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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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Thanks to STEEMIT, I am finally able to monetize this blog (which I dedicated blood, sweat, and beer to). So this is my very last post on Typepad. What a long strange trip its been. BTC Clicks takes up too much of your time. The Bitmaker Phone App was great until it stopped working on my Android phone. Mining was making me 1500 Satoshi per day then it dropped to 1100 Satoshi per day. Faucets also take up too much time. I started doing them in March 2017. Posting, commenting, and up-voting on STEEMIT is the best way to go by far. In just 2 months I have cashed out $4.52 USD and the screen shot below shows you my potential payouts and growth rate. Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Cheapo Groovo
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
We moved to a tiny house in 2015 and got rid of the tent, portable toilet, and other camping gear. I thought we were done with primitive camping until I was inspired by the videos below. Tried it out this past week (1 private campground and 2 national park campgrounds) and it has more benefits than costs! Little setup or tear-down. Bad weather like snow doesn't collapse the tent or freeze us all night long. Prius acts like a power generator. Music in the car does not affect the neighbors. Inspires others to think outside the box. Can arrive at your site later and can leave at checkout. And no worries like you have with an RV (fuel costs, tricky roads, grey water). Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Cheapo Groovo
$1527.44 for the first 4 months of 2017. I actually did slightly better if you include all the Amazon Gift Cards I redeemed ($24). Here is the breakdown: Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2017 at Cheapo Groovo
This place does it right! A sandwich plus a low gravity beer is only 7 bucks. Stay for happy hour and get a 9% ABV beer for $4.75. WOW! Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at Cheapo Groovo
Kroger / City Market Loyalty Card is all you need! Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 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
Of course FED money printing, stock buybacks, and mergers play a huge role in sending stocks higher, but the number one factor is the way market averages are manipulated! The components of the S&P 500 update periodically. Between 1/1/2005 and 1/1/2015, 188 index components were replaced by other components. In other words, drop the companies going bankrupt and replace them with companies in their growth phase. Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at Cheapo Groovo
I'm seeing natural gas at $4.00 by December. Play it with UGAZ. Here are my reasons: La Nina will increase the number of tropical storms in the Atlantic, which has been on the quiet side for the past three seasons. During one week last month, the country used up a little of its gas reserves for the first time during a summer in 10 years, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Energy. It became cheaper for power plants to burn gas than coal. In April last year, natural gas generated more electricity than coal in the U.S. for the first time in decades. U.S. Natural Gas Drilling Rig Statistics Current natural gas drilling rigs: 86 Active rig count one year ago: 223 Rig Peak (hit on 9/12/08): 1,606 Peak natural gas is coming plus depletion rates show a steep drop off Continue reading
Posted May 13, 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
We purchased our park model trailer for cash. We could only guesstimate our expenses. Now I can see how much they are. My goal of $860 a month (which I determined back in 2006) was pretty good! All numbers are per month. HOA dues = $58.33. This covers sewer, water, use of the lodge, road maintenance, etc. Electricity = $110 in the winter, $20 in the summer. We use two electric space heaters during the cold months. Looking into a wood burning stove. Propane = $37.50 for heat and cooking Gasoline = $30 thanks to driving a Prius Food = $400 since we dine out a lot and buy from the health food store. Can't grow anything w/o a hoop house. Insurance (home, auto, health) = $308.33 Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 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
Cell phone service in the Arkansas River Valley is spotty. Adding phone service to DSL Internet is expensive. So we are back using the GO version at a cheapo price. Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 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