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
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.
Cycling is good for the environment. Except for the stuff you have to get rid of afterward ….
Would you garden “through the magic of the computer”?
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.
Last year, we joined a community-supported agriculture program that supplied our veggies from mid-June to mid-December. We’ve just signed up again, and I hope you’ll think about doing the same.
Good news for those, like me, who have been alarmed by news about new lead-testing requirements from the Consumer Product Safety Commission: As of yesterday, federal regulators have decided thrift-store and consignment operators won’t have to test used children’s clothes for lead.
This morning I came across this guest post on Focus Organic listing 10 reasons to go organic. My biggest reasons are these ….
‘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.
It’s World Vegetarian Day today, Oct. 1, and the kickoff of Vegetarian Awareness Month. Let’s recognize the day with a poll to gauge our collective level of vegetarianism (or the lack thereof)…
Today’s weekly wrap-up tackles issues sure to raise hackles around family dinner tables, even those that are assiduously avoiding political conversation during the election year: Oil prices, green gifting and whether organic food is worth it.