Chet Collins

On track to have all of my tax docs in hand by the 31st. This is so uncommon. Perhaps this will be an easy filing season.

Book Review: Smart Money, Smart Kids 📚

This book has been in my reading queue for some time. Now that my kids are getting old enough to start absorbing some of the lesson around money, I thought it was a good time to dive in.

If you’re a Dave Ramsey fan, or have followed his work to any degree, there are huge chunks of this book that you can skip. Like most of the other books, if you’ve read The Total Money Makeover or have gone through Financial Peace University, there’s little new information. That’s frustrating, but hey, points for consistency.

Of the 250 pages or so, I got good or new information out of about 150 pages. There were plenty of practical tips, most of which shared through their experience. It was the way that they raised their kids and several times through the book, I found their techniques to be a bit weird. The intention was not to share the definitive way to parent, but rather, to show a way that appears to have yielded good results. Like any other book, productivity system, or whatever, I’ll harvest the good parts and leave the rest.

Coming away from the book, I feel confident in the contours of how to teach my children to use money. I just wish I didn’t have that hangover feeling from hearing so much of the same information again.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

ISBN: 9781937077631

I love when we’re the only ones here.

Episode 52: Another Zoo Adventure

We’re wrapping up breakfast and getting ready to enjoy the nice weather at the zoo.

I wish that all credit bureaus were as easy to interact with as Innovis.

Instapot Fail

“Must have Instapot,”

They all said. Well, I got one.

Not good slow cooker.

Finished reading: Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money by Dave Ramsey & Rachel Cruze 📚

Ribs and homemade BBQ sauce on the menu for dinner. Not a good idea to try to pull this off on cleaning day!


The moon rises large,

The kids love it! “Hi Luna!”

Enjoy the view, folks!

Grilling burgers for dinner. Reminds me of winter camping with the Scouts growing up.

Baking muffins from scratch in the kitchen on a cold winter’s Sunday morning. Love watching the sun coming up through the kitchen windows, listening to Olafur Arnalds, all while the family sleeps.

Reading by the Fire

Kids in bed, work done.

Artic wind outside, fire on.

A nice place to read.

I’m really pleased with Lose it!

The start to any great meal.

Clean Couches

Called Stanley Steemer,

They came right over and cleaned.

Pretty impressive.

BuzzFeed News has a long way to go.

I’m not sure why you’d go to print on a story that’s sourced through anonymous sources with no one on the record.

Find Me at Me

Look me up on (blank),

Sorry, I’m not there. I quit.

Find me on my site.

Find me on:

  • Google
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  • LinkedIn

Apple has really slacked off when it comes to special events activity badges.

That’s the last time I whip eggs whites by hand.

Goodbye, Google.

The majesty of the Christmas tree is dramatically reduced when it’s cut in half, waiting at the curb for disposal. 🎄

Today is the day that I quit Google.

Annual Eye Exam

Went to get eyes checked,

Better one or two? Or three?

Didn’t matter. Same.

© 2019 Chet J. Collins