Category Archives: DIY

October
9 - 2009
August
21 - 2009

Cheap Way To Stream Internet Radio In Your Car

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).

July
3 - 2009
June
26 - 2009

Friday wrap-up: Farrah & Michael tribute edition

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.

June
25 - 2009
June
22 - 2009
June
17 - 2009
June
10 - 2009

How is your bread?

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.

June
8 - 2009
June
3 - 2009
May
26 - 2009

The meaning of modern-day homesteading

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.)

May
19 - 2009
May
18 - 2009

Great deals & freebies this week

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.

May
15 - 2009

Friday wrap-up: ALREADY? edition

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.

May
8 - 2009

Friday Wrap-Up: Spring Edition, cheap meals, frugal tips, onion bags and layoffs

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.

May
7 - 2009

Saving hundreds with new door locks

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 ….

May
6 - 2009
May
5 - 2009

The scavenged garden makes gardening 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.

April
21 - 2009
April
14 - 2009

How To Fix It Yourself – Laser Printer Edition

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.