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Cheap Like Me has moved to its new address:

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We’ll be back on track with regular posting later this week.

Thanks for joining me on the journey.

Big News for Cheap Like Me

Over the next few days, Cheap Like Me will be quiet. I’m taking a few days off for spring break with my family.

But while the cat’s away, the mice will play. During this break, Cheap Like Me will be moving to its own domain. I’m working on a bright and beautiful new layout that I hope will be easy to read, easy to navigate, and offer more flexibility for features that will make the blog better.

What does it mean for readers?

Next week, the blog will be back to normal with regular updates. If you subscribe to the blog, you’ll need to click on the new blog’s subscribe button to sign up for that blog’s feed. The feed at this address will go quiet. We’ll have a reminder here with the new address.

Do you have requests for things the blog should include? Leave your suggestions here!

Apricot blossoms

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Spring is not quite here, but Mother Nature is working on it. This is the traditional day to plant peas in the garden, and I woke up to this:

It’s our apricot tree in bloom. This process is especially exciting this year, because this is our tree’s third spring — the first year we really might hope it could make some fruit. And to make it even more of a hopeful harbinger of the season, last week we had some very cold freezes — in the 10-degree range — just as the tree was budding. I was sure it wouldn’t manage to bloom after that, yet here it is.

Of course, here in Colorado, March is our snowiest month, and we’ve had snow as late as May (or even, on a rare dramatic occasion, June!), so we and our apricots aren’t out of the woods yet. But if … if … just imagine that wonderful fruit.

Friday wrap-up: Recycling @ work, green running and crunching transit costs

More e-recycling options

Toshiba will recycle your electronics for free — or give you credit for a trade-in. Visit the site to get an estimate or learn more.

Workplace furniture recycling

You know you can get a new sofa on Craigslist, but maybe not new furnishings for your whole office. Meanwhile, the company that downsized and moved a few blocks away might be unloading 20 desks. Enter FACILITYcycle — Colorado’s answer to industrial-size recycling of workplace materials.

Public transit grows

Riding the bus more these days? You’re not alone. Last year, public transit ridership was the highest in 52 years, up 4 percent from the previous year. Americans took a total 10.7 billion trips on public transit. If you’d like to find out how much you could save by riding public transit, you can use a calculator at publictransportation.org or at the American Public Transportation Association.

Unfortunately, you might find that public transit would cost you a bundle. In my case, my husband’s school and my daughter’s school are each 2.5 miles from our home (in opposite directions). If I commuted my daughter to school by bus, I would pay $1,434 more per 10-month school year than driving costs (assuming we both bought monthly passes to save; my daughter’s pass would be half-price because she’s a child). My husband’s commute would cost $583 more than driving costs (for 10 months of passes, because he’s a teacher).

That comes out to $2,017 per year, or $168 per month. Just $58 of that is my husband’s portion. If public transit saves you from making a payment on a second car, it can be worth it financially. If you own your car outright, you’ll have to think again.

Running of the green

Running can be an economical way of burning some calories, building some lungs and pumping up those legs. But it also has a huge environmental impact. Read all about it in Runner’s World (thanks to Thrifty Chicks).