Category Archives: Hobbies

30 - 2013

Investing in a Race Horse Without Breaking the Bank

People attending a horse race like the Kentucky Derby often imagine themselves as one of the people standing in the winner’s circle with a beautiful racing horse. Most people however consider it just a fantasy. Once considered the sport of Kings and business moguls because of the high cost of owning, training and racing a horse it is now becoming an investment accessible to more people. While it can be an expensive proposition, it is possible to invest in a racehorse without breaking the bank. If investing in a horse does not seem interesting to you, you can always bet on Kentucky Derby and try to win big money! The cost of a race horse at the Kentucky Derby, ranging from a few thousand to several million dollars, boarding fees, training costs, transportation, veterinarian care, jockey and race fees can be prohibitive for most people to ever be a single […]

10 - 2011

Beginning to Play the Piano Doesn’t Have to be Expensive?

The following is a guest post by Melissa Cameron. Lately, it seems as if our household has mounting expenses. One thing that has taxed our budget is the fact that my eldest daughter, Rose, is starting to drive. Now my younger child, Matt, is asking that he be allowed to take piano lessons. I’m certainly open to the idea, but I wonder if Matt is interested in the piano as the result of his sister’s learning to drive. Is Matt  feeling some envy towards his sister? This can certainly be the case. Over the years, he’s shown very little interest in music. Could this urge to tickle the ivories simply be a way to compete for attention? I want to give my younger kid the chance to play the piano, but I want to do so economically. I’d rather not spend a lot of money until I’m sure that he […]

12 - 2010

Friday Wrap-Up – Little Things

This week, I’ll just mention a few posts around the blogosphere that caught my eye. Mandatory composting Crunchy Chicken wrote about San Francisco having mandatory composting – wow! I wish our city would go that direction — not so much to fine scofflaws, but to make it available to all. I also appreciated her comment that:

19 - 2009
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.

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24 - 2008

Cheap tip: Saving at the gym

Up until a couple of years ago, I’d never belonged to a gym. For a while, I belonged to our city rec center, where I could go at lunch. That was ca. 1998. Then, nothing. I ran sporadically and did yoga because I could do it from home, for a small investment. I do own a treadmill and sometimes even use it — the investment has generally been worthwhile because I can at least walk or run when it’s dark or snowy outside. Then, a couple of years ago, I talked Mr. Cheap into joining 24 Hour Fitness. Because I work from home, I needed to get out of the house. We signed up, bought a personal trainer package, and went to town.

5 - 2007
29 - 2007

Deal of the week: Buy used stuff with persistence and the Law of Attraction

This weekend I found several new deals that again illustrated my philosophy for finding great deals on used stuff. I suppose it is the Law of Attraction in thrifty action (that has a ring to it, doesn’t it?). It’s fall, so I’ve inventoried my stash of clothes for Little Cheap. She didn’t need much: A winter coat, snow pants, a soccer uniform and some boots for her riding class. I’ve been hunting the boots on eBay. We bought new shin guards before realizing that our local kids’ consignment store had them, but we did find used cleats.