Plenty of information on living cheap & green on the World Wide Web this week. Here are a few of the highlights:
Got a car with a cigarette lighter? Got a phone that can play MP3s and has ‘Net access? Got a Radio Shack? Then someone has come up with a pretty cool way you can bring Internet radio to your car — for a small investment (reportedly under $50).
If all has gone well, by the time you read this we are getting home from a camping trip this week. We picked camping for a less-expensive vacation getaway, giving us a chance to enjoy our beautiful state of Colorado.
Meanwhile, here are a few good links from last week …
It’s time for the weekly wrap-up of things around the Web. However, the Web this week has been bursting with news about the deaths of Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson. So, in honor of those 1970s/1980s icons, I’m rolling back to an old-school wrap-up of information found in the printed publications that have been piling up on my desk.
Dealbusters: How much does it cost to make your own frugal, homemade, instant oatmeal?
The more we talk about brewing, the more it seems that half of our friends have a carboy fermenting in their basement. Do you?
Make my own deodorant? The post sounded like the mysterious substance — made wholly from safe-for-the-kitchen, even edible, ingredients — was easy to create and might even work. To the kitchen!
Just about three and a half months ago, I published a lengthy post on the way I’ve been making bread, using a melding of techniques from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day and no-knead recipes. Since that time, I’ve kept on baking, and I wondered if you have, too.
A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to receive a review copy of the new book compilation by the writers of the Wise Bread blog. It’s called 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget.
When a drain stops draining like it’s supposed to, the un-natural among us haul out the Drano. But there IS a better, cheaper and more natural way to get the lead (or lead-like sludge) out of a drain.
This morning’s newspaper delivery brought an interesting little article about urban homesteading in The Denver Post, titled “Green (1/8th) Acres sprout in the city.” With its “urban Gothic” photo, it caught my eye, and even more so when I realized that the female member of the profiled couple is in my knitting/spinning group. (She noted that the reporter didn’t write about her knitting, spinning and sewing her own clothes, all just as worthy of the “homestead” title as growing your own food.)
My post from last week on chick-a-rrones is part of today’s Make It From Scratch Carnival, hosted by It’s Frugal Being Green. The posts in the carnival go beyond food to include just about anything you can make, so click over to share some great ideas!
It’s one of those days already — the classic Monday. I have a pile of work assignments and a big ol’ dentist appointment for Mlle. Cheap this afternoon, but I also have spotted several great deals just begging to be shared. If you don’t already follow me on Twitter (@CheapLikeMe), you might not know that while I sometimes post deals here, I prefer to use posts to provide more info and sometimes just quickly tweet great deals on Twitter. If you’re interested in catching all of those, go over there and follow me, plus some of the great Twitterers out there.
This week has been a busy one, and I can’t believe it’s already Friday! We are looking ahead to a fun weekend. I’m headed out for dinner and drinks with some friends I haven’t seen in ages (one just moved back to town), and Mlle. Cheap will be singing her heart out in a choir concert on Saturday afternoon. Plus, despite my garden protestations, we’ll be visiting the garden center to put a few plants in the ground, weather permitting. Meanwhile, here are some links to take you into the weekend.
After Colorado had a dry winter, then a very warm January and February, then a snowy March and April, I think we might be able to say it’s actually spring. This wrap-up comes to you after a day of 83-degree temperatures, squirrels marauding at the bird feeder and a cherry tree in bloom.
On Sunday afternoon, Mr. Cheap and I spent about 3 1/2 hours replacing five door locks. At the time, I wouldn’t have said I was glad I was doing it — rather, I was yearning to sit down with a cup of tea, maybe veg out with my spinning wheel and some TV or a good book; perhaps even take a nap.
But by Sunday night, I was glad I had done it, and here’s why.
The debacle started on Saturday ….
The Scavengers whom I wrote about yesterday appear to be gardening partly organically, but not completely. At our house, we stick with the organic stuff, which is cheap or free ….
Gardening season is getting underway around the United States — from those in the South getting summer plants rolling, to those in the North finally able to stick a shovel in the ground. But with President Obama promoting “victory gardens” where Americans grow some of their own food (to promote thrift, food safety and a do-it-yourself ethic), it’s all too easy to join many other “green” trends where “green” refers to environmentally friendly solutions, but also to laying out a lot of money for something people used to just do.
We’ve been looking for a coffee table for two years. $20 brought one home last week.
I was proud of myself today — I spent about 30 minutes to fix my old laser printer that has been sitting unused since November.
Sometime last fall, the printer made a loud crunching noise that signaled its retirement from pulling in paper. No paper equals no printing.
The matter wasn’t too urgent, as I had just purchased a new scanner/copier/fax all-in-one that also could print. But I hated to give up on my old printer for several reasons … and much as I didn’t want to discard the printer, I also didn’t want to pay someone $100 or more to come fix it.