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Sustainable and frugal living with an emphasis on investing and practical entrepreneurship
Interests: Saving Money, Making Money, Investing Money, Coupons, Freebies, Craft Beer, Foody
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If you follow all the steps in my couch potato cash, $375/month is typical. 85% of side-gig workers make less than $500 a month. And of all the side-gig platforms, Airbnb hosts earn the most by far. Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2017 at Cheapo Groovo
AIM is an investment method devised by the late Robert Lichello. This method is a proven way to take advantage of the inevitable market swings to enable us to ‘Buy Low / Sell High’. Groundrules of how the AIM Strategy works: When starting with a lump sum, only invest 50% from the start. If establishing a monthly investment plan, also split this allocation to 50% invested (after all, there’s a 50/50 chance the market will go up OR down tomorrow!) Utilize a cash account to maintain your investment reserves / gains, awaiting further investment (starting with the second 50% of your lump sum, and then including the proceeds from sales as well as 50% of any subsequent monthly investment.) Be prepared to sell a portion of the gains you have realized and deposit them into your cash account, per the AIM algorithm. Be prepared to buy some back with your... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at Cheapo Groovo
Have your significant other cut sides and back of neck. Then use this inexpensive tool to do the rest! TINKLE HAIR CUTTER Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2016 at Cheapo Groovo
Don't assume that the local newspaper or Craigslist have the best listings. After talking to a colleague who found a room to rent off Facebook, I started doing my research. Facebook is the best. It's like word of mouth on steroids. What you need to do is find YOUR LOCAL GROUPS. Below are mine: Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2016 at Cheapo Groovo
What money you might be saving, you are wasting two-fold in the amount of time it takes you to properly shop with coupons. It's downright complicated. You have to subscribe to the newspapers, clip, sort, and store the coupons, find the store's deals that week, figure out what coupons can work with the deals, go shopping (often times having to visit multiple stores), and then, additionally, plan out and shop for the things your coupons don't work for (but you still need). Coupons are meant to bring down the price of name-brand items. But, have you noticed that name-brand items are typically more expensive to begin with? One of my favorite frugal living secrets is that store-brand items are usually made by the name-brand factories. Most coupons are for pantry items. It's next to never that you'll find a coupon for fresh produce, dairy, or meat ... which is typically... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2016 at Cheapo Groovo
This is what I learned from my very first Vegas trip. Stay at a hotel north of the strip. A short walk or monorail ride can get you to the strip in minutes. We booked a room at the Westgate. Avoid all the come-ons. The Westgate was going to give us a free meal and a show for sitting thru a 90 minute time sharing presentation. Several artists were giving away their music. In exchange for an autographed CD, they wanted a donation. Bring a cooler filled with beverages and sandwiches. You get complimentary beverages while you gamble, but not while you are in your room. And don't expect a microwave oven in your room either. Seek out smaller/local casinos like Ellis Island and Brewery. Beer was 2 pints for $4.50 and breakfast is $4. Hit this liquor store across from Bally's on Flamingo Boulevard for cheap spirits! Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2015 at Cheapo Groovo
I know u didn't do this cause I didn't see you there. Perhaps you were just wage slaving today! Bottling Volunteers Needed Thursday, 12/10 bottling: 9AM - 4PM * Wine samples, lunch @ noon-ish, and two bottles will be provided. 2015 Traditional Mead A semi-sweet wine with honeycomb character and dried grass notes. Crafted with 100% raw Alfalfa/Clover honey Sourced from Salida's own beekeeper, Jamie Johnston of The Beekeeper's Honey Boutique. 13.2% Alc/Vol Friday, 12/11 bottling: 8AM - Noon * Wine samples and two bottles will be provided. 2014 Vino Vermouth di Salida Our Bianco and Extra Dry versions of Colorado Vermouth, crafted in conjunction with Wood's High Mountain Distillery! This is Colorado's First Vermouth in History!!! Black Muscat fortified with our herbal/spiced clear brandy. 17.5% Alc. by Volume Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at Cheapo Groovo
A low end washer/dryer costs about $500. The laundromat costs around $300 per year. Add another $100 per year for detergent and dryer sheets. My system costs $23 for the washer, $50 for the bucket/wringer, $100 for a lifetime supply of soap nuts,. Then hang dry your clothes outside or inside. Here are the "how to" videos. Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at Cheapo Groovo
