Thrifty is Nifty

As a VIP bachelor, you are no doubt concerned with how your personal appearance defines you as a man of taste (if not wealth), and how your living quarters demonstrate your style and appreciation of comfort.

What you don’t need to be concerned with in either case, is the “need” for new, nor the rationality of paying retail—when you can do better.

Enter through the thrift shop. Where used doesn’t have to mean abused, and items you purchase don’t have to be considered a “rescue.”

But you have to be particular where you go thrift shopping.  You want to go to those shops located in or near the wealthier areas.  The one percent throws out or donates all kinds of furniture and clothing goodies.  Now it’s your turn to give them a good home.

I have scored tons of designer ties for a couple of bucks a piece, and some great leather furniture and other choice upholstered items on the cheap.  Look great, cost a fraction of new.

While you are out hunting, lookin’ for a come up, here is some music to thrift by:

The money you save will be your own.  Until next time, thrift on!

What’s Cooking?

When you can combine food dollar savings with savory food with little preparation effort, you have come upon the formula for VIP bachelor culinary happiness.  The equation for this formula is the slow cooker, or often times referred to by one of the brand names as the “crock pot.”

Using the slow cooker can be as simple as “set it and forget it,” but for meals involving meats, you are often going to have to brown the meats prior to putting them in the pot.  (Newer slow cookers feature the ability to brown meat with the same cooker.)

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Here’s one I use

It is convenient to throw the evening’s dinner in the slow cooker prior to leaving for work in the morning, (or whatever it is you do to occupy your daytime), and then coming home to a meal that is not only already cooked for you, but quite often retains and marries the various flavors of the ingredients better than would other methods of cooking.

Plus clean up is simple and quick. (Especially if you spray the cooking pot with a cooking spray, or wipe it with cooking oil, prior to placing the ingredients inside–which you pretty much should do every time).

Slow cooker recipes abound for free on the internet.  Try here

Bon appetit bachelor!

Line Dancing

One of the benefits of being a VIP, (bachelor or otherwise) is you don’t have to wait in long lines with the rest of the civilians.

Now this is a subject we will visit frequently, with specific methods, but in general, the VIP bachelor must arrange his errands and his entertainment so that he does not wait in line, or if he must, he doesn’t do it for long, and he does it in comfort.

Dealing with the DMV?  Much of what you need can be done online, in front of your home or office computer.  Always check your local DMV website to see if what you need to do can be done electronically.

Getting up there in years and signing up for social security or Medicare Don’t wait in line, do it online.  Click on the above linked text.

Traveling?  Want to wait less than five minutes in line when dealing with the TSA geniuses?  Sign up for TSA Pre Check.  According to TSA, in November 2016, 96% of the passengers with Pre Check waited less than five minutes.

Are you traveling internationally and want to spend less time in immigration and custom lines?  Go Global Entry for expedited clearance at the airports.  Here is where you start the process of being approved:  Global Entry

Now for those times you must spend time in line, instead of uncomfortably standing, why not sit it out like a VIP.  Use a portable folding seat.

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That’s it for this installment.  There will be more line dancing postings in the future. Wait for them, but not in line.

Thank Yourself for Your Service

One of the benefits of being a VIP, is you get benefits that others don’t.

If you are a VIP bachelor (or anyone else) who served honorably in our nation’s military, there are many benefits available to you.

For a brochure outlining these benefits:

http://www.benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/benefits-summary/SummaryofVABenefitsFlyer.pdf

Want to take advantage of your educational benefits as a veteran? Here is a brochure:

http://www.benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/benefits-summary/SummaryofVAEducationBenefits.pdf

Interested in VA mortgages? Go here for a summary of benefits:

http://www.benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/factsheets/homeloans/VA_Guaranteed_Home_Loans.pdf

Useful information and forms you need to take advantage of your benefits can be found here:

http://www.benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/Applying.asp

See you next time.

Manifesto for the Man

It has often been said that a bachelor is a man who never made the same mistake once.

True that.  When statistics point to 50 percent or so of married couples ending their days together in divorce court; when recent surveys show that 70% of American men between the ages of 20-34 aren’t married, there is an obvious lesson here to be learned.

Don’t marry, be happy.

This blog is not about how to find your soul mate.  It isn’t about being a pick up artist.  There are plenty of other places to go for that sort of nonsense.

VIP BACHELOR CLUB  is about how to thrive, not just survive in the wonderful free world of bachelorhood.  It is about methods and materials to get VIP treatment from others, and equally important, how to treat yourself like a VIP.

So let’s descend from the mountain of fire, and provide to the gentle readers the stone tablets bearing the

Ten Commandments for VIP BACHELORS

ONE. THOU ART THE LORD OF THY LIFE, THOU SHALT NOT MARRY.

TWO. REMEMBER THE WEEKEND, AND KEEP IT FUN.

THREE.  THOU SHALT NOT WAIT IN LINE.

FOUR.  THOU SHALT NOT DINE ON THE OFFAL SERVED IN INFERIOR ESTABLISHMENTS, NOR SUFFER STUFFY WAITERS.

FIVE.  THOU SHALT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF DISCOUNTS AND DEALS.

SIX.  THOU SHALT SEEK OUT VIP TREATMENT IN THY WORLD, AND SHAKE THE DUST FROM YOUR FEET AT ALL PLACES WHICH DO NOT TREAT YOU PROPERLY.

SEVEN. THOU SHALT DRESS LIKE YOU ARE THE LEADER OF THE TRIBE, NOT AN UNDER ASSISTANT GOATHERD.

EIGHT. THOU SHALT TAKE NO DUNG FROM DAMSELS, AND AVOID THOSE WHO ARE IN DISTRESS, AS THOU WOULDST AVOID THE PLAGUE.

NINE.  THOU SHALT FURTHER THY EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE TO KEEP THY LIFE INTERESTING.

TEN.  THOU SHALT ACQUIRE POSSESSIONS THAT IMPROVE THY LIFE.

And sure, you can date all you want, just don’t wind up in front of a clergyman or justice of the peace, and say stupid life ruining words like “I do.”

Because when you say “I do,” it means “You’re Done!”