ng the school year, but it is another good reason to send the kids to summer school. You could also join your local school board and make a push for year-round schools. Don't use this ruse if your kids have grown up and moved away. If you don't have kids, you may want to consider having some. With all their expense, it is easy to dole out a few extra nondescript monetary outlays.
Plan your major purchases as close to payday as possible. Write those checks before the bills are paid. Only the last checks in each pay cycle will bounce. It looks a lot better for you if the check to the phone company bounces. Imagine the repercussions if the bank announces that your check for a new set of springs was the culprit.
Married men have difficulty grasping the concept of "Checkbook Radar." There is a magic dollar amount above which you will get in trouble. Generally, you can write all the $30 checks you'd like. If you write a $50 check or two, you'll have some 'splaining to do. As an example, consider a sale on shocks down at MegaBucks 4WD. At $25 each, when you buy three, you get the fourth one for free. A single man would think, "Wow, for only $75 I can get a set of four shocks." The married man knows that is nothing but trouble. No point in sleeping on the couch over this one. Buy four separate shocks over a period of several weeks even though it costs $25 more. The checkbook ledger will only show a check to the kids' school, one to the paperboy, one more for gas, and another for some groceries.
If she wises up to that, you'll have to set the stage for the old "Working on the Brakes" ploy. While driving around in the Jeep, head towards a long downgrade. While chatting with your soul mate, casually mention that you were thinking about doing some brake work soon. At the instant you start descending the hill, get very quiet and pretend to pump the brakes a few times while the speed picks up. (Note: Make sure your brakes are actually working fir