vehicles, I’ve been content driving my thirteen year old car – a 2003 Honda CRV. It has 170,000 miles, faded paint, and a combo CD Player/Tape Deck. The electronic locks stopped working about 20,000 miles ago. Continue reading

The Four Rules of YNAB and How They Changed How I Budget

Vic wasn’t always the Budget Jedi that he currently is. (Nor did he always talk in the third person). For years my wife and I tried to budget. We tried Mint and Excel spreadsheets. Yet no matter what we tried and how motivated we were, nothing ever stuck. Continue reading

My Little Miss Sunshine (Award)

A special shout out to both Kristin at Brokepedia and J at Hey It’s Just Money for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Much love and appreciation to both of you. Like the Versatile Blogger Award I wrote about a few posts ago, this award is passed along the blogging community to throw spotlight on other blogs. I’m more than happy to partake! Continue reading

Our Budgeting Success Since Our Daughter Was Born

Another post about budgeting? Yep. I’m pretty sure I have another 67 posts about how awesome budgets are. Vic is the ultimate budget nerd (who writes in the 3rd person). While having a daughter has increased our expenses, I actually feel richer now that I have a daughter then when it was just me and my wife. It’s all because our family got on a budget. We make decent money, but we’re not millionaires.  I wanted to share how getting on a budget has changed our family.

Since we started budgeting about a year ago we… Continue reading