#Tag, You’re it! Confessions from Frugal Rules

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I’ve seen a number of confessional-type posts around the interwebs the last few weeks and thought I’d join in on the fun. To be honest, I am not certain exactly where the original one started. I know that I read one from Johnny over at Johnny Moneyseed as well as Macknenzie over at The Random Path. If I missed someone, please let me know and I’ll link up to you as blog posts sometimes run together in my mind. So, in an effort to get to know you a little better as well as to open myself up to criticism or ridicule here it goes…

1. I absolutely love to do the dishes and clean the bathroom. My Mom (Hi Mom!) always made me do these things when I was growing up and I loathed it. Fast forward way too many years later and I love doing them. I find that it helps me clear my mind and relax all at the same time. Besides, some of my best blog post ideas come to me while I’m washing dishes.

2. I have seen every episode of Seinfeld at least twice. I think I can relate almost anything in life to Seinfeld and can pretty much quote it without thinking.

3. What’s the point of the miniature dachshund? My wife had two when we first got married. I love dogs, but miniature dachshunds are, without a doubt, (in my opinion at least) THE most pointless of dogs known to man.

4. I can do a perfect impersonation of Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler. Thankfully, without all the years of illicit drug use that he has.

5. I stood only mere feet between a Momma Grizzly and her cub during my summer in Alaska after I graduated college. Let’s just say I am happy to have made it out of that jam!

6. I had an unhealthy liking of “professional” wrestling all growing up and even early on in to our marriage. Thankfully Mrs. Frugal Rules broke me of that ridiculousness.

7. I was extremely close to becoming fully fluent in German. I took it for nine years in school and have been there twice. It still bugs me that I did not become fully fluent as it could of opened up a variety of things for me. I do still dream in German from time to time though.

8. I have a very sarcastic and dry humor. It can tend to be a bit much for Mrs. Frugal Rules as she wonders if I am joking or being honest half the time. Unfortunately, as she would say, it looks as if I may be passing it on to our little ones.

9. One of the less advertised realities of self-employment: The kitchen table is my desk

10. I notice, and yes it bothers me, when the tags are facing out on my bathroom towels…just a little OCD I know.

11. Peeps…oh Peeps. I was deathly afraid of them as a wee three year-old boy. I am told it had something to do with their beady little eyes. My Mom still sends me a box of Peeps every year at Easter time. I have passed on my affection of microwaving the Peeps to our little ones. On a side note, some good friends of mine caught wind of this my last year in college. I was gone at a campus meeting one night and they “Peeped” my dorm room. They had stuffed hundreds, yes hundreds of Peeps into every crevice they could find. I was stumbling upon those blasted things for months!


So, you’re it. What are some of your confessions?


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I'm the founder of Frugal Rules, a Dad, husband and veteran of the financial services industry. I'm passionate about helping people learn from my mistakes so that they can enjoy the freedom that comes from living frugally. I'm also a freelance writer, and regularly contribute to GoBankingRates, Investopedia, Lending Tree and more.


  • I still hate doing the dishes. Despise it in fact. I’m so glad I have a dishwasher!
    That is cool that you are fluent in German, even if you’re not quite fully fluent. I wish I had a second language. That is on the “to do” list…

  • Of all the chores around the house, doing dishes is one that I really don’t mind much. Granted I’ve hand-washed thousands of dishes and I now have a dishwasher. I took a lot of spanish in high school and some people in my class started to dream in spanish. I was always jealous because I felt so far from that. Maybe one day??

  • pauline says:

    thanks for sharing! I don’t know peeps but they look good. I was terrified of a flower when I was a kid, because my cousins told me it would burn my hands if I touched it. I think it took me 5 years to wonder if it was a scam and another 10 to go back to the country and try!

