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I love purchases that give you a lot of bang for the buck! I also love radio.

March 13th, 2010 at 03:25 pm

I say that as I am enjoying listening to my fairly new portable HD radio. Basically an iPod type device, it allows me to listen to my area's excellent radio stations with less static than traditional FM, and as an added bonus, it shows the songs that are playing IF the station enters the data, and most of them do, to varying degrees.

I had my eye on it for months, but I waited until the price dropped from $50 to $40. Only 10 bux, but it felt great for some reason, that delayed gratification. Plus, I buy VERY few things, so that makes it more of an event when I do. Smile

But what feels best is I love it - no ongoing costs other than electricity to recharge the battery, and it is just fun. Yes, I am a simple man. Smile Maybe it brings me back to my childhood when I was thrilled to get a transistor radio. I remember transistor radios were rated by how many transistors they had - I think I got a deluxe TWELVE transistor one. It was all so stylish, extra wide, silver grill - nice!

Maybe radio just appeals to the cheapskate in me, since so much variety in music just comes streaming freely over the air. I've also always been awed that radio and TV work the way they do, over the air. To me it is sort of mind boggling that when you are outside on a beautiful day, the air is full of all those signals.

I also fondly remember sleeping out in a tent and getting that AM skip at night - faint signals from faraway places - just so cool to a kid. Went well with distant train horns.

Anyway, I guess this one gets filed under raves. Smile

So what purchases of yours give you great pleasure?

9 Responses to “I love purchases that give you a lot of bang for the buck! I also love radio.”

  1. yisave Says:

    That sounds great. How large is it? I'm with you about listening to a radio. We have speakers that we can use outside on the patio but I personally like taking a portable radio so that I can listen to it while I'm relaxing.

    You're taking me back with those transistor radios. I can remember walking down the street listening to my little transistor. It was all of the craze back then.

    I'll have to think about purchases that I have made. I think my cell phone even if it's just for emergencies was a great buy for me. I also like the ipod that I bought for my husband on his birthday last year.

  2. patientsaver Says:

    I exchanged an unwanted Christmas gift and shopped carefully to buy a marked down set of cozy, red flannel PJs which I have worn every singe night since then. I don't plan to stop wearing them until May!

  3. snshijuptr Says:

    You might enjoy a book called Hertzian Tales. It talks about the wonder of being surrounded by so many waves and how artists and designers have dealt with this.

  4. Homebody Says:

    I got a stupid Ipod for Christmas that does not get AM radio. What is the use in that. I am 52 and prefer talk radio at this point as opposed to music.

  5. Homebody Says:

    I got a stupid Ipod for Christmas that does not get AM radio. What is the use in that. I am 52 and prefer talk radio at this point as opposed to music. Sorry just a little rant. I have not added one thing to it. It sits in it's little box and DH said fine I will use it then... of course he has not since he doesn't know how to work a computer. Okay rant off!

  6. ralph Says:

    Homebody, you can download podcasts all along the spectrum from NPR on the left to Glen Beck on the right! At least I am pretty sure you can - I do music from NPR - they have an awesome collection of live concerts for free!

  7. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Homebody, there should also be radio apps for the ipod (if it's a touch) that you can download and get am radio.

  8. Jerry Says:

    That totally leads me to remember the thrill of having an AM radio on a campout, hiding it from the scoutmaster, listening to staticky music at midnight in a tent. That was a lot of fun! Nice that they have helped radio keep pace, technologically. I think it offers some insurance that there will still be radio in this world of iPods and the like...
    Jerry

  9. Ralph Says:

    yisave, it's a little bigger than an iPod, a nice size, fits right in my pocket.

    snshijuptr, thanks for that reference. I did look at it in Amazon and it looks interesting, so I'll put it on my list for checking at the library. Smile

    And patientsaver, I like your example. Just what I'm talking about - when you buy less, what you do buy becomes very valuable to you, like in the old days. Smile And of course a nice discount adds that extra oomph!

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