Thrifty Saturday

September 7, 2013


I like to look on the bright side of things, and rather than say that Lloyd and I kind of just sat around all day, I prefer to say that we saved about three thousand dollars.

‘How so?’ you ask? Well, it all begins with science fiction.

Lloyd is a big science fiction fan. (I am too, but he is in a completely different league than I am.) Robert Heinlein – a very big name in the genre* – is one of his favorites. While surfing the web, I happened to see that his bed is for sale.

It’s not just the bed Robert Heinlein slept in, it’s the bed he built with his own two novel-writing hands! I wouldn’t be so excited, except I looked it over and it seems that Heinlein and I have similar building styles. I think there might be a few L-brackets in there!

We spent a few frenzied minutes seriously considering bidding on it. It was listed at $1,600 when we looked, and really, we’d just have to get a couple of plane tickets, fly to California to pick it up, rent a U-Haul and bring it back home!




I could buy some plywood and build an exact replica for a couple hundred bucks.


I could go back to surfing the web and drinking coffee.

Decision made.

* I said ‘genre’. That may have been the first time ever.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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6 Responses to “Thrifty Saturday”

  1. Kris Said on:

    Your budgeting skills are amazing:)


  2. Brad Said on:

    That bed is super awesome. Whoever gets it is going to be one happy Heinlein fan.


  3. Peggy Said on:

    You & Brad should open a special handmade bed store….what with his murphy skills & you with this bed…the millions will just pour in! But what to call it…Beds by Brad & Bauren


  4. Lloyd Said on:

    I should have had it.


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