Rant Alert: What Riles You Up?!

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Happy Tuesday everyone! It has been a crazy couple of weeks in the Frugal Rules home and I completely spaced on writing a post for today. In light of that, I looked back at the archives and saw that I’ve not had a good rant lately, so to bring a little levity to your usual Tuesday reading, I thought that I would share some of the things that get me riled up and make me wonder what on earth some people are thinking or why some things are done a certain way. Please also keep in mind that many of these are said somewhat tongue in cheek. So, like George’s father airing his grievances for Festivus, let’s get on with the show.


Why, when you’re in a crowded place, do people completely space seeing a double freaking stroller being pushed? I mean, it’s the size of a Subaru people, how ON EARTH can you miss it? Oh yeah, me nicking your heel after you nearly took out my 3 year-old is just me telling you to start paying attention…and I saw that glare of annoyance you shot at me.

Why some people insist on going through the self check-out lane at the grocery store with a cart and a half of crap – can’t they read? Worse yet, why do the checkers allow them to come through? It really should not take 20 minutes to buy a bag of flour because you have 50 frozen dinners to check out.

In late spring in the Midwest, why on earth do the local stations insist on taking up half the screen with warnings about the weather, isn’t the streamer at the bottom of the screen enough?! (I know, first world problems.)

Why our three year-old races out of the bathtub butt naked to run around the house and stand in front of the big bay window in our living room? This really does not rile me up to be fair, just more so makes me shake my head and hope that someone from child protective services isn’t driving by our house.

How difficult can it be to park in a parking spot? It’s two big yellow (I might give you a pass on the white ones) lines that demarcate where you are to put your vehicle. Is it REALLY that difficult to put your car between them? If you’re that blind then I hope you do not drive that way!

If you’re looking to buy a house, don’t buy a corner lot. We made that mistake and people seem to think it means we’re the neighborhood dump. I mean, seriously people, you couldn’t wait the two blocks to your house to unload that lovely BK bag in my front yard?

Back on the topic of having a corner lot, why is it that we’re a magnet for every lawn care, security system, and food delivery truck salesperson known to man? I know that we may be easier to get to, but don’t you have a list that shows how many times we have shot your company down and why on earth can’t you take no for an answer when I say that I am not interested as we’re in the middle of dinner? I guess the big “No Soliciting” sign is too difficult to read and is there for merely decorative purposes.

Why on earth does our 16 month-old insist that his head is a weapon to be used at any and all times? Again, not a complaint, more of an occupational hazard, but that thing can do some serious damage. He nearly broke my nose a few months ago, Lol!

If you’re going to tail me on the highway and then pass me at least have the decency to go faster than I am. I know that driving can be a bit monotonous, especially on long road trips, but I am in no mood for the pass and slow down game. It’s called cruise control and if you don’t have it, learn how to not fluctuate your speed by 25 mph at the drop of a hat.

I like to multitask with the best of them, you can even ask Mrs. Frugal Rules that as she hates it when I multitask while we’re trying to have a conversation. But, must you really talk on your cell phone while on the can? I know time is short, but for the love of Pete, I really don’t care to listen to your conversation while I am doing my business.

I am a straight shooter.  I say what I mean and I mean what I say. Life is too short for games and I can’t stand it when I feel like someone is playing games with me. If you have something to say to me, just say it. Don’t blow smoke up my skirt. ( I haven’t worn one since college anyway…and that is a VERY different story for a different day) 😉

This last one is for the lovely Mrs. Frugal Rules…when is she going to learn that our five year-old has no concept of time? I know that having her bestie (I NEVER thought I’d be using bestie on Frugal Rules by the way) over for a sleepover is fun and exciting, but do I REALLY want to hear about it nonstop every day for the next three weeks?


Ok guys, I turn it over to you. What riles you up or what just downright ticks you off?


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  • Debt Blag says:

    Oh my. I imagine that you would hate being stuck behind someone as they *parallel* parked then πŸ™‚

  • DC @ Young Adult Money says:

    Haha my parents have a corner lot but they never dealt with being the neighborhood dumping ground. I want to see pics of this! I have dealt with the self check out lane where the person is EXTREMELY SLOW even though they have only like 10 items or so. It’s a miracle it can take a minute per item. Once they were done I checked out about the same amount in under a minute or two.

    • John says:

      Yea, we’re constantly getting crap thrown in our yard and it’s even worse because it’s a school bus stop.

