Brands Break Bad: It’s a Quality Flim-Flam or Bait and Switch!

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They can’t even call this crap ice cream any longer.

Is it a Flim-Flam or a Bait and Switch?  It’s both and I’m Fired Up!

It all started when I was eating some Turkey Hill Butter Pecan ice cream last night.  I got to thinking, hey this is pretty good ice cream.  It tasted like the stuff I had as a kid in the 70’s and 80’s.

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Good Eats for Cheap #1 – Artisan Bread and Grilled Turkey

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That’s about 40 cents worth of flour and yeast.  At least 5 bucks at the Whole Paycheck Artisan market

Hey Smidlapper, Learn to Cook.  It’s good for your soul and you bank account.

Do y’all like good food?  That’s a silly and rhetorical question, I know.  I’ll bet some of you even enjoy eating healthy and frugal from time to time.  While we’re not always that frugal at home I think this is useful for someone who is.  I’ll try and give you the proper motivation (like a Marine Corps Drill Sergeant would) to learn to make some simple and dirt cheap dishes at home instead of paying through the nose for them.

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Dogs Can Be Expensive, Pad Your Emergency Fund Accordingly

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We ended up renting this nice guy for 3000 bucks for one year.

It’s a glorious thing to have a dog!

If you’ve been following along here you know the Smidlap Family loves dogs.  We’re partial to boxers, the clowns of the dog world, but we really are fond of all shapes and sizes and breeds.

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Help! I am Pooping My Pants Over Safe Withdrawal Rates!

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My friend owns this bar in New Orleans.  It’s right next to House of Blues.  If you can’t make it there, don’t leave.

Fred, What in the wide-wide world of sports are you talking about?

I was just reading the most excellent Mr. Freaky Frugal’s article on the common fears of retiring early.  I really wanted to add one thing to the list and that is the fear of running out of money due to withdrawing funds at too high a rate. Continue reading “Help! I am Pooping My Pants Over Safe Withdrawal Rates!”

3 Friends and 1 Knucklehead Just Retired Early from Big Brother Corp.

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Here’s hoping the boys have a successful “day in the sun” for retirement.

Hey, Knucklehead, I’ll Miss You Like a Hemorrhoid!

I ought to be the bigger person on this but it’s not in me in this case.  I had to report to this fool on the factory floor for about 6 months a couple of years ago.  You know how some people were never really cut out for management? Continue reading “3 Friends and 1 Knucklehead Just Retired Early from Big Brother Corp.”

Painting Sales and Portfolio Details

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Grand Teton – oil on canvas – Sold!

Update on Mrs. Smidlap’s New and Improved Lightly Scheduled Career

A couple of weeks ago both of my followers showed interest in an article I wrote about the dueling values of purchasing original art versus getting to financial independence as quickly as possible.

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