Yahoo Comments, First World Problems and other Ramblings
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Happy Friday friends! Is it just me or has this week been a little on the nutty side? I used to love three day weekends in my former job as it meant one less day putting up with the environment and one less day of peddling crappy investment products to people who had no need for them. Now that we run our own business it is little to get excited about as deadlines don’t care about a holiday. First world problems I know. 🙂
Anywho, if you’ve never read the comments section of the major websites, think Yahoo Finance and the like, you really should if you’re in the need of a good laugh. It’s not really all that surprising, but the interwebs certainly can bring out the crazies. Plain and simple.
As some already know, I write for US News & World Report which usually means that my articles get picked up by other sites a good bit of the time. I like it because it’s good for the links and brings me traffic, though I never go and check out the comments (I have much better things to do with my life). 😉
My latest article was on the always controversial topic (no dripping sarcasm there) 😉 of simple ways to eat healthy without breaking your budget and was picked up by Yahoo News. Crazy me thought that was a pretty mundane topic and not one that many could get their panties in a bunch over. Boy was I wrong!
I was tempted to post a few of my favorite comments left, but I decided to leave the craziness where it belongs. That said, one commenter accused me of being wealthy and having “loser” tattooed on my forehead. If I only had $1 for every time I heard that one. 😉
As an aside, I know it can be a challenge for many to eat healthy and do so on a budget. I get that, I really do. However, as with many other things it comes down to choice for so many. I realize there are some that will fall outside of that, but it comes down to personal choice for most. Sure, eating fast food might seem easier, cheaper and more convenient, but that is taking a terribly short term view of things. Once that view is changed to one that is looking past today then it can become easier.
Other First World Problems
Mrs. Frugal Rules and I recently bought new couches for our family room, actually during the weekend of the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting as it scored us about 20% off and it helped us with our credit card churning. Double bonus!
The new couches are being delivered today and one of the things we had to do prior was getting rid of some junk in our basement as they’re a little bigger than our previous couches. As my lovely wife stated in the middle of this cleaning…err, expunging of crap… it just felt like one giant shell game of moving stuff to other places in the house so we could have more room in the basement.
First world problem I know, but it gave me the kick in the pants I needed to motivate me to decrapify the house as much as possible. Our garage looks like something exploded in there and it’s high time I take care of it.
We also spent this past weekend starting a new homebrew, a Chocolate Hazelnut Stout. I’m pretty excited to see how it’s going to turn out, though we won’t be able to try it until right before we leave for FinCon so sadly I get to wait. One of the issues was just how much space was being taken up my home brewing equipment and beer. We’ve brewed four times in the past nine months, so it’s starting to add up. Another first world problem, I know, though with me limiting myself to one or two beers a week thanks to us eating healthier this year and it is beginning to add up. So, moral of the story, I need to hold off on the home brewing for awhile even if I do have a willing accomplice…cough cough enabler cough… in my younger brother.
I’ve shared before that we’ll be going to San Diego this summer to see my in-laws. We’ll be gone for nearly three weeks actually as we’ll be driving and taking our time by taking three days on either end for drive time. We’ll be in San Diego itself for about ten or so days. I’ll be working some then, but won’t be around as much. With that in mind, I’m going to need to line up a number of posts to help fill up the days I’ll be gone. So, if you’d like the opportunity to guest post on Frugal Rules just shoot me an email and we can work something out.
I’m also launching a new carnival submission service for those that don’t have the time to submit to carnivals but would still like to make sure their posts are submitted on time. If this is something you’re looking for, just contact me and I can let you know all the details.
Also, I also wanted to mention a cool new site – MagnifyMoney. It’s a start-up that is focused on helping us as consumers understand the fine print many banks and financial institutions have with their products. I spent some time on the site this week and was really impressed by it and encouraged by the wealth of information they’re providing. If that’s not enough to encourage you to check it out, Erin from Broke Millennial is a part of their team so you know it’s good. 🙂
Well, that’s it folks. I apologize for the aimless rambling, but we all have those kind of weeks. 🙂 Plus, I’ve been busy trying to rub off the giant “loser” I have tattooed on my forehead most of the week. 😉
Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? What kind of first world problems are you currently having?
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