Recently I've been writing a lot about frugality. I've been posting frugal tips like turning off your water and even showing you how to mass-produce PB&J sandwiches. But while it's easy to tell people to turn down the heat or wear a hat in the … [Read more...] about How are we not frugal [Personal Account]
Archives for January 2009
Growing up, I liked to take long showers. I would just stand there in the hot water, oblivious to the mounting gas bill, wishing I could just go back to bed. I mean, who doesn't like to be enveloped in warmth, and who likes standing in that cold air … [Read more...] about Turn off the water!
ISO Quality Planning of San Francisco issued a report (seen at Newsday) that shows Hummer drivers get the most traffic tickets per 100,000 miles driven, based on insurance company records. And the Corvette and Mustang aren't even in the top … [Read more...] about Hummer drivers get the most traffic tickets
A week ago, I responded to a Freecycle ad that was giving away a 37" Sony Trinitron XBR TV. It needed a new circuit board, which should only cost a couple hundred dollars to replace. Since I'm constantly wanting a bigger TV, I saw this as a good … [Read more...] about When free stuff is a bit too much
We have two water heaters at home. The last owners decided that when they built on another bathroom, they wanted dedicated hot water for that new shower. It's not an efficient plan as now we have two tanks of water to heat, if we so choose. Well, … [Read more...] about Are you “paying for peace” at home?
When you live alone, it should be obvious that you should just use the light in the room you're in. However, what about when you live with a spouse or roommate? While not always practical (i.e. one is reading, one is watching TV), the most logical … [Read more...] about Frugal Tip: Reuse the Light