Be Prepared – Backup your Wallet

While spending the day with my family at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon water park a few years ago, my bag which contained my wallet was stolen.  I learned a few lessons that day:  first, spend the few dollars on the locker, and second, Disney is THE PLACE to have your wallet stolen (I'll explain the later in another post). [more] From the time the bag was taken, to when I noticed it, was not more than 45 minutes.  So with the help of Disney security and the Orange County Sheriffs Office I was able to file a police report and call to cancel all of my cards in rather short order (or so I thought). The Disney personnel did everything they could to help me figure out phone numbers to all of the credit cards that I had in my wallet, that I remembered, but in the back of my wallet, …keep reading …

$25 Week Challenge – My Plan

The week of September 22-28, the eight executive directors of the Illinois Food Bank Association, participated in a $25 Challenge to illustrate the difficulty in living off of what the average person on Food Stamps receives from the system.  You can read about their struggles at http://25challenge.blogspot.com/. After reading about it, I decided to see if I could design a meal plan to stay under the $25 cap.  Since I couldn't convince Jennifer to try it for real, this will just be a exercise on paper. [more] So tonight, I did a quick walk through in the local Dollar Tree, just to illustrate how I would do this. Personal Experience During my "dark days" in the early 1990s, this $25 challenge was more than a challenge, it was a reality.  It was a daily struggle to find a dinner that would cost less than a dollar or two.  There were …keep reading …