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Bachelor on the Cheap: George brand men's pants provides an excellent, inexpensive, business casual look

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

George PantsI've got the George brand men's flat-front wrinkle-resistant pants in my closet.   It's a go-to in my wardrobe, they are designed for a classic fit, they're comfortable and I bought them at Walmart.   Made with cotton blended twill, they are fade resistant, easy to maintain and they last a long time, as in the threading doesn't fall apart after a couple washes like some of those discount clothes tend to do.  The George pants line also includes a pleated front design, come in a wide range of colors and includes Big & Tall sizes. 

Prices are in the $12 - $15 a pair range, depending on your selection.  That's Bachelor on the Cheap friendly!

For social gatherings or business casual, the George line of pants are a great addition to a well-rounded wardrobe! 

George pants get 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars

4 stars

For more Bachelor on the Cheap product/service reviews and more, go to www.bacheloronthecheap.com


Big Country Seeds - Tiffin

Big Country SeedsEastern Iowa's leader for ALL your Ag and Turf seed! Specializing in seed, we offer turf seeds, seed corn and soybeans. We offer our customers several different services, including grain marketing, cash and carry chemicals, and distribution of ice melt and lawn fertilizer. We offer expertise in athletic field renovation and maintenance. From grading to seeding to fertilizing, Big Country Seeds partners with some of the most successful high school athletic programs in Eastern Iowa.

Big Country Seeds is easy to get to. We are 1/4 mile south of I-80 at the Tiffin exit. Go west on Greenfield Drive to 1050. We look forward to seeing you!

Located at 1050 S. Greenfield Dr. in Tiffin, IA at I-80 Exit 237.

Phone: 319-545-4500

via www.bigcountryseeds.com


Paul's Discount Iowa City Weekly Update: January 31, 2018

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Book Review: Lone Wolf Canyon by S.C. Sherman

Lone Wolf CanyonA great writer can paint you a picture with the words he puts to paper and S.C. Sherman does just that with this modern day western.   The story of Lance "Ham" Hamilton making a promise to his military buddy and traveling out West to fulfill it is a captivating must read!  ~ Mike Thayer

Lance “Ham” Hamilton thought he’d said goodbye to his dangerous life as an Army Ranger—no roadside bombs, nobody shooting at you. Little does he know that the violence of the Middle East is waiting for him in America.

Lone Wolf Canyon in paperback


A Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge: Eating Fast Food Value Meals for a Week on a $50 Budget, Day 4, Dinner

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

Can you eat nothing but fast food value meals for a week on just $50?

That's a budget of just $7.14 a day.

Are there enough restaurants out there offering value meals that will fit in the budget? Will there be enough variety? Will I stay full enough, no snacking required?

I say I can stay under budget and eat well to boot.

20180126_160222It's Day 4 and dinner time

As much as I've tried to avoid defaulting back to a restaurant I've already ordered from in this challenge, I have no other choice for tonight's dinner.

I resorted to having a McDonald's Cheeseburger on the $1 value menu.

Although McDonald's is NOT on my Top 10 list of fast food joints, I'll give them this, I'm finding them to have the best deals. 

The cheeseburger, while ordinary, did the trick of satisfying my hunger....  For now.  Will I find the need to snack later tonight?  After all, all I had was a cheeseburger....

Meal total for the day:  

Breakfast:  $2.53 

Lunch:  $3.75

Dinner:  $1.08

Cumulative total for the Challenge:

Day 1:  $7.29

Day 2:  $6.44

Day 3:  $7.27

Day 4:  $7.36

I went over budget by 15 cents on Day 1.  I was under budget by 55 cents on Day 2.  I went over budget by 13 cents on Day 3.   I had a 27 cent surplus going into today, went over budget by 22 cents, leaving me with a 5 cent surplus.

Grand Total:  $28.36 completing Day 4

The nice thing about this challenge - No dish washing required!  Bonus!

20180126_160321And then there's bonus #2:  A growing surplus of napkins!

Bonus #3:  The opportunity to rack up on condiment packets.....  You knew that was coming, right?  What bachelor does NOT have condiment packets in his fridge?  I've racked up ketchup, mustard, mayo, salt, pepper, ranch dressing, buffalo sauce and honey!

Read more about this challenge at www.bacheloronthecheap.com


Shopping for a new place to get a haircut? Check out Fantastic Sam's - Bachelor on the Cheap

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

I got another great haircut at Fantastic Sam's today!  I've been getting my hair cut at Fantastic Sam's since discovering them in early 2016. I've never received a bad hair cut there, the customer service has always been excellent, the store is clean, the conversation fun and the price is right!

