Weekly Roundup: Exploding Oven Edition


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I would not believe it if I hadn’t been standing there next to the oven on Monday evening. My wife had just put in a new dish to bake and we were so looking forward to trying it.  Suddenly, we heard a horrible sound from the oven.  We spun around and were shocked to find the inside glass panel on our wall oven had shattered into a million pieces, spraying glass all over the inside of the oven.  I’ve since read that both glass panels can shatter, and we are lucky this didn’t happen because the flying glass at least would have caused a serious mess throughout the kitchen, and at worst could have hurt my wife or kids.  We cleaned up the mess and had to toss the chicken dish.  Another great reason for having a solid emergency fund!

The Roundup

101 Dirt Cheap Ways to Enjoy Yourself.  Proof that you don’t need a lot of money to have a good time!  @marc and angel

Undermining Your Frugality.  What good is being frugal for a long period of time if you only blow money on something frivolous later?  I’ve struggled with this myself at times.  I’ll scrimp and save five dollars here, ten dollars there, and then blow twenty dollars on a book I could have checked out at the library.  @the simple dollar

10 Reasons to Finish Your Degree Online.  I finished my degree online, and my only regret was that I didn’t start my degree online.  It makes for a much more flexible schedule, especially for us “non-traditional” students with full time jobs and a family.  Look for my own post on my online education experience next week.  @the wisdom journal

12 Tips to Prepare Your Finances for Vacation.  A great list of things to consider before hitting the road.  Often times we worry over our packing list, or our itinerary, and forget the financial responsibilities we’re leaving behind.  @my dollar plan

Save the Planet, Save Cash:  25 Best Ways to Green Your Green.  I really enjoyed this one as a “Frugal Dad” who also cares about the environment!  @ecosalon

7 Benefits of Imperfection.  Simple Mom was vacationing this week, but I caught this great post at her blog.  As the author states, being imperfect helps us show our children that they don’t have to be perfect either–a very powerful lesson.  @small notebook via simple mom

The Fine Art of Saying “No.”  It’s hard to say no.  It’s hard to tell yourself no, and it is hard to tell others no.  This post does a nice job of identifying why uttering those two little letters is so difficult, and provides some ideas on how to make it easier.  @my super-charged life

21 Ways to Make Your Blog or Website Sticky.  If you run your own blog, or are considering starting one up, this is a must-read.  I’ve implemented a few of these great ideas, but still have some work to do.  @problogger

The Dirty Secrets of Debt Reduction (and What to Do About Them).  Some of the best posts from personal finance bloggers are ones that tell the story of their triumph over debt.  This is a great post from J.D. sharing the story of how he beat debt.  @get rich slowly

Some lively discussions are happening over at Frugal Dad Forums.  Won’t you join us?


  1. Tikes…that is scary. Glad that you and therest of the family were not hurt…but good that you had the emergency fund on hand. Great links this week!

  2. Thank goodness nobody was hurt. My husband and I are on a journey to being debt free and a friend suggested your blog to me. I really enjoy reading it! It’s especially interesting to me to see a man’s point of view.

  3. YIKES! I have never heard of this happening, exploding glass oven panels. As a kid, when my mom baked cookies, I used to sit in front of the oven watching the dough rise. I can imagine many children do this in sweet anticipation of cookie goodness. I’m so happy to hear your family is safe from flying glass. Emergency funds are replaceable…loved ones are not. Bless.

  4. Luckily, we’ve never run into oven problems. But you’re right that we should be prepared financially for one anyway.

    And thanks for your great comments about Monster Storytime. I love to hear when Dads get in on the story fun, especially with the voices. Dads just seem to do those better than Moms!

  5. One night I was sitting watching TV and drinking beer in my tiny, disgusting, white trash apartment. And I heard humongous crash of shattering glass one evening. I figured one of my white trash neighbors was breaking into my apartment to steal something. No problem, ends up that I always have a broken bottle of Lone Star Light in accessible reach in order to defend against intruders, so I went to hunt them down.

    Ends up my computer desk top made of glass suddenly shattered, spontaneously, sending many thousands of pieces of glass all over the floor, not to mention all of my computer equipment.

    I don’t put A/C (don’t believe in it) so it always 110 or 120 degrees inside. I think heat causes glass to shatter. I kept finding shards of glass years later.

    Con cuidado, amigo …