Since Slice spends most of his workday in a truck out in the middle of nowhere, he listens to a lot of radio. Talk radio, mostly.
Do you know how much stuff you can win on the radio? Slice does. He calls in during contests, etc. and wins free Papa Murphy's pizzas, free Taco Bell meals, fire extinguishers, $150 at the local jeweler (redeemed for this) ...
He also started listening to Dave Ramsey a few weeks ago, and as a result, we are financially planning ourselves out of debt and into great wealth. (Ha.)
I joke about it but I'm almost as excited as he is. I'm naturally more of a penny-pincher than Slice anyway. We've been following Richard Paul Evans' advice for over a year, but for some reason, Slice is all fired up about Dave Ramsey's steps. The plan is to pay off all our non-mortgage debt within a few months (we refinanced to a 15-year mortgage loan last year) and start saving a lot more. We're blessed to have an income that exceeds our living expenses - plus a yearly bonus and tax return coming up! - but we know all too well how the world can come crashing down in a matter of minutes. I don't want to go through that ever again.
At the same time, and as a complementary effort, we plan to beef up our food storage and start making more from scratch. I've been feeling like we should do this for a while now. I have my eye on a couple things that will make it much easier, and since I'm looking, does anyone have advice about buying Kitchenaid mixers and/or large crock pots?