  • Margaret Polino Nicholas says:

    I hate calling a business and not getting a human!

    • John says:

      UGGHHHH I HATE that too! What’s worse is when the automated system can’t recognize what on earth you’re saying.

  • Jon @ MoneySmartGuides says:

    You touched on my biggest pet peeve – the self checkout line at the grocery store. I always get stuck behind the person that decides to buy 12 carts full of produce and has to look up all of the codes! On top of that, they double check the price to verify it rang up correctly and then contemplate if they really do need it before grabbing the next item in their cart. I have to stop now as I am hitting each key harder and harder as I get more angry just typing this haha!!

  • Greg@ClubThrifty says:

    Yep. Cruise control is pretty much my pet peeve. Learn how to use it people. It is 2013!!!!

  • Jordann @ My Alternate Life says:

    My big pet peeve is people who drive on windy country roads (no passing option) at 20-30km below the speed limit, on a sunny day with no inclement weather. I really can’t think of a reason why this would be necessary except that they don’t have anywhere to be and don’t give a damn that they’re holding up traffic.

  • KC @ genxfinance says:

    I hate lining up behind someone at a grocery store and their credit card payment won’t go through even though it was swiped several times already. It always takes forever. And someone who doesn’t know how to use the dim light of their car at the opposite lane when you pass through at night.

    • John says:

      Oh, I hate that credit card thing too…it’s not working for a reason and we don’t have ll day to figure it out.

  • Matt Becker says:

    Haha, we have a guy in our office building with an Escalade pickup, and every single day he parks diagonally across two spaces. We have plenty of parking, so it doesn’t cause any problems, it’s just so goddamn arrogant!

    • John says:

      We had a guy at my last job do that…what kind of idiot does that?! I say, go park at the end of the lot and take up your space there.

  • Mr. 1500 says:

    OMG, the 3 year old racing out of the bathtub to stand in front of the window is hilarious!!!

    Speaking of trash in the yard, I can’t stand it when people let their dog crap in ours and then leave it. If I can figure out whose dog it was, I promptly return the dog logs to their rightful owner’s house; sometimes flinging them through the air. Hope they don’t land on your car! Oh wait, I hope they do!

    • John says:

      It can be, though I get a little more nervous everyday.

      I hate the dog crap too. We have a big bay window in our living room and I’ll just stand there and stare sometimes as the person has their dog do their business. It’s funny how some people react to it. πŸ˜‰

      • Mr. 1500 says:

        You should tape a picture of 3 year old shorts to your window just at the right height. That way, when he stands there, it will look like he is clothed to the outsider!

        I don’t know what it is with kids, but our 3 and 6 year olds both hate wearing clothes. I joke with my wife that we need to move to the arctic so that they would appreciate clothing.

        • John says:

          Lol, that’s an idea! Though, I fear Mrs. Frugal Rules would set me straight. πŸ˜‰

          Our little ones hate wearing clothes too , it’s just one of those stages I guess.

  • Grayson @ Debt Roundup says:

    Beautiful Rant John. I agree with many of these. We were talking about the self-checkout the other day and I was talking about the same thing. Irritating. My house is not on the corner, but people still love to throw their crap in my yard. What in the hell did I do to you?

  • Kim@Eyesonthedollar says:

    If you think it would be really cool to live on a golf course, think again. My parents lived by one since I was 13. Our neighbors lived next to the green and had golf balls through their windows and carts driving in the yard. My parents lived near the tee, and about one out of three parties would stop, unzip, and pee in full view of our windows.

    You’d also be surprised at how many people text and answer multiple phone calls during an eye exam, like literally during the part when I’m asking if it’s better at 1 or 2!

    • John says:

      Wow, I do not even know where to start with that one Kim. I think I’d be arrested if I lived there for assault! πŸ˜‰

  • E.M. says:

    I agree with all of your driving peeves and the self-checkout. Grocery stores and driving usually leave me the most stressed/frustrated. I hate shopping on the weekends when it’s super crowded. People will just leave their carts in the middle of an aisle, and not realize they are blocking the entire aisle, ever. Or they just meander around slowly.

    As for driving, I can’t stand when people are in the left lane and go the speed limit/below. That’s not what it’s there for. Similarly, when people tail me, pass, and then go slowly, OR when they cut me off and proceed to go slowly just annoys me. Ugh! I don’t have a long commute at all, but I am always surprised by the amount of stupidity I can witness in a 15 minute window on the road.

