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 […]
If you’re in debt, you need to do everything you can to balance the books month by month to gradually tip the scales in your favor and get debt free; you need some kind of debt solution plan in other words. If you have web access, and you must have to be reading this of course, then money-saving help is at your fingertips. Most people’s outgoings and income are fairly tightly balanced – in other words, there’s not a lot of room for man-oeuvre. So, often, it’s the really little things that make a difference over time.
Ok, let’s say your short on time and don’t want to run out to the store to buy a graham cracker crust. Besides, who wants to spend a few dollars on something they can make in their own kitchen in just 5 minutes? You can make a tasty homemade graham cracker crust with about 10 minutes of prep and baking time and 45 minutes of cool down time.
Seeking guest posts! I’m planning to take a couple of weeks off this summer. What that means for you is that if you’ve ever dreamed of seeing your name in lights beneath the Cheap Like Me masthead, now is your opportunity.
Digital parking meters in Denver save money before 9 a.m.
Get ready for Earth Day with these activities around the Web.
Share your Earth Day activities – and a few more wrap-up tidbits.
I heard from a friend today that her Google Reader subscription is not showing any new posts on this blog since September. When I double checked, I have the same problem in Google Reader and in Bloglines. If you have a moment, would you do me a big favor and leave a note if you found me on your blog reader subscription and, if so, which reader you use?
I have lived in Denver for most of the past two decades, but I didn’t know Denver gave families participating in Head Start a free pass to some of our arts facilities. Doing some research for a client, I stumbled across a mention of Denver as one of Fast Company magazine’s “fast cities,” known for their good cultural connections.
In what just might be another example of the law of attraction in thrifty action, a yard sale we stumbled upon a few weeks ago revealed something I had been planning to give in and purchase: a squirrel-proof bird feeder. We’ve been feeding our local wild birds — pretty much just finches and sparrows — all summer, but the squirrels are growing more aggressive, and I had just about given up on the activity. I don’t want the squirrels chewing up the feeder, scaring the birds away, and most worrisome of all, spending their spare time gazing in my kitchen window and perhaps getting ideas about joining us for breakfast inside.
If you live under a rock in the United States, or if you simply don’t blog, you might have missed the news that the Federal Trade Commission has issued new regulations requiring bloggers to disclose any payments they receive in return for endorsements, or face penalties of up to $11,000 per violation. The policy is seeing some criticism in the blogosphere. It might be sour grapes from bloggers like me, who have received very small amounts of compensation for many hours of work.
This week, we’re seeing an influx of new readers to Cheap Like Me from three online addresses …
If you’re a carnivore — and especially if you choose organic meat — here’s a must-read.
Yesterday’s Denver Post Food section included a terrific, long article about one organic ranch in Wyoming, which produces the grass-fed organic beef that goes to Whole Foods stores in this region.
Jack Frost is starting to nip at our noses here in Colorado, and that means one thing: It’s green tomato season! Little House in the Suburbs posted a yummy-sounding recipe for Crispy Green Tomato Pickles. Readers, have you ever tried these? I’ve found a few great buys at the dollar store up the street, such as picture frames, gift bags and metal chip-bag-clips. Are dollar stores worth a stop? What should you avoid (hint: can you say “lead” and “salmonella”)? What are the good bargains? Now, the Frugal Yankee has taken a close look at dollar stores in general.
One of the many hats we wear around our house is that of Art Snob, or at least Art Fan. Mr. Cheap’s bachelor’s degree is in studio art, and I headed off to a fancy East Coast college at age 18 thinking one of my possible majors might be art history. Today, we don’t have too much time to make art or even to see art. When we do get to New York City, we try to steal a day to hit the galleries. (New York grants special experiences, like the time we glimpsed the legendary sculptor Louise Bourgeois slipping out of a Rachel Whiteread show in Chelsea, 10 years ago.) We occasionally get to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver (MCA Denver) and took Mlle. Cheap to a Daniel Richter show at the Denver Art Museum, which I loved, but which traumatized her slightly.
If you’ve tried to find Cheap Like Me over the last couple of days, you weren’t dreaming … the site has been down after the host was hacked! My last post (on staycations, again) seems to be MIA. I am hopeful that everything else is still here. I guess this makes it a good week to have been taking things slow.
This tidbit of information came in this week’s newsletter from our CSA provider, Grant Farms:
The new All Things Eco Blog Carnival is up at Focus Organic. Visit to check out posts on the real deal with eating fish and meat, home energy audits and more.
It turns out that a couple of weeks ago, I missed my two-year “blogiversary” — the birthday of the Cheap Like Me blog.
My inaugural post was modest ….
Spring has sprung in the Northern Hemisphere, and even though we aren’t doing much gardening around here this season (and so haven’t really started), a few things are springy despite ourselves. Our baby apple trees have leafed out. There are four of them along this fence (this is the driveway Mr. Cheap will be removing this summer to put in a patio and garden). This picture is ugly as sin, but the good news is, our two year-old trees (in the middle) last year were as small as the brand-new trees we put in this year (front and back). It’s nice to have a visual of how big the babies will grow next year.