With that in mind, I've done some online price shopping for some contrast/comparison:

  • Fantastic Sam's - $10.95
  • Lady Janes - $14
  • Snip & Clip - $14.95
  • Great Clips - $15
  • MasterCuts - $15.95
  • Supercuts - $16
  • Sport Clips - $19

Thank you Fantastic Sam's!

via www.bacheloronthecheap.com


A Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge: Eating Fast Food Value Meals for a Week on a $50 Budget, Day 4, Lunch

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

Can you eat nothing but fast food value meals for a week on just $50?

That's a budget of just $7.14 a day.

Are there enough restaurants out there offering value meals that will fit in the budget? Will there be enough variety? Will I stay full enough, no snacking required?

I say I can stay under budget and eat well to boot.

20180126_122253It's Day 4 and a hot dog for lunch

It's been awhile since I've eaten at Sonic.  With their pull-into-a-stall, carhop-delivers-to-your-vehicle approach, Sonic is a fair weather restaurant.  They do have a menu with a lot of variety however, featuring something to please just about anyone.

I ordered the chili cheese coney dog for $1.99, but when the attendant said, "That will be $3.75,"  I quickly looked back at the menu and realized she had rung me up for a foot long instead of a regular.  I chalked it up to that intercom system and high winds, so instead of correcting the order I just went with it, challenging myself to make it work within the daily budget.  And who can pass up a foot long hot dog, right?

20180126_122406The dog was delivered before I could turn the volume back up on the radio, that foot long topped with melty cheese, chili and a soft bun to embrace it all.  It hit the spot but did leave me with just 87 cents to spend for dinner.  "What the heck am I going to get with that?"  I asked myself.  Good thing I have that 27 cent surplus giving me a whopping $1.14 to eat with.  Can you say, "Hello McDonald's dollar menu?"  Not what I was going for, but it is what it is....

At any rate, I'm satisfyingly full unlike yesterday with the skimpy breakfast and lunch.

Meal total for the day:  

Breakfast:  $2.53 

Lunch:  $3.75

Cumulative total for the Challenge:

Day 1:  $7.29

Day 2:  $6.44

Day 3:  $7.27

Day 4:  $6.28 (Breakfast & Lunch)

I went over budget by 15 cents on Day 1.  I was under budget by 55 cents on Day 2.  I went over budget by 13 cents on Day 3.   

Grand Total:  $29.81 into Day 4, with dinner to go

The nice thing about this challenge - No dish washing required!  Bonus!

And then there's bonus #2:  A growing surplus of napkins!

Bonus #3:  The opportunity to rack up on condiment packets.....  You knew that was coming, right?  What bachelor does NOT have condiment packets in his fridge?  

Read more about this challenge at www.bacheloronthecheap.com


A Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge: Eating Fast Food Value Meals for a Week on a $50 Budget, Day 4, breakfast

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

Can you eat nothing but fast food value meals for a week on just $50?

That's a budget of just $7.14 a day.

Are there enough restaurants out there offering value meals that will fit in the budget? Will there be enough variety? Will I stay full enough, no snacking required?

I say I can stay under budget and eat well to boot.

20180126_094816It's Day 4 and chicken for breakfast

Trying to avoid going to the same restaurants just to stay in budget, I headed over to Chick-fil-A today for breakfast.  I've never eaten at Chick-fil-A for breakfast, because chicken is outside of my comfort zone for the first meal of the day, I'm just not a fan.   But I've never had Chick-fil-A's version of chicken and breakfast so I walk in with an open mind.  Remember, I'm doing this in the name of food research.... 

I ordered the chicken biscuit, which is Chick-fil-A's signature pressure fried chicken breast, served on a buttermilk biscuit.  The chicken was cooked perfectly, seasoned well and the buttermilk biscuit was awesome, flaky on the inside with that ever-so-slightly crisp outside edge.  I topped the chicken with a bit of buffalo sauce and honey.  It was an excellent sandwich, Chick-fil-a may just have changed my mind when it comes to having chicken for breakfast! 

The sandwich cost me $2.53, leaving me $4.61 for lunch and dinner if I stick to the $7.14 a day budget.  That 27 cent surplus I built from previous days of the challenge may get spent today.

Meal total for the day:  

Breakfast:  $2.53 

Cumulative total for the Challenge:

Day 1:  $7.29

Day 2:  $6.44

Day 3:  $7.27

Day 4:  $2.53 (Breakfast)

I went over budget by 15 cents on Day 1.  I was under budget by 55 cents on Day 2.  I went over budget by 13 cents on Day 3, leaving me a surplus of 27 cents. 