Posted Nov 29, 2015 at Cheapo Groovo
Readers may want to check their local thrift stores. Near my town, a thrift store called Caring and Sharing offers volunteers $4 of store credit for each hour volunteered. You can accumulate hours to save up for the item you want. The work entails placing donated items on shelves and putting a price sticker on them. Looks like we will be getting a free crock pot! Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2015 at Cheapo Groovo
I cannot say I have fully vetted these, but from the research I have done, these should be legit. Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2015 at Cheapo Groovo
Check rest areas and travel plazas for coupon booklets. The deals in there are often better than the Internet! We recently found coupons at a Chinese restaurant in York Nebraska. The OAK TREE INN in North Platte gave us a queen bed plus 2 free breakfasts at Penny's Diner for $62! Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at Cheapo Groovo
Upon joining, you will see a screen like this. I only do the 4 I've circled. Should get you 40 cents per day. Easy money with little effort. Cash out anytime (no minimums!) Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at Cheapo Groovo
I use free stuff sites. Nothing better than an email coupon or a free sample arriving via USPS. Here are my favorites: Freestufftimes Deal News GimmeFreebies Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2015 at Cheapo Groovo Make a weekly Pact to exercise more or eat healthier. Set what you’ll pay other Pact members if you don’t reach it. Use the Pact app to track your progress. Earn real cash for living healthily, paid by the members who don’t! Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at Cheapo Groovo
And all of these coupons were clipped to my card. And we walked there. And we found other necessary items on sale (bath salts and dental floss) Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at Cheapo Groovo
I'm not a geologist, but from the alternative articles I've read, natural gas will explode sometime between now and 2022. The play for me is $BOIL and I'm boxing in the current price by selling out of the money calls and selling out of the money puts. The popping of the shale gas bubble Natural Gas: The fracking fallacy Skip to 37:30 for natural gas analysis. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at Cheapo Groovo
I like to make money on things I already do or already posses. Being a glorified taxi driver (Lyft or Uber) doesn't do much for me! Why not just rent your bike, surfboard, or skis Put up a tent in your backyard and rent it (great for cities that have lots of big events/concerts in the summer) Folks always need tools, why not share them And your car sits in the garage/driveway for at least 14 hours, rent it. RelayRides or Getaround Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Cheapo Groovo
If you want to hold the physical metal, make it easy on yourself! Any U.S. dime, quarter, half dollar or dollar that is dated 1964 or earlier is made of 90% silver. For paper products, hold PSLV for cap gains and SLVO for income. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at Cheapo Groovo
Ditching the car Census data shows that the share of 16 to 24 year-olds traveling to work by car declined by 1.5 percentage points between 2006 and 2013, while the share of young people getting to work by public transportation, on foot or by bicycle, or else working from home, had increased. Young people aged 20 to 30 are less likely to move from central cities to suburbs than at any time since at least the late 1990s. Millennials consistently report greater attraction to less driving-intensive lifestyles — urban living, residence in “walkable” communities, and openness to the use of non-driving modes of transport — than older generations. Fewer young people are getting their driver’s licenses than even a few years ago. The percentage of high school seniors with driver’s licenses declined from 85 percent to 73 percent between 1996 and 2010, according to the AAA Foundation for Highway Safety,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Cheapo Groovo
Junk silver and copper pennies are the easiest way. U are betting the metal price is worth more than the face value coin price. U can do this w/o having a lot of money to begin with! Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at Cheapo Groovo
I tried making my own soap, but the ingredients + molds + time turned out to be very costly! So I did lots of research and the best way to save is as follows: Buy basic bar soap like DIAL = 36 bars can cost as little as $12 from dollar stores Buy hand soap in 56 oz. refill sizes = should be about $5 Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at Cheapo Groovo