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 jobย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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). ๐Ÿ˜‰

My latest article was on the always controversial topic (no dripping sarcasm there) ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 foodย 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 forย FinConย 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.

Other News

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 justย shoot me an emailย 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, justย contact meย and I can let you know all the details.

Also, I also wanted to mention a cool new site – MagnifyMoney.ย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, that’s it folks. I apologize for the aimless rambling, but we all have those kind of weeks. ๐Ÿ™‚ Plus, I’ve been busy trying to rub off the giant “loser” I have tattooed on my forehead most of the week. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? What kind of first world problems are you currently having?


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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.


  • That’s hilarious that you managed to rile up the crazies with such a benign topic! Yes, good luck getting the big loser sign off your forehead…

  • Dave Lalonde says:

    I was having a conversation with someone the other day, and she was relatively upset that she upgraded to the iPhone 5s a couple months ago and then there was a recent announcement of the iPhone 6. I just found that to be so funny because either way, you’re still privileged enough to have a smart phone!

  • I’m always amazed that people use the “wealthy” argument to defend their poor health habits. Eating junk food, smoking, etc., is WAY more spendy than eating healthy and going for a walk. Just another way to justify bad behavior. And I swear Yahoo has a group of commenters whose sole goal in life is to tear others down. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • John says:

      I am as well Laurie. I think so many times they just don’t to give up their habit and would rather shift blame to someone else.

  • I love the term “decrapify” and I am going to steal it. We go through that process at least once a year in our home. We actually had a period of time where we moved every year or two, so it was a natural process. Now that we have our permanent home, we “pretend” like we are moving every year and decrapify. And I love reading the comments on major sites, they are so ridiculous and far fetched. Good for you for taking a long vacation, although, the second you mentioned the car trip to San Diego, my mind played the theme music for National Lampoon’s Vacation, Holiday Road!! Hopefully they won’t close Wally World on you.

    • John says:

      Lol, steal away! ๐Ÿ™‚ I know, they are ridiculous. I just laugh when the topic isn’t political at all and the comments sections turns into a rail fest against one party or another. I hope they don’t either, though I do think I’ll be taking a bottle of Jack with me to stay sane while driving 1500 miles in a car with our three little ones. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • I love the crazy comments on DailyFinance (which I’m sure you’re starting to experience too). After being offended on the first few articles, I realized that you just have to laugh! Maybe bring some of those home brews to FinCon and it will make the comments even funnier ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for mentioning MagnifyMoney, I’m so glad you loved the site!

    • John says:

      I know, they’re so crazy…especially the ones that throw politics into the discussion when the article had nothing to do with it.

      Not a problem, glad to do so. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I was just reading some nasty comments on Yahoo about my advice this AM too ๐Ÿ™‚ I try to remember that I’m the one being published on Yahoo and they’re the ones trolling the comments.

  • I’m jealous of your Berkshire discount! NFM is soooo fun on that weekend! I didn’t get to go this year. ๐Ÿ™

    Next year for sure!

    • John says:

      Sorry you didn’t get a chance to make it this year. We actually do our shopping before the weekend so we don’t have to deal with the crazy madhouse. They hold your order and then place it once the discount period begins.

  • I know what you mean about the clutter. It can easily get out of hand. Now that we have a house it can grow even more. We just did our first “decrapify” in our shed. It looks so good now. I want to keep it that way so I plan on doing that every year.

    • John says:

      That it can Raquel! It just seems like it adds up when you’re not even trying to do that at all. Then you throw having kids into the mix and it gets even worse.

  • Hey John, I too write for the USNews blog and I love the comments that I find on Yahoo! They do provide a good chuckle indeed! Hey, did you know that US has a relationship with Yahoo and all of our Frugal tips and investing posts end up being syndicated to Yahoo? It’s pretty neat how all of that works!

    • John says:

      I agree, it helps if you’re in need of a laugh. Yep, that’s a pretty sweet arrangement and I’m glad to take advantage of it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • The only time I ever read comments on those “big” sites is if I am looking for a laugh. I’m glad you don’t waste your time reading (or agonizing) over those comments. Some I know are sharing their honest opinions but many just want to be jerks because they can. I know nothing about brewing beer but it sounds like a fascinating hobby, and Chocolate Hazelnut Stout sounds delicious. A big family road trip sounds like fun and okay, a little scary too! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great weekend!

    • John says:

      I agree Shannon, most are simply be jerks and tear others down. The web provides a veil of anonymity that far too many like to take advantage of. Yea, we’re looking forward to it though sure it’ll be on the nutty side as well.

  • Blog comments on bigger websites have always been ridiculous. When I was a political blogger I got some VERY angry comments because of my views. This weekend we are going to a friend’s pool party and besides that nothing solid planned. I guess I do have some work to do in the third bedroom and some lawn care to do.

    • John says:

      I bet you did DC. The crazy thing is that people are just going to read in to an article whatever they want and then waste time by leaving ridiculous comments.

  • My fun plans for this weekend is to go water rafting and zipline. We really planned it since it is the last weekend for summer vacation because this Monday is the back to school day.

  • Congrats on your article being picked up by Yahoo Finance. That’s pretty cool. People are nutty. I have read some of the comments on some of those types of sites before when my friends have been featured and they are just trolls. Who has the time for that?!

  • Hey John… we started our garage cleaning last weekend. It’s going to be a lengthy process, because now we’ve moved back to the garden, trying to get some weeds under control and some seeding underway. Then there was the pool to open. Plus my son is home for a visit this weekend. Not enough hours in the weekend to do everything I want to get done! I’m not sure that home ownership is all that it’s cracked up to be. Anyhoo, glad your new couches got you motivated. It usually works that way. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Many Yahoo comments are really ridiculous…it somehow turns into a political argument and insults are flung regarding the president…even when it is an unrelated topic. I’m actually kind of curious as to what they could possibly say about eat healthy. As much as the comments are so silly…it’s like a train wreck, I can’t look away and can’t help but read them sometimes.

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