My biweekly gig at Get Rich Slowly took on the pulpy plague of phone-book bundles. What to do with directories you didn’t ask for and won’t use?
Turn them into everything from garden mulch to homemade kitty litter to origami fodder, that’s what. “27 frugal uses for a dead phone book” engendered a few interesting suggestions from readers, too, such as:
- Shred pages for guinea-pig bedding
- Stuff them inside wet running shoes to absorb the damp
- Prop up one leg while doing splits (ow)
- Wipe off plates during intaglio printmaking
The article also includes a link to let you opt out of next year’s deliveries. Take a minute to do so unless you, like me, actually use the damn things.
Meanwhile, at MSN Money…
My five-days-a-week gig continues at the new Frugal Cool blog. Here are links to a few that I particularly enjoyed writing:
“Earn $37k a year by hosting travelers” – I spoke with people who rent out the spare room(s) via the Airbnb website. One of them funded her very successful startup that way.
“Get paid to buy stuff” – A brief overview of cash-back shopping, which is a great way to make online discounts even deeper. Extrabux is the best of the best, according to the annual (and exhaustive) comparison by Becky Ford of CompareRewards.com. Close on its heels are ShopAtHome and Mr. Rebates.
“The must-have kitchen appliance” – It’s not a popcorn popper. (Hint: “For as little as $20 — and sometimes for a lot less — you can get a machine that cooks for you during the day or while you’re sleeping. Some life partners won’t even do that.”)
Finally, I was delighted that one of my recent Frugal Cool posts, “Be good to the future you,” was an Editor’s Pick in the Carnival of Personal Finance. Plenty of interesting reads in there, so give it a look.