Frugal Friday: Blog Posts That Ruled This Week, Snowmageddon Edition

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Welcome back to another Frugal Friday here at Frugal Rules. The news of this week is that the weather forecasters are predicting up to 18 inches of snow dropping in my area Thursday night into Friday morning. As I am writing this on Tuesday night, you’d think the sky was falling. I am sure there will be people fighting at the grocery store to get the last bits of milk and bread in order to make it through the storm.

I think we have received a total of 6-8 inches of snow so far this winter, so it’ll be interesting to see how people react if the predictions are right. It’ll also be interesting to see how the powers that be in my city, the lovely Omaha, will handle this snow “event” as they’re calling it. Typically they do absolutely nothing to the major streets and the residential areas are lucky if they get taken care of within four days of the storm, our tax dollars at work, eh?! Ok, that is enough of my rantings about the city of Omaha.

Besides all the talk of this snow event, this has actually been a fairly good week business wise. The previous two weeks we were running around with our hair on fire working 80 + hour weeks and we’re now back to our normal 50-60 hour week, but busier weeks look to be looming on the horizon. I’ll take that though as it’s a great problem to have.

On a separate note, for those of you that remember my post about losing our dear son Isaac four years ago in 4 Minutes That Changed My Life Forever, I encourage you to come back on Monday. We’ve been asked by numerous readers to have my wife share her side of the story. We’ve decided to oblige and I can pretty safely say you’ll want to read it.

It has been another great week in the blogosphere and this week I was able to read more blog posts than I have been able to in the previous weeks. I always find it difficult to narrow down this list as there are generally 100+ blogs that I visit on a daily basis. I have picked some of my favorite blog posts and I encourage you to stay for a while and check some of them out if they’re new to you.

Blog Posts

Does Being Rude Get You Further In Life on Eyes On The Dollar

Your Site or Blog Gets Hacked…How Do You Fix it? on Savvy Scot

The Un-American Way: Saving for Purchases on Luke 1428

What I Hate About Guatemala on Reach Financial Independence

Starting a Business – The Danger of Under Pricing on Money Bulldog

Preparing to Venture Into Investing on Modest Money

The Impact of Saving More Money on I Heart Budgets

How to be Indispensable…Even if You Work at Jiffy Lube on Young Adult Money

Income Tax is Like a Four Letter Word on Canadian Budget Binder

What Exactly Are Austerity Measures on One Smart Dollar

An Online Business is NOT a Passive Income Source on Debt RoundUp

What Stock Market Returns Can You Expect? on Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Mistakes I Made When Quitting My Job on Financial Samurai


Odd Search Terms

Food budget for 34 people family…Wow, that is one BIG family!

101 Ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts for him…Wow, you couldn’t come up with 102 ideas?

Can I give cash to my wife for a Valentine…Nothing says, “Baby you rock my world” like cash!

How can I retire without savings…Rob a bank, or life as a WalMart greeter

No Valentine gift for wife…sucks to be you

Clark W Griswold…Oh, Eddie…if I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn’t be more surprised than I am now!


Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? If you’re in an area that gets snow, how much have you gotten this year?


Photo courtesy of: Alfred Borchard

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  • It’s nice to be on your list when you visit over 100 blogs a day John. You are a busy man. Thanks for the mention. I plan on relaxing this weekend and not really doing anything. I am redesigning the blog in the background, so maybe I will do that. Who knows. I hope you enjoy your weekend.

    • John says:

      Yes I am Grayson, but I know that I am not alone in that. 🙂 My wife is out of town this weekend, so I don’t now how much relaxing I’ll get in watching the three little ones.

  • Well considering you and I were talking snow throwers last night the weather people predicted correctly. I presume you will be out smashing through the snow for a while today haha… have fun mate. Thanks for sharing CBB!!

  • Savvy Scot says:

    Looking forward to hearing your wife’s side of the story on Monday John.

    Hopefully the snow isn’t too bad for you guys… We were supposed to have a lot of snow in London but nothing came of it- just a little flutter. Thanks for the mention 🙂

  • Jose says:

    Thanks for the mention! 18 inches of snow, and I whine when we get 1/2 inch of slush. But to be fair, we do get the occasional Snow Blast! I think it was in late 99 or early 2000 that we got 21 inches overnight. In NY that’s a big deal, in North Carolina, it’s a major weather catastrophe! BTW, I love your “odd Search Terms” section, they always crack me up.

  • Mackenzie says:

    “Nothing says, “Baby you rock my world” like cash!” LOL 🙂

    Have a great weekend and stay safe! Hope the snow isn’t too bad!

  • 80+ hour weeks! You’re on fire dude! I don’t see how you manage to do all those guest posts too. I’m ramping up to do a bunch like you did…following your blogging strategy. 🙂

    • John says:

      Lol, if you only knew the half of it John. Yes, we’re quite busy. It feels like we’re running around with our hair on fire most days, but it’s worth it in the end.

