Category Archives: Stewardship

Entitlement Should Not Be a Thing

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Today is Free Comic Book Day.  So, I took two of my kiddos to the comic book store.  By the way, if you’re reading this on May 2, there is still time to get to your shop and take advantage of this really cool offer (at least one free comic book and usually great deals on other stuff).  Back to my story.  So, I was at the comic shop and I was super excited to know that there was a Captain Canuck as well as a Doctor Who comic in the freebie list.  I was walking around and looking at the books, both free and non, and then I heard something irritating.

Ugh!  Your free wi-fi signal is too slow.  This is really bad.

I thought to myself, “This is a public commercial property.  They are under no obligation to provide you ANY wi-fi, and you are complaining about the speed?  Don’t you have a smartphone in your hand…the kind that requires a data plan?”

This woman and her husband walked past the cool cosplayers in their hand made outfits (really good job, folks!) to the rack containing the selection of free comics.  The owner explained the rules to a group of us who had walked in.  Everyone gets a free comic just for breathing and being inside the store.  If you purchase $4 of merchandise, you get one of each of the free titles.  That means 50 comic books for $4.  Can you guess where this story is going?

Ugh!  That is ridiculous.  You mean they are not all free?  I have never had to pay for any of the comics on free comic book day.  The other stores don’t make you pay to get more than one [Yes, they do].  We have done this for years and they never made us pay.  Are you serious?

Hulk……anger……rising………Must……not……smash……larynx.

The more I listened to the lame rant of this lying “customer” the more I suspected that she was likely going to each of the area comic stores to get additional copies of the comics for resale later.  That made me a little angry, but I also thought to myself, “Wifi Lady just has to pluck down $4 (buy the new Iron Fist) and she gets 50 COMIC BOOKS FOR FREE!  So if she goes to the 3 local stores that I know of, for a mere $12, she can walk out with 153 COMIC BOOKS.  Greed much, lady?”

After that rant, the lady and her companions took their one free book each and departed.  Guess $4 was too much to pay for 51 comics.  I just consulted my calculator.  That comes down to 7.8 cents per comic!   Guess what we did.  We bought some comics.  In fact, my son bought 3 books anyway and got one for his sister.  So we left with 53 books that my kids (after I filter the stack) can share.  I also learned that Q from STNG will be coming to the Memphis Con in November.

There is a disease in this country (possibly others, but I only really know about ‘murica) called entitlement.  Here, that means that men, women, and children are being taught that they are owed something for which they themselves did not work, toil, or prepare.  They merely want it and expect someone else to provide it.  Entitlement is closely related to greed, sloth, gluttony, and consumerism.  All are disordered and sinful.  They fail to take into account the feelings or work of another in order that they may mindlessly consume, in this case, comic books.  The disease of entitlement runs rampant in America.  In fact, in some areas of our country, entitlement is used as a means to build a dependent class of society, a voting block that has been indoctrinated to believe that apart from the government’s hand they can do nothing.  Entitlement unchecked grows like a cancer.  It fuels illogical resentment and creates enemies out of everyone.

What can we do to stop this?

It starts at home, and by “home” I mean wherever you happen to be.  You can be at Wal-Mart, your house, your office, or the ballpark.  Start with yourself and your own attitude towards goods and services.  Know and appreciate the things you have and the means by which they arrived at your disposal.  Refuse to abuse goods and services.  Say THANK YOU.  Don’t be a butt to persons.  In fact, be a good tipper and a courteous customer.  Teach your kids the value of goods, services and the virtues of a hard day’s work.  Be a good example of hard work to your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers, and especially your family.  We can do this.

Don’t be like the wifi lady.  Be better than that.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I think I’m going to write a note of thanks to the owners of my local comic shop.

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Tactical Catholic Podcast Episode 022: The Gambler

I couldnt resist laying out the words of the great Kenny Rogers in my preparation for tonight’s podcast:

On a warm summer’s evenin
 On a train bound for nowhere
 I met up with the gambler
 We were both too tired to sleep
 So we took turns a-starin’
 Out the window at the darkness
 The boredom overtook us, he began to speak

 He said, “Son, I’ve made a life
 Out of readin’ people’s faces
 Knowin’ what the cards were
 By the way they held their eyes
 So if you don’t mind me sayin’
 I can see you’re out of aces
 For a taste of your whiskey
 I’ll give you some advice”

