The Friday gathering: Ban bump keys edition
Ever heard of a bump key? If not, you need to. A bump key is a normal house key that fits your lock but has a special series of cuts. If you put the key in the lock and tap it with a screwdriver while turning then the lock will open. Basically, the tap on the key bumps the pins in the lock exposing a split second when everything lines up and the lock will open. Bump keys work on deadbolt and doorknob locks. They are cheap and easy to obtain. They literally cost just a few dollars on the internet. They are so simple to use even children can master this new break-in technique.
Rob, a good friend of mine has started a web-site that promotes not only awareness of bump keys and the threat they provide to our homes, but also has an online petition that will be sent to U.S. Legislators in hopes to put laws in place banning on controlling the availability of bump keys.
My loyal readers know as well I would never guide you to something I didn’t use or endorse personally. Rob is a straight up guy that in my opinion is doing something critically important to the safety and well-being of our homes.
You might want to sit down before you read this…I actually remembered to participate in a few blog carnivals this week! Now that you’ve recovered, let me share with you the carnivals I was in and which articles were included:
- Jesse from You Need a Budget hosted the 163rd edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance and included my article, Personal Finance Kata
- Richard from Student Scrooge hosted the 136th edition of the Festival of Frugality and placed my article, that is 100+ MPG on a Scooter on the honor roll!
- Stephanie from Stop the Ride hosted the Carnival of Money Stories #70. My article, Our Wii has changed our lives is under W for Wii
- Last but not least, Ana from DebtFree-Revolution was host of the 150th edition of the Carnival of Debt Reduction and included my article Somebody is Watching You
Thanks to all of the hosts for doing such a great job! Having been a host before, I know how much work it can be!
- Class Warfare and The Simple Dollar – Trent responds to a reader’s comment. The reader has a very common victim mentality. Check out the comments for some pretty “heated” discussion.
- financial goals, and living your life anyway – Great advice. Love the last sentence: “Keep your eyes on your goal, but allow other good things into your peripheral vision.“
- Following The Rule Of 10% Is Easy And The Savings Add Up. – A simple but powerful rule
- Reader’s Question: Financial Priorities And A Windfall – Pinyo includes a number of personal finance blogger replies to a reader question.
- My Homemade Tub Cleaner…In Action! – Lynnae from Being Frugal records a video showing how she cleans her tub with homemade tub cleaner!
- Dreamkillers – Dreamkillers might not be dream killers but people who love and want to protect you
- Don’t Be a Self-Righteous Frugalist – Good stuff.
- Lower Your Household Cleaning Costs by 2000%! – In typical fashion, CleverDude provides an an almost too descriptive, but get your attention write up on how dirty your carpet might really be…yuck!
- Should You Look For A New Job? - Jim provides some really good insight on when it may or may not be time to find a new job.
- How Much Money Is Your Time Really Worth? – I found this article very interesting and determining how much your time is worth isn’t as easy as people seem to make it.
- Getting out of Debt (Part 1): It’s not about you - Dead on accurate article. Getting out of debt isn’t just about you.
- How Credit Card Companies Apply Your Payments – Very interesting read on how those scum bag credit card companies apply your payments.
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