Category Archives: Eco-quandary

March
8 - 2015

Top Ten Things You Can Do To Save Money and the Environment in 2015.

What are the best ways to save money and the environment in 2015? With a bit of work and creativity these things go hand in hand. Before we became a culture completely wrapped in the cellophane of convenience, those who came before us knew how to make it on less. You can cut costs, increase your quality of life and help the environment regardless of how much money you make or where you live. Let’s get started now. Beat the Winter Blues With Spring Planning and Indoor Gardening

January
29 - 2015

The Ultimate Eco Friendly Guide to Greening Your Home on a Budget

We created this eco friendly guide to be a source for small and large projects for creating your eco friendly home and staying within your budget. At the end of the article you’ll see how you can add your favorite resources. When thinking of an eco friendly home, it’s understandable to think first about building a new house or adding high tech improvements like solar panels from Roof Worx or even going off the grid.

April
14 - 2010
January
11 - 2010
February
27 - 2009

Wrap-up: Save money with DIY, organic coupons

Some good ideas around the Web this week for saving money and living naturally: Real Simple’s money-saving March Wise Bread wrote about some of the ideas in this month’s issue of Real Simple for saving money. Some of them don’t seem very frugal to me (there’s absolutely no way I would consider meat that costs $5.99 a pound a “bargain,” especially if it’s not even natural/organic), but others are worth a look.

January
16 - 2009
January
9 - 2009
January
8 - 2009
December
12 - 2008

Green (and cheap) your shipping by unpacking plastic

‘Tis the season to send gifts far, far away … and whether you’re shipping a handmade gift to your grandma, a box of donations to children in another country or (we won’t tell) an item so perfect that you averted your green AND cheap mindsets just this once, I ask you to consider your shipping supplies.

Whatever the contents, wherever the destination, whichever the shipping service, think about doing what you can to unpack the plastic and waste from your shipped items.

October
1 - 2008
August
8 - 2008
August
6 - 2008
April
15 - 2008

Driving Change

This week, I have an appointment with the government, and I’m excited. No, I don’t mean mailing my gargantuan check to Uncle Sam. Not so thrilled about that one. I’m talking about Thursday, when I’ll head to a local park to have three small devices affixed to my car:

April
7 - 2008

Help me choose a car

Every morning for a couple of weeks, Mr. Cheap’s car has been drooling some green iridescent solution (yes, that would be coolant … and apparently everything else under the sun) in the gutter. He drives a 14-year-old Toyota Camry with hideous paint that he bought for a song in January 2007 to shuttle him to his student teaching job. Well, he’s about to finish school, and the Camry is sitting at the Toyota dealership (because our local mechanics wouldn’t touch it and he needed to know what’s REALLY wrong with it). They called today and read me a laundry list of issues with it. The base line is a new water pump, timing belt and something else for $950. It goes up from there … although they included a new door handle to replace the broken one at $279 (no thanks! Hey, it DOES open the door).

April
4 - 2008

Buy Nothing Update: Living Life

As I continue with the Buy Nothing Challenge, I’m enjoying the challenge to my mindset. On the one hand, I’ve several times this week had the urge to go out for coffee. I’ve instead made coffee and chai at home. I am looking at my desire to go buy stuff for entertainment – as a break from my sometimes tedious life of taking my child to school and returning home, alone, to work.

March
31 - 2008
March
5 - 2008
February
21 - 2008
February
18 - 2008
February
14 - 2008