    • Justin@TheFrugalPath says:

      I’ve tried to comment on as many blogs as John. I spent most of a Saturday doing it and still couldn’t reach 100. His hard work is showing though.

      • John says:

        I don’t necessarily comment on 100, but I definitely visit at least that many a day. However, that will be changing here at some point soon.

  • Thanks for the mention, John. I really appreciate it! 18 inches of snow – yikes! Well, since you lived in San Diego you know the threat of rain throws us Californians into a tailspin! I lived in DC for a few years, but it’s been awhile since I dealt with snow beyond going skiing. 🙂 Have a great weekend and hopefully it’s not spent shoveling.

    • John says:

      Not a problem Shannon. I know about that rabid fear of rain all too well. It always made me crack up to see how the San Diegan’s would go bonkers at the slightest bit of rain, but it’s all relative I guess. 🙂

  • Hey John, 18 inches of snow would be enough to shut the UK down for the next few months! I just read your 4 minutes post and it was really moving, it’s amazing you and your wife have the strength to share your story and I’m sure many people out there will re-think their priorities after reading.

    • John says:

      Thankfully we only ended up with 8 inches, but another 8-10 is on it’s way on Sunday. Thanks for your kind words on the other post. To say it changed our lives would be putting in very lightly.

  • Glad things are busy for you too!

  • pauline says:

    100 blogs a day?? do you have an extra pair of hands in your back to handle the kids?

    • John says:

      I know, I know. I am actually in the process of cutting that down quite a bit so I can start focusing on other things. I wish I had an extra pair of hands, I could make some good money if I could sell that as well. 🙂

  • Wow 18 inches of snow? I haven’t seen that in years! But then again I live in RAIN-COUVER 😛

    Thank you for the blog mention. Have a wonderful weekend John. And try not to work too much!

    • John says:

      Not a problem on the mention! Thankfully we only ended up with about 8 inches of snow, though another 8-10 is on its way come Sunday. You have a great weekend as well!

  • It’s amazing how bad some places are with snow. Over half the roads in Fort Collins are privately owned by HOA’s and they always do a horribly job of plowing. At the townhouse we used to rent, plowing was literally done with a lawn tractor with a slow plow mounted to the front! Like that has a chance of picking up anything after people have been driving over it for hours.

    • John says:

      I agree Edward. We were annexed by Omaha a year ago. We were in the county, but not the city. Prior to being annexed the snow removal was great. Now that we’re part of the city it absolutely sucks.

  • AverageJoe says:

    Wow. Painful day on Monday. I bet that was hard to write. I’m curious to read it. Thanks for the mention!

  • John, thanks so much for the mention – I really appreciate your dedication to the PF community, John. You are amazing at it and I’m not quite sure how you get as much done as you do. RE: the snow – I guess I can’t complain about the measly 4 or 5 inches we received today, can I? :-). Have a good weekend on solo kid duty 🙂

    • John says:

      Not a problem Laurie & thanks for the kind words. I am just glad we did not get the 18 inches they were calling for, though they’re calling for us to get another 8-10 inches on Sunday. I’ve been 8 hours solo and I am WIPED. 🙂

  • Thanks for mentioning my article John I really appreciate it. I know it’s hard to pick the blogs that are the best each week I always have a tough time with this as well.

  • I’m very impressed you get your roundup done on Tuesday. I have to say, for our small little area of the state, the snow plows are excellent. Thanks for including me.

    • John says:

      That’s the benefit of having my posts scheduled two weeks out generally. I start to feel nervous if it’s not done by Wednesday. I know, I am just a bit neurotic. 😉

  • Leslie says:

    I’m from Canada, so I get the whole snowmagedon factor. Hope you get some down time to enjoy the quite that that amount of snow typically brings. It is amazing to read that you visit 100+ blogs a week….that’s a lot! My 20+ pales in comparisson. I will be back on Monday to read your wife’s post…the first was truly moving, my heart goes out to you both.

    • John says:

      This weekend certainly did go by fast, so I think the relaxing will have to come today. 🙂 It is a lot of blogs and in the process of streamlining it more so I can be more efficient. Thanks as well for your kind words Leslie, the one my wife wrote for tomorrow is a very good one.

  • That is a lot of snow all at once. I have to say though I bet you still have less than we do. Living in central Canada, we get tons. There are few days where we don’t have to shovel. I think we have snow piles taller than me now.

    • John says:

      I imagine you do Miss T! We only ended up getting around 8 inches, not the 1 they were calling for. We’ll see if the other two major storms come to fruition this week or not. Those sound like some serious snow piles! We had that few years ago, with five foot piles most of the winter.

  • Thanks for the mention John. Is it really snowing that bad?

    I wonder if people out there watching the Oscars are wondering whether they should all move to southern cal?

    • John says:

      Not a problem sir! We ended up getting eight inches of snow as opposed to the expected 18. They were actually calling for another major storm to come through today but it has turned further south, so we’ll be getting 1-2 inches at most.

      I’ll tell you though, that dealing with the snow has me longing to be back in sunny San Diego with my in-laws.

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