    • John says:

      Oh, I HATE it when people block the entire aisle! I want to ask them if they want them to close the store so just they can do all their shopping in private.

  • Jake @ Common Cents Wealth says:

    Haha, these are great. I hate the people who don’t use cruise control on the highway as well. One thing that riles me up is when people are late (and always late). If you know you’re always late then plan to be 30 mijnutes early, that way you’ll probably end up being on time. It’s just disrespectful to everyone else.

  • AverageJoe says:

    I can’t stand it when the moron with the monster stroller stops right in front of me. Hey!

    Actually, it’s funny. I don’t enjoy shopping on the weekend or at night. Luckily, being self employed, I can go at 9 am when it’s empty. In and out, baby!

    • John says:

      I know, I hate that too! That’s much of the reason why I’ll pull off to the side in many places so we can be out of the way for most.

  • Michelle says:

    Haha love this post. Horrible drivers and inconsiderate people rile me up everyday.

  • Brian @ Luke1428 says:

    I live in the South and for the most part love it. Something I had to get used to when I moved here is how some drivers break basic driving rules to be courteous. For example, I’m about to make a left hand turn, across traffic, into my subdivision. A car is coming in front of me to turn into the same subdivision. So naturally, according to law, I have to wait for them to pull in first before I make my turn. What do they do? They slow down, stop and waive me in ahead of them instead of just making the turn. Look people…I can wait a few seconds for you to follow basic traffic laws! You’re desire to be courteous is going to cause a traffic accident! Thanks for letting me air my grievances John. πŸ™‚

    • John says:

      I don’t think that’s restricted to the South Brian as we see it all the time here too. Can it really be THAT difficult to follow simple traffic laws?!

  • anna says:

    Oh my gosh, I loved this! It’s nice to know the things that peeve people because I couldn’t agree more. I don’t think talking while in the bathroom is ever acceptable, and I hate when you turn your blinker to move over to a lane, how the car then speeds up! Grrr!

  • Cat Alford (@BudgetBlonde) says:

    John, since you and I are besties, I humbly request that you should share the skirt story in your next post. πŸ˜‰

  • #Broke Millennial says:

    I don’t drive much anymore but I do take the subway everyday and PEOPLE NEED TO LEARN HOW TO RIDE THE RAILS!!!!!!!! I could do a whole post about basic subway etiquette.

  • Jules@Fat Guy,Skinny Wallet says:

    What a great entertaining post! I am sure I could list a million, but most of the ones u listed drive me crazy!

  • pauline says:

    I hate people who make me lose my time by not going straight to the point. I had a store credit this morning and went to ask if they had Apple headphones. The guy asked “what iPhone do you have?” I asked again if he had Apple headphones. He said no, they don’t sell any Apple products. SO WHY IS THE IPHONE MODEL RELEVANT??? He just stared blankly at me when I asked.

  • Nick @ says:

    Your comment about people talking on the phone in the bathroom reminded me of a major pet peeve. Why do so many people at my office insist on talking to me when I’m at the urinal? Please let me do my business in peace!

  • Midlife Finance says:

    Self checkout line is fine if you have a ton of stuff and know how to do it. There aren’t any limit right?
    Man our kid is so dangerous now. He is bruising us with his elbows, knees, head. It’s liking living with an MMA fighter.

    • John says:

      Lol at the MMA fighter, ours is the same way.

      All the stores in our area have a limit and have seen that in other areas, so my guess is that there usually is a limit.

  • Sean @ One Smart Dollar says:

    I hate people who go through self checkout with a cart full of groceries. I am going to remember that you used the word bestie πŸ™‚

  • Brick By Brick Investing | Marvin says:

    Love the rant piece. Reminds me of Peter Griffin’s “You know what really grinds my gears!?”

  • Shannon @ The Heavy Purse says:

    Last Christmas I was at the store for a just few items. Very busy so I went to the express lane – 10 items or less. I’m not really paying attention until the lady in front of me starts unloading her cart. It’s overflowing with boxes of candy canes and other stuff. The cashier tells her it’s the express than proceeds to check her out. Come on! Tell her it’s the express lane and politely tell her and 50 boxes of candy canes to go to a regular lane. ACK!

  • Chris @ Stumble Forward says:

    Great article John. I have a lot of the same pet peeves especially the Walmart one. I also agree with the kids thinking it’s great to run around the house naked when it’s bath time. I have no idea what possess them to them to do this.

    • John says:

      Thanks Chris! I agree, I have no idea what is running through their minds other than they know they should not be doing it.

  • Mike@WeOnlyDoThisOnce says:

    Hmm, I’ve never considered that in looking for a home–thanks for the insight! Maybe a “no dumping” sign would help.

  • Alexa says:

    I have a Chevy Equinox and normally parking is not a prob lol, but I borrowed a friends Silverado last week so I could pick up a piece of furniture and I couldn’t park between the yellow lines or parallel park. Sorry lol not used to big vehicles.

    • John says:

      Lol, that’s ok Alexa…I’ll let it pass this time. πŸ˜‰ I am not a fan of driving large vehicles largely for that very reason.

  • Troy says:

    I absolutely hate it when someone rushes his car ahead of mine when we’re at a stop sign. Pisses me off…

  • Laurie @thefrugalfarmer says:

    John, you’ve GOT to get yourself a better “evil glare” than the others. That’s how you win that game. Works for me every time. I get the evil glare, and then I give it back (when deserved) twice as bad. Once you start winning the evil glare challenges, no one messes with you or your stroller anymore. πŸ™‚ And LOL about talking on the phone when you’re in the bathroom. I worked at a financial phone center for a few years, and my buddy got a guy who was on the can – AGAIN. He lost it and gave him a festivus-style rant – it was great!

    • John says:

      Ha ha Laurie, yes those evil glares are good to get down. I usually get a nasty one from Nicole though when I give them out. πŸ˜‰ Oh, I HATED talking to people on the phone while they we’re on the can. Multitasking is good…to a point!

  • Daisy @ Prairie Eco Thrifter says:

    Hahah just reading some of these things make me want to rage. I hate supermarkets and grocery stores and everything in between. People forget all of their manners, and common sense when put into one of them.

  • Untemplater says:

    I had to laugh about the parking space and the grocery store self checkout. I’m not the best parker, but I’ll keep readjusting until I get in between the lines.

    • John says:

      I am the same way Sydney. It drives my wife nuts sometimes, and I know I am a bit neurotic about it…but it just drives me crazy to see people not park right. So, I have to practice what I preach. πŸ˜‰

  • Budget & the Beach says:

    I go crazy when I’m in the car and friends can’t park. LIke they have to turn the car like 10 times to get it right. WTF…it’s not that hard! πŸ™‚

  • Funny about Money says:

    LOL! I think those passing drivers DO have their cruise control on. You’re going, say, 65 mph. Their cruise control is set for 62 mph. They see you ahead of them and can’t bear to have anyone in front of them, so they lay the lead foot on the gas pedal, charge around you, and then relax and take their idiot foot off the gas. Voila!

    The truth is, though, that all the morons of the world’s highways and byways are connected genetically to a gigantic radar network. Whenever you or I get into our cars, that radar alerts them that we’re on the road, and they all race out the door, jump in their cars, and get in front of us, behind us, and beside us.


    • John says:

      Ha ha! I love it! The thing is though I am usually going at least 10 mph over the limit…I know, not good – but why pass me then drive like you’re driving Miss Daisy?! πŸ˜‰

  • thepotatohead says:

    What really irks me is when I’m at the grocery store, and the person in front of me A) doesn’t have their lose produce already bagged and the price label printed- That is what the scales and printer in the produce section is for, use it! Don’t hold up the line while the cashier has to track down codes for 15 types of tomatoes. It also irks me when B) the person at the grocery store in front of me “forgets one thing” and then proceeds to take 5 minutes tracking down said item….The fun meter is about pegged when that happens. I try to do my shopping late at night to avoid these things…I generally try to avoid saturday and sunday mid day shopping as if its the plague.

  • Maggie@SquarPennies says:

    Just a little rant. I get aggravated when a relative drools all over items she can’t afford and goes on and on about how much she wishes she could buy it. And I do mean, she goes on and on. She can’t afford it because she’s blown so much money on other things she doesn’t need. AND she expects her relatives to have pity on her & buy it for her. Some do, but I won’t. I have given her money when she was in real need, but then she went out & bought antiques with it. OK, taking a deep breath now. Rant over.

    • John says:

      I’ve seen that before as well Maggie and can be more that just a little frustrating. Glad you feel better. πŸ™‚

  • says:

    I hate it when you are stuck in traffic and some drivers think they are more important than other ones and try to cut in line. They need to wait in the gridlock just like everyone else is doing.

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