How to clean a Keurig K-cup coffee maker

In the past year or so, I’ve found at least half a dozen K-cup coffee makers sitting on the curb or next to Dumpsters on trash day. All of them turned out to be perfectly functional once I cleaned the hard water buildup from the works. My guess is that they were thrown out because the previous owners didn’t know how to remove … Read more

Free cat tree

Sometimes you find cheap and easy solutions for things without even trying. Today I was over at a friends house where the cats’ favorite spots include a stereo equipment box that’s sitting next to the living room window. Note that the cat tree is sitting right next to the box (that’s what the pieces of carpet at the front of … Read more

Still being cheap

Two months to the day that I last wrote here. I’m still being cheap, but I haven’t been very motivated to write about it lately. In September, I had an extended viral illness that limited my ability to go couponing and that also motivated me to start writing fiction again as a way to entertain myself. As I often am … Read more

Curb shopping

As mentioned in a previous entry, mid-month was the major curb-shopping event in my town. It’s also known as “hippie Christmas” because the curb and dumpsters offer so many gifts, and I’m okay with that name even though I’m not a hippie. Renters who hate the idea of throwing away perfectly good stuff but don’t have time to get to … Read more

Care package for the kitties

Today has been a sucky day. I woke up with vertigo and it has gotten worse, and the Epley maneuver doesn’t seem to help today. It meant I couldn’t go to the library as planned to work, but I do still have to go to the radio station tonight because I couldn’t find a sub. And I couldn’t work on … Read more

I got free cell phone screen protectors today, and it’s only 10 a.m.

I’m on the last screen protector for my smartphone, so was happy to see today’s deal was $6 for $12 worth of cell phone accesories from, including free shipping. Plus, I signed up for just yesterday, and you automatically get a $10 credit when you sign up. So that made the whole deal free for me. CellPig … Read more

Amazing day of savings for the cats

Went to PetSmart today since I got two $3 coupons from them in honor of upstairs’ cat’s adoption anniversary. The Exquisicat cat litter is on sale for $9.99 for 40 lbs., so I was planning to buy two of those for a total of $13.98+tax after coupons. I was planning to use a coupon that I won from Innova for … Read more

In which downstairs cat poses for glamour shots

I’ve been accused of loving upstairs cat (aka boy cat) more than downstairs cat (aka girl cat), with the fact that I take more pictures of upstairs cat being brought forth as evidence in support of the allegation. Actually, I’ve tried videotaping downstairs cat’s antics numerous times, but the videos never turn out because she’s black and the rug on … Read more

Cats on the cheap

I’d originally thought about calling this blog “My Buy-Nothing Year,” but I knew that title would be disingenuous at best. Yeah, I could commit to not buying any durable goods for a year, and I might even be able to commit to buying no food for a year – there’s always plenty of good bread to be found in bakery … Read more