Homestead Hack: Clock Radio – Use What You’ve Got!

by Tammy Taylor

 

On our nightstand RancherMan & I had one of those clock radios that will also charge your cell phone. And while it worked great for quite a while as a clock radio we don’t keep our cell phones in our bedrooms.. It’s an off-limits place for cell phones with all the push notifications that might disrupt a good night’s sleep.

As the clock radio unit got older it became more & more difficult to get the dial exactly on the station where the radio station signal was good & crisp. We decided perhaps we needed to upgrade to a digital dial to make getting to the radio station a little easier.

But when we were pricing clock radios with digital dials we were surprised that they were kinda pricey.  Then we put our heads together and came up with the PERFECT solution.  Use whatcha got is what I always say!  Check out this Homestead Hack that worked so well for us.

We needed a new clock/radio, we put our heads together & came up with the PERFECT solution. Check out this Homestead Hack! #TexasHomesteader

I saw an advertisement recently for a handy-dandy docking station that looked like a tiny bedside clock. You slide your iPhone into the case & it charges the phone and makes your phone display the time.  We considered it briefly. But although it was kinda cutesy I was really interested in using what we already had without buying something new if at all possible.

Eureka!  We each own tablets and they’re tucked away charging in the office anyway. Why not bring them into the bedroom to charge and at the same time use them for an alarm/clock/radio?

Tablet for bedside clock radio. We needed a new clock/radio, we put our heads together & came up with the PERFECT solution. Check out this Homestead Hack! #TexasHomesteader

Using A Tablet For Bedside Clock Radio

There’s already a clock app on our tablets so we just touch the app button to access the clock.  Using the nighttime feature causes the digital time stamp move slightly when each minute passes to protect the screen and to also dim the display. But we like to change the tablet setting itself to be dim as well so it lets out very little light by our bed overnight.

There’s also an alarm feature on our clock app so we each have our own tablet on our nightstands.   But what about falling to sleep with the radio?  Simple fix – RancherMan downloaded onto his tablet the app for the local radio station that we love and it plays softly for us overnight.

When we need our tablets for browsing or for taking to class we simply disconnect the charger cord & return the brightness setting to normal.  I love that we’ve not only avoided buying a specialty item to suite our needs but have also more fully utilized something we already own & love – our tablets.

~TxH~

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12 thoughts on “Homestead Hack: Clock Radio – Use What You’ve Got!

  1. Bonnie V

    That does makes a nice looking alarm clock. That’s basically what I do with my phone, but I still need Hubby to ditch his alarm clock. He has it set for the radio in the morning and it’s always staticy.

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      We were having the static problem on the radio too Bonnie, that’s why we were originally looking for a digital alarm clock in the first place. My cell phone has too many audible notifications for me to allow it in our bedroom and still get a good night’s sleep, so by using our tablets (which have not been set up with audible notifications) we get the digital accuracy for our radio-listening pleasure and still have a large dimmed display of the time. It sure worked out perfectly for us! ~TMH~

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Me too Steph, and it makes you feel so clever when you’re able to easily fill a need with what you already have just by thinking outside the box. ~TMR~

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  2. Lisa from Iroquois

    I tried for many years to keep a little alarm clock in my travel bag but between dead batteries and banging around they just never seemed to last very long or be very reliable. Now I use my Ipad as a travel alarm. Nice to wake up to chirping crickets and to have an instant on clock face with big enough numbers that I don’t have to reach for my glasses first.

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      YES Lisa! The tablet is big enough for me to see and I love that!! And the tablet cover allows me to prop it up at the correct angle for me to see it from my pillow. ~TMR~

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  3. Hil

    Stopping in from Nifty Thrifty Sundays – Interesting idea. I feel like one of the only people who doesn’t own a tablet and sticks to my laptop! I do use my cell for a clock though.

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    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Using a cell phone for a bedroom clock works well for many folks Hil – good for you. Use whatcha got! We opted to use our tablets instead of our cell phones for a couple of different reasons: I don’t like to have my cell in my bedroom since we have lots of push notifications set up since we use our phones for business. Of course we could turn notifications off & on but the chance that we’d forget made it not an ideal option for us. Plus our tablets are larger so our sleepy blurry eyes can see the time a little easier in the dark. And of course since we have our tablets charging in the office anyway, we just moved them to charging in the bedroom instead and only have to plug in / unplug them in those instances when we need them with us. Using the tablets just worked better for us! ~TMR~

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  4. Patricia

    I like the concept of using what you already have. I was trying to think how this would work for us— we just use our phones at night with the do not disturb setting. So I just now thought how I’ve used what I have technology… I don’t have a SD SLOT on my computer… Not the old one or the new one. But someone had given me a digital picture frame– which I hardly ever used. I got the proper cords and tether it to my computer monitor pop in the SD card and ta-dah! I’m able to transfer pictures! Using what you have is just working smarter not harder!

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