Eyes on the Dollar 20/20 Roundup #40-Fires, Fish, and Bloglovin

fish bowlI feel like summer is flying by, even though it isn’t officially here yet. We are in a terrible drought, and there are already several fires burning in Colorado. My heart goes out to those who have lost homes and lives. Some people refused to evacuate and paid the ultimate price. If someone tells me a fire is coming, and I need to get out, you won’t have to tell me twice.  I have a post coming up about how we are trying to conserve water, and it makes me wonder why there has to be a drought before we put our saving measures in place?

The big news of the week is that our six year old has learned to ride her bike without training wheels! That might not seem like such a big deal, but we’ve been waiting years to get to mountain bike as a family, and while we have a bit to go, it’s falling into place. I realized she lacked the motivation to do it on her own, so I had to throw in a bribe. I know she wants a cat more than anything in the world, but I’m not in the market for one of those, so I offered a fish if she could master the bike. I guess we’re fish shopping soon. Are there coupons for that?

Well since Google is killing it’s reader very soon, I guess it’s time to do something else. I’ve signed up  Bloglovin, although I haven’t transferred the blogs that I follow yet. How has everyone’s experience been with it so far? If you do get Eyes on the Dollar in a reader, you can now…

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Stacking Benjamins

If you haven’t checked out Average Joe’s new site, you really should. He did a great post this week with tons of savings tips from other bloggers, including yours truly, called How to Become a Great Saver ( It’s Not as Hard as You think)


Carnival of Financial Independence, 15th Edition at Reach Financial Independence


Budgeting in the Fun Stuff, Fix Em Up Rent Em Out, Monster Piggy Bank,and Life and My Finances

Fun Search Terms

Edward Antrobus gas station. Why on earth did that land here? If Edward has a gas station, I know nothing about it.

emergency room cost one dollar per minute-More like every second!

how much does family emergency room trip cost– I hope that’s not your vacation idea.

how to live part time– What are you going to do with the rest of the time?

princess lea hypnotized- I hope she didn’t do anything stupid!

20/20 Blog Posts of the Week

How to Talk to Your Kids About Family Debt at The Heavy Purse. Hopefully, the family that talks about debt, gets out of debt and stays there.

He Said She Said: On Superstores at Planting Our Pennies. I do get a bit nervous in really big megastores. Maybe I had a bad experience with the free sample lady as a child?

Xanatos Gambit! at Krantcents. Have you heard of it before? My first thought was a foreign saying you’d use after someone sneezes, but I was wrong.

Financial Independence: Do You Have a Plan? at Reach Financial Independence. I sure do and will be sharing it soon.

My Dad Died Happy at Budgeting in the Fun Stuff. Another reason to love reward points!

 Goldfish or Beta?


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Sydney White is a Texas-born stay at home mom who enjoys spending time with her family, bargain hunting and, hiking.


  1. Thanks for the mention, Kim. I appreciate it! 🙂 It’s my hope that family’s that talk about debt do stay out of debt too! Sadly, I know little about fish, minus the fact our kitty would be try to eat it!

    1. I seem to remember having fish at one point, but can’t remember why I got rid of them. I hope it doesn’t come back as “Oh yeah, that’s why I didn’t want these things!”

  2. People who have never seen fire up close and personal think that they might be able to stop it with a garden hose. Those who have know that it will not work and evacuate when told to do so.

    To answer your fish question, I would just by whichever fish is cheaper(I am not much of a fish person).

  3. Good luck with the fish! I bet if you search around on Craigslist you could find a tank setup for pretty cheap. That’s by far the most expensive part. The fish themselves aren’t expensive, but they’ll die pretty quickly if you don’t have a filter system and all that.

    Thanks for the mention, too! =)

  4. Congrats to the little biker! we just got my 3 year old niece a bike with no pedals, apparently they learn balance better and don’t need training wheels after that. Thank you for mentioning Ross’s guest post!

  5. I’m the same as you. You wouldn’t have to ask me twice to leave if my life is on the line. Keeping them all in my thoughts, tragic. That’s great news that she can ride her bike… I remember the day I could it was like I won something really big! Have a great week.

    1. I can actually remember my first time riding a bike as well. I’m not sure if I have a really good memory or if it took a long time to learn.

  6. I liked your technique for encouraging your daughter to learn to ride her bike.

    It struck me that since your daughter wanted a cat and you wanted to give her a fish, why not meet her halfway and get her a catfish?

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