    • John says:

      I don’t know that Peeps are good, but they are interesting. Oh, if I had a dollar for every scam I tried pulling over on my brothers I’d be a VERY rich man. 🙂

  • LOL, my kids’ (who’ve inherited my sarcasm talents as well) very favorite line from Seinfeld is “But I don’t wanna be a pirate!”. And they know of and don’t care much for Steven Tyler only from his “performance” of the Star Spangled Banner at the Superbowl the other year. My 7 year old son does a spot-on impression of ST doing the last two lines, which makes us all cringe today just as much as it did back then. 🙂

  • Mrs. 1500 says:

    When I am visiting at your house and use the bathroom, I will absolutely change your toilet paper roll so the paper rolls over the top, rather than coming out from underneath. I also do this in restaurants if they have the house-style roll holder and the roll is on wrong. It’s not you, it’s me. Drives my sister crazy, and she now changes the rolls in my house when she comes to visit. In every bathroom. Multiple times if I catch it and correct it.

    When eating a meal that has several different foods on one plate, the food cannot touch (unless it is Thanksgiving) and I will finish all of one item before moving on to the next item.

    I pour all the M&M’s out of the bag and separate by color, eating the color with the fewest first, then the next fewest, etc.

    I know, OCD.

    • John says:

      Sounds like we have some similar OCD traits Mrs. 1500. 🙂 I am the same way with TP, though not quite as bad with it. It does drive me nuts when people have it come from below. My Mom is the same way with her food. She even has friends that have bought her divider plates for when she comes to visit.

      • Mrs. 1500 says:

        I love the idea of divider plates! What an awesome concept!!!

        (Thank you for correcting the typo in the headline. I had typed in a comment about that, but then deleted, because I didn’t want to seem bossy, which is how many people describe me.)

        • John says:

          Yea, we always poke fun at her over it.

          Yea, sorry for the typo. It was one of those late night posts and my editor (Mrs. Frugal Rules) missed it too.

  • These posts are fun because it’s always nice to get to know John a little bit better. 🙂 I always have to have my shampoo/conditioner/facewash/bodywash/ any bottles in the bathroom or anywhere else facing front so I can see the labels. Only slightly more OCD than you 😉

    Dreaming in German is cool! And I enjoy your sarcastic sense of humor since I may be a wee bit sarcastic myself…

    • John says:

      They are fun ones to write GMD. 🙂 I don’t think the bottle thing is OCD at all, it makes total sense to me. Though, Mrs. Frugal Rules would just say that I was an enabler then. 😉

      I was a bit wigged out at first by dreaming in German, but it’s actually pretty neat.

  • Brian says:

    That’s cool you know so much German. I want top learn more and also brush up on my French.

  • Michelle says:

    Please come over to my house and clean. I would love you forever! 🙂

  • Given your past near-fluency in German, it should be relatively easy to pick it up again. I think you should dive into that again! (:

    • John says:

      I would tend to agree. I know it’s sitting there in the recesses of my mind and would likely just take a jolt to get it active again. Now, I just need to find the time to do it.

  • I love these! My kitchen table is also my desk. I do like cleaning and my blog posts come to me a lot that way too, but I do hate doing the dishes. I think my thing is sweeping the floor and vacuuming.

  • -John, we shared that whacky love for pro wrestling! I had the video games too!
    -I can’t stand peeps…
    -You should definitely start practicing German again if you’re interested. It’s never too late to be great!

  • Mackenzie says:

    Yea, another sarcastic person! We have to stick together John 😉

    I’m a bit OCD myself. The towel thing bugs me too. The tags, they need to be hidden. I can’t deal with the tags! Or wire hangers, but that’s another story 😉

    Not a fan of peeps, though. Bleh…

    • John says:

      Oh, I HATE HATE HATE wire hangers…what’s the point? 😉 My wife will go around just flipping the tags to get under my skin sometimes.

      Yep, I am sarcastic as can be. It makes life so much more fun I think. 😉

  • I used to love some pro wresting as well John. I have a bit of OCD when checking the door locks before I go to bed. I used to check them 9 times, but have finally gotten a hold of that issue and now I only check them twice. Don’t know where it came from, but it irritates me and makes my wife laugh a little.

    • John says:

      Yep, I used to be the same way about the locks to for some odd reason. Now I just check them once or twice and my wife likes to poke fun at me over it.

  • David says:

    John these are hilarious! I also use my kitchen table to work on sometimes. I initially had an issue working from home because I would eat about 17 hours a day.. not exactly the healthiest lifestyle. Regardless, great post!

