“I Love You, Mama.”

I wrote about last week how the last two years have been the best years of my life. While I do my best to be the best father I can be, nothing can really compare to what my wife has done for our family. She’s been our rock over the past two years taking care of both me and Addie. I’m thankful for every single day that she said Yes to this nerdy, antisocial, and awkward guy.  Continue reading

Two.

This past week was Addie’s 2nd birthday. People aren’t joking when they say that time really does fly when you have a child. I attribute this to the lack of sleep. For the past two years I’ve been walking around in a sleep deprived haze in which one day blends seamlessly to next. Continue reading

Why I’m Mad We Got a Huge Tax Refund

Even though I’m a huge money nerd the thought of doing my own taxes gives me a headache. Our finances were a little more complicated last year with my unemployment and new investments we started with Betterment, Vanguard, and Lending Club. While I’ve heard that programs such as TurboTax makes doing your taxes pretty simple, I’ve never tried it. I figure that paying a tax professional is worth the cost of sorting through all our paperwork. Plus, they more likely will be able to maximize our deductions to limit how much we have to pay. 🙂 Continue reading

Our New (Used) Car

Due to my crappy week I wrote about a few weeks ago, I had to replace my not so trusty Honda CRV.

Previously on Dad is Cheap…
In a previous post I mentioned what I would do when I purchased a new car:

“When the day comes that Handy needs to be replaced, I’ll most likely get a slightly used car from a site like Auto Trader or Craigslist and pay cash for it.”

One horrible incident slightly changed that perspective. Continue reading

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

Turning the Page

I recently had the awesome opportunity to write a guest post for one of my favorite personal finance sites Budgets are Sexy, in which I did a review of my favorite budgeting app YNAB. If you haven’t done so just yet, please check it out! If you’re a new reader as a result of the post, welcome! I hope you enjoy reading the random musings of this cheap dad… Continue reading