Weekly Roundup: The UN-BROKE Edition

This Friday night, May 29 at 9:00pm ET, ABC will air a special titled Unbroke: What You Need to Know about Money.  The hour-long program will feature a number of celebrities including The Jonas Brothers, Will Smith, Samuel L. Jackson, and even the talking E*Trade Babies.

The Fab Five

Building a Compost Bin. I’ve largely skipped the gardening season this year, and unless I work up a late summer/early fall garden this year may be a total wash.  Still, manufacturing some sort of compost bin is on my to-do list, and this is an excellent resource on the subject.   (@ Gather Little by Little)

I Survived – But Just Barely.  This post from Ron was an instant classic!  He runs down a diverse list of things he’s “survived” over the years, despite dire predictions from the media.  (@ The Wisdom Journal)

50 Bad Money Habits That Will Leave You Eating Alpo for Dinner.  Often times it is the examples of what not to do that make the strongest impression.  That’s the case with this incredible resource of things not to do to experience financial success.  (@ My Super-Charged Life)

Some Thoughts on Angel Food Ministries.  I’m including this one because, like many of you, I have long been interested in Angel Food Ministries. Trent provides an objective look at the service, and shares a few of the highlights, and low-lights, of their organization.  (@ The Simple Dollar)

The Best of the Rest

Site of the Week

KidsBowlFree.com.  Hat tip to Frugal Dad reader Jasie who introduced us to this site earlier in the week. According to the site you can receive up to two free games of bowling each day during the summer for your kids, and you have the opportunity to pay a one-time fee for a “family pass” which allows up to four family members (including adults) to bowl a couple games each day as well.

Unfortunately, our local bowling center was not listed as a participant, but if your local lanes are participating this could be a frugal way to get the kids out of the house for a few hours during the summer.


  1. I saw a commerical about Unbroke on TV last night. I thought, “Wow, you wouldn’t have seen this on a couple of years ago!” I wonder if Visa and Mastercard are the major sponsors? 🙂

  2. The ABC special is pointless. It appeared to me that unaffected celebrities or, B-list celebrities being publicized as “A-List” ones, are trying to relate to the majority of the population that do NOT live in the bubble of Hollywood. I’ll seek financial advice..or “tips” through more legitimate sources.

  3. I love the first thing you said – When you say No….mean it.

    That’s where the rubber meets the road in my book. I’ve noticed that when we stick to our guns with our ten year old (not an easy thing to do) it works out better….for her.

    Unfortunately, the sad truth is that we’ve been beaten up by our eldest two daughters and that leaves us easy prey for our youngest.

    Your post will help my wife and I buck up. Thanks.