Non-Consumer Mish-Mash

by Katy on September 6, 2010 · 5 comments

It’s time again for Non-Consumer Mish-Mash, where I write a little bit about this and a little bit about that.

Geek Out at The Library

If the library were a person I might leave my husband for him or her. That’s how much I love the library. Not only do I get books, music, DVD’s, volunteer opportunities for my kids and live entertainment, but I have now checked out a Kill-A-Watt device.

What is a Kill-A-Watt?

A Kill-A-Watt precisely tells you how much electricity your electronic devices are drawing. Unsure whether it’s worth it to unplug all your phantom electronics? Curious if your constant running of a fan uses less electricity than an air conditioner? All you have to do is plug your electric devices into the handy-dandy Kill-A-Watt, and voilá, your questions are answered!

And for frugality geeks like me, it’s an awesome good time.

Thank you Multnomah County Library!

When Debt Reduction Takes a Backseat

Sierra Black wrote a column for Get Rich Slowly recently about how her extreme focus on debt reduction has well, become unfocused since her credit card debt has been eradicated. This column struck a nerve with me because summer is always an expensive time here at casa Wolk-Stanley. I tend to work less, so there’s less money coming in, and add to that the multiple soccer camps and this year’s Japanese tutoring and debt reduction took its own summer break.

But I’m not too worried. I’ll soon go back to my regular work schedule and the kids will be back in school. I’ll suddenly have scads of free time again and can get my debt reduction back on track.

After all, money matters do not rule my life. My family does.

Cable TV, a Non-Cautionary Tale

After 23 blissful cable-free years together, my husband arranged for cable TV this summer “for World Cup.” And of course, it lingered on through the post-soccer months of July and August. I could lay the blame elsewhere, but I was just as guilty with cable TV addiction as everyone else.

But August 31st came along, and I gathered up all the cable paraphernalia and drove over to the Comcast office to purge myself of the all day entertainment  that is cable TV.

At first, the woman wouldn’t let me cancel the cable since it was in my husband’s name and we have different last names. After I politely explained that actually was my husband’s wife, and even showed my checkbook to a manager, we moved forward. The clerk was busy clicking through many, many pages when she asked:

“Oops, you didn’t want to cancel your cable internet did you?”

I confirmed that the cable was all I was cancelling. To which she explained:

“As an apology for canceling your internet, I’m going to give you a six month special rate on your internet.”

Which will save us $72, and brings the price of a summer’s worth of cable TV (with HBO) for $28! All for the inconvenience of losing internet for two minutes. While I wasn’t even home.

Even I can’t complain about those numbers.

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristen@TheFrugalGirl September 6, 2010 at 11:57 am

I wish my library had a Kill-A-Watt! You have a rockin’ library.


Katy September 6, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Don’t I know it!



Jessica September 6, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Using, and later working for the Multnomah County Library, has totally spoiled me for all libraries everywhere else! The Anchorage Library is not even close to as well-stocked or as philosophically aligned with PUTTING BOOKS AND INFO INTO PEOPLE’S HANDS. What a revolutionary concept!


CC September 7, 2010 at 2:52 am

Have you read – This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by MARILYN JOHNSON. Just finished and found it interesting.


Beth September 8, 2010 at 2:05 pm

I thought my library was awesome until I read this post. Girl, you are one lucky chick! And I hear you about that World Cup thing…wish I had the guts to get rid of the tube, too, but it’s the one splurge we allow ourselves. (We did, however, ditch the extra channels!) Thanks for a great, personal blog! I’m soooooo adding you to my Blogroll!


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