20180126_094847Grand Total:  $23.53 into Day 4, with lunch and dinner to go

The nice thing about this challenge - No dish washing required!  Bonus!

And then there's bonus #2:  A growing surplus of napkins!

Bonus #3:  The opportunity to rack up on condiment packets.....  You knew that was coming, right?  What bachelor does NOT have condiment packets in his fridge?  

Read more about this challenge at www.bacheloronthecheap.com


A Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge: Eating Fast Food Value Meals for a Week on a $50 Budget, Day 3, Dinner

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

Can you eat nothing but fast food value meals for a week on just $50?

That's a budget of just $7.14 a day.

Are there enough restaurants out there offering value meals that will fit in the budget? Will there be enough variety? Will I stay full enough, no snacking required?

I say I can stay under budget and eat well to boot.

It's Day 3 and time for dinner

20180125_171316I'm famished for the second time today and am second guessing the notion of trying to spend just $7.14 daily on fast food value meals for a week.  I only had a cinnamon/raisin biscuit from Hardees for breakfast and a Wendy's Garden Salad for lunch.  For the second time today, I'm experiencing "I need a snack" trouble.    Did I snack?  Find out at the end of this challenge.

I had an Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich from Dairy Queen for dinner.

It was delicious!  The fish was perfectly prepared, a crispy fillet topped with fresh green leaf lettuce and tartar sauce, served on a toasted bun.  You get the crunch from the fried fish, the tart from the sauce, that bite balanced with refreshing lettuce and all of it blanketed in that soft bun.

It's a totally satisfying sandwich!  Nicely done DQ!  It's a repeat buy!

The sandwich cost me $3.97, that pushed me 13 cents over the daily allotted $7.14 budget, but I had an overall surplus of 40 cents coming into today so I'm still in good shape.  My cushion is now down to an extra 27 cents to spend heading into tomorrow.  Don't spend all of that in one place, right?

Meal total for the day:  

Breakfast:  $1.27

Lunch:  $2.03

Dinner:  $3.97

Cumulative total for the Challenge:

Day 1:  $7.29

Day 2:  $6.44

Day 3:  $7.27

I went over budget by 15 cents on Day 1.  I was was under budget by 55 cents on Day 2.  I went over budget by 13 cents on Day 3. 

Grand Total:  $21.00 at the end of Day 3

The nice thing about this challenge - No dish washing required!  Bonus!

And then there's bonus #2:  A growing surplus of napkins!

Bonus #3:  The opportunity to rack up on condiment packets.....  You knew that was coming, right?  What bachelor does NOT have condiment packets in his fridge? 

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Read more about this challenge at www.bacheloronthecheap.com

 


A Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge: Eating Fast Food Value Meals for a Week on a $50 Budget, Day 3, Lunch

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

Can you eat nothing but fast food value meals for a week on just $50?

That's a budget of just $7.14 a day.

Are there enough restaurants out there offering value meals that will fit in the budget? Will there be enough variety? Will I stay full enough, no snacking required?

I say I can stay under budget and eat well to boot.

20180125_140734It's Day 3, lunch time! 

I'm starving, I only had a cinnamon/raisin biscuit from Hardees for breakfast.  As I mentioned in that write-up, this challenge is already getting tougher, looking for value meals that sound good, without busting that $7.14 a day budget, or defaulting to the same restaurants and then there's the for the second-day-in-a-row between breakfast and lunch, experiencing "I need a snack" trouble.    

I went with a garden salad from Wendy's for lunch.

It's nothing spectacular, small and I could probably have built a bigger salad on my own for less but it is tasty and has served to quell the hunger pangs for now.  The mixed greens are fresh (no brown edges like you sometimes see at fast food joints or buffets), there's some shredded cheese, tomato, a bit of onion...  Served with ranch dressing and croutons, I'm feeling full, for now....  But will I be hungry again in a few hours?  Will dinner time come early?  Stay tuned....

This meal cost me $2.03, leaving me $3.84 for dinner.

Meal total for the day:  

Breakfast:  $1.27

Lunch:  $2.03

Cumulative total for the Challenge:

Day 1:  $7.29

Day 2:  $6.44

Day 3:  $3.30 (Breakfast & Lunch) 

I went over budget by 15 cents on Day 1, but was under budget by 55 cents on Day 2 and with today's purchasing savvy I am well under budget so far for the day and the challenge.

Grand Total:  $17.03 on Day 3 with dinner to go. 

The nice thing about this challenge - No dish washing required!  Bonus!

And then there's bonus #2:  A growing surplus of napkins!

Bonus #3:  The opportunity to rack up on condiment packets.....  You knew that was coming, right?  What bachelor does NOT have condiment packets in his fridge?

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