There's a great item in the Seattle Times, where council members have found a way to save on laser pointers.

The council had been using them during meetings. They'd use the laser pointer when pointing at a PowerPoint screen, but the pointers cost around $30 at an office-supply store, and it didn't help that people were easily losing them.

So somebody pointed out that there are laser light toys for cat owners -- you point the laser, and the cat plays with the beam of light. And, as it turns out, you can get those at a pet store for around $5.

And so Seattle's City Council is now saving money by buying cat toys instead of the expensive laser pointers. I applaud that and wanted to spread the word of their frugality. As one council member was quoted, they're trying to be cost-conscious and "think outside the box." Or in this case, outside the litter box.

But I do wonder: How did we get along before laser pointers? Couldn't everyone have saved a whole lot more money from the very beginning by just pointing to things on the screen with -- well, I don't know -- maybe our finger? You know, the one we call the pointer finger?

Just a thought.

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Rebecca H

Great post! My cats go crazy over laser pointers, too bad I don't have a reason to use them for work. That reminds me that I need to pick up a new one along with some cat vitamins. Gotta keep those cats of mine healthy!

January 10 2012 at 12:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Janie Graham

Haha, that's great! Beat out the big boys. Are we going to start buying bully sticks to cook soup with now too? ;) Just wondering. I did just find some pretty cheap ones at

September 01 2011 at 4:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply