Cowpooling: a cost comparison

Abstract: Cowpooling, the process of pooling money with other individuals to buy portions of a cow for meat, can save people a lot of money or cost them a lot of money.  For the household that already buys a lot of beef at a natural / ethical market like Whole Foods, there is the potential to […]

Water efficiency upgrades for the home

Abstract: Upgrading toilets, faucets, and shower heads in a 2-person, 2-bath home saves about $450 over 10 years.  The upgrades don’t really start to pay for themselves until years 4 through 6 though. Intro: I’m a renter by choice, but this article is for the home-owners (and landlords?) out there.  It is about replacing and/or […]

LED vs. CFL light bulbs

*Update: As commenter Cal Cho mentioned below, there is evidence the LED lifespans can also be shorter than what the manufacturers claim.  This means that LED’s, at least how they are currently priced, are not necessarily better investments than CFL’s.  See this article for more information. Abstract: LED light bulbs are the better investment than CFL […]

(Il)legal smiles: are marijuana edibles cheaper than alcohol?

Abstract: With more and more states legalizing recreational and medical marijuana, it seems fair to challenge the bias against pot.  Pot is arguably three times less harmful for both individuals and society as a whole.  On top of that it is a cheaper, but not necessarily by leaps and bounds. Having four edible pot candies a week […]

Should you carbonate your own soda?

Introduction: It’s starting to get hot here in Portland (read: upper 70’s), which means creek swimming holes, cold beers, and refreshing cocktails are in order.  At my house we tend to default to vodka + soda water cocktails.  Sometimes we leave the alcohol out because bubbly water tastes good on its own.  We usually add a […]

ROI: cloth vs. paper towels

Cloth savings: I’m going to keep this one short and sweet and get straight to the numbers.  How much money do cloth napkins and kitchen towels save you over the course of 10 years?  According to my back of the napkin calculations, switching to cloth is worth about $219 per decade per person. Here are the […]

Push vs. gas mowers

Introduction: What is the better choice for mowing your grass… a manual push reel mower or a walk-behind gas mower (push vs. gas mower)?  It really depends on your situation and priorities, but for the average joe, a push mower probably saves more money even though it takes a little extra time. Push mowers have […]