Welcome to the Broke Nerd Blog!

My passions for content marketing and nerd culture collide with space and money constraints in this consumer blog dedicated to nerds on budgets. It's my platform for promoting the deserving people, places and products I encounter via my hobbies. It has a local KC-metro flavor (as that's where I live) and places a premium on value and experience. In short, I love finding great values in tech, media, games and collectibles; exploring the best thrift stores, pawn shops, swap meets and sales to find them; and documenting it all right here.

The Olathe Public Library Retro Gaming Forum

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The Olathe Public Library (downtown branch) will host a Retro Gaming Forum on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 6:30-8:30 pm, led by yours truly! This month's topic will be the SNES, and will include an original SNES console and a few games to enjoy, and several discussion topics. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite games to show off, and/or a sealed snack to share. The subject matter and conversation will be catered to adults, but all are welcome.

Ford Product Design for Great Christmas Gifts


I just wanted to show off some of the Christmas presents my friend Tracy made for people this year. There's an acrylic LED sign and Christmas tree, a custom remote boat and cutting board, and plenty more! Tracy does a lot of 3D printing and CNC work and if you don't like shopping for presents - like me - he's got a lot of creative ideas that might work for you. Click through the album and check out his Facebook page while you're at it, and let him or me know what creative ideas you might have; he's always interested in trying new things!