 So I handed him my bottle
 And he drank down my last swallow
 Then he bummed a cigarette
 And asked me for a light
 And the night got deathly quiet
 And his faced lost all expression
 He said, “If you’re gonna play the game, boy
 You gotta learn to play it right

 You’ve got to know when to hold ’em
 Know when to fold ’em
 Know when to walk away
 Know when to run
 You never count your money
 When you’re sittin’ at the table
 There’ll be time enough for countin’
 When the dealin’s done

 Every gambler knows
 That the secret to survivin’
 Is knowin’ what to throw away
 And knowin’ what to keep
 ‘Cause every hand’s a winner
 And every hand’s a loser
 And the best that you can hope for
 Is to die in your sleep”

 And when he finished speakin’
 He turned back toward the window
 Crushed out his cigarette
 And faded off to sleep
 And somewhere in the darkness
 The gambler he broke even
 And in his final words
 I found an ace that I could keep….

You tell em, Kenny. I am excited for.this week’s show. 22 episodes in the bag so we are gonna take a chance and play the ponies.

Join us tonight and talk gambling, sports wagering, march madness, Pete Rose, stocks, gas station sushi, and other gambles. http://www.fiatministrynetwork.tv 

 

Tuesday Feels Like Monday

Sometimes a Tuesday feels like a Monday.

If that is you today, my friend, hang in there and stick to doing what you gotta do. Do your work well today and so honor our Lord.

Tactical Catholic Podcast Episode 008: Saving Money Like a Boss

Join us tonight at 9pm central for a special TUESDAY edition of the Tactical Catholic Podcast.

In Episode 008, we will discuss how you can save money and spend smarter without becoming an extreme cheapskate. I’ll tell you how to coupon, save, and spend like a manly Catholic should, and I’ll show you how to do it without looking like a crazy person.

 

Plenty of ways to interact tonight:

  • #tacticalcatholic to tweet live on the show
  • Call in via our Skype super secret hotline
  • Chat on Chatwing

Short Term Food Storage

Remember when we talked about preparations in Episode 005? Well, y’all need to pop over to my friend, Dale’s site. He has written a fantastic article about short term food storage.

http://survivalistprepper.net/short-term-food-storage-downloadable/

Go now.

Is a $15 Minimum Wage the Answer?

I don’t believe increasing minimum pay for entry level non-skilled labor is the answer. I also don’t believe in wealth redistribution, communism, or unmitigated capitalism. I am a big believer in freedom of opportunity and freedom of consequence. At the same time, I think the people, not the government nor at the government’s command, have a great responsibility to help their fellow man.

We are going to discuss this issue tonight on the show. I hope you will tune in at 9pm central and join the conversation.

Catholic Couponing: Multiple Stores

Catholic couponing, like a Catholic biscuit, is done much the same as the rest of couponing and secular biscuits, but I contend that ours taste better!

I hate making multiple grocery stops, but I have found that to get the best deals it is an unavoidable reality.

Stores know we hate multiple stops. That is why super wal mart and super targets, meijer, etc exist. The problem is that they use this to keep max profits. Need an example?

I love aldi and I get much of my food there, but if I want toiletries, I have to go to kroger. Why? Prices on those items are greater at aldi for most toiletries, even toilet paper, which you kinda need.

So, today I will hit wal mart, kroger, and aldi. I might even hit walgreens because I have some cashback coming and I love sifting through their clearance shelves.

The real keys are research and proximity. Do you know what you need (you had better plan BEFORE you go) and know where the deals are. Then see if they are near enough to be worth it. Look, I normally save between 40-60%, so every dollar saved goes toward savings, emergency fund, crazy money, or gas. I wont spend $5 in gas to save $4.99, but I will drive two blocks to save $5.

Just remember that pennies add up to dollars. This is money in your pocket in exchange for time and effort.

I Have a Coupon for That

All grocery chains account for 4 things to make a profit through grocery sales. Two of them you should understand, and two will save you money. Before you eggheads correct me, I admit there are a bunch of other factors as well, but these four most shoppers do not consider. Satisfied? Moving on. Read the rest of this entry

Review the Tape: Examination of Conscience

If you have ever played sports, you are familiar with reviewing film, especially reviewing your performance. Ever watched the video of your daily life?

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Saving Money Like a Boss #1

Catholic dads, and Catholic men in general, need to be good stewards of the finances entrusted to us. Part of a good budget for families and individuals is a grocery budget.

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