  • This was quite fun to read! Thanks for sharing all these quirks.

    I’m OCD about which way toilet paper faces. I’ve been known to switch the direction of a roll when visiting friends and family.

    P.S. Roasted Peeps are the only way I’ll eat them! Gotta love caramelized sugar.

  • I wish I had kept ut my German skills. I studied it for 5 years on high scool, and even went to a school trip to Germany, but now, 7 years later I can`t really remember anything than small phrases and words.

    • John says:

      I struggle with the same thing. I took it all throughout middle school, all of high school and my first two years of college. If I hear it being spoke I can generally make out a good bit of it, but get lost when it’s fast.

  • I love these posts! I solve the world’s problems when I exercise, not so much when I do the dishes. 🙂 Of course, these days, the girls are starting to take care of them for me, which I like! I’m German and wish I spoke the language, even if I wasn’t fully fluent!

    • John says:

      Yes, we are looking forward to when our oldest one can start helping with things like that around the house, which is not too far off.

  • I too am a bit sarcastic. It was funny, I was sitting on the couch with my wife watching tv and I picked up my phone and checked out the Show of Hands app. One of the questions was “Are you sarcastic?” Yes or No. I had no idea how to answer that.

    I can’t stand cleaning around the house unless it’s in the kitchen. Of course a lot of that has to do with my wife’s OCD and my organization structure in my mind, or lack thereof. I know where things are even if it’s a mess in her eyes. I’m always coming back home and needing to find something but it’s been moved and it takes me 30 minutes to find it. My wife is funny though. She’s given me things to cut out for her students but always has to go back over my work because my lines aren’t straight enough or I didn’t cut exactly on the line.

    I’m absolutely horrible with remembering birth days including my own. I can usually get the month right but that’s after some serious thinking.

    • John says:

      I can so relate JC! If my wife moves something it takes forever for me to find it and it just goes back to how different we are when it comes to organization. We’re the same way with birthdays and just have to force ourselves to write them down on the calendar.

  • When I was a kid, my mother simply could not get me to do the dishes. Now I’m grown up and married and I do the dishes every day!

  • Number 8 is totally me too! My wife does not enjoy it….

  • anna says:

    I love knowing the eccentricities of people! I’m the same way with tags, whether it be towels, rugs, or pillows. I’ll also tell strangers if their tag is sticking out, that’s how much I dislike them. 🙂

  • Justin says:

    Very interesting John. I’m the same way with Seinfeld and I cannot choose my favorite episode. Mrs. Frugal Path (along with others) also cannot tell if I am joking or being serious, so I suppose that our humor is similar.
    I may have to try a post like this. Thanks for sharing.

    • John says:

      Yea, it’s so hard to choose my favorite Seinfeld episode as there are so many good ones. Though, if a gun were to my head it would most definitely be “The Marine Biologist”…either Season 4 or 5. I would think our sense of humor would be pretty similar, which is what gets me in trouble half the time. 😉

  • There are so many good Seinfelds. My absolute favorite is the one where Jerry doesn’t want to sit by the guy who had a mental breakdown at the movie theater, so he lies about having glasses then has to wear a pair from lost and found that are the worst coke bottles I’ve ever seen. I think mini dachshunds are of more value than Peeps. I’ve always hated those things. Do you also have to have the tags on sheets and blankets facing toward the end of the bed? I can’t stand tags up near my head. Thanks for sharing. That was fun.

    • John says:

      Lol, that was a good one! That was the same one where Jerry was buying the Chinese gum from Lloyd Braun…if I remember correctly.

      Yep, I am the same way with the tags on the sheets/blankets I HATE them being by my face!! Mrs. Frugal Rules gets on my case as I am passing on that little bit of OCD to our kids. 😉

  • I know that feeling. I used to have it too but there’s just something comforting about doing dishes.. 😀

  • I watched every episode of Desperate Housewives.

  • Agree on the sarcasm and the hate for peeps. However anything from the Haribo candy company is an endangered species

  • David says:

    It never occured to me to microwave peeps. I like to drive a stick through them and toast them over a campfire. They’re better than ordinary marshmallows because of how the yellow sugar coating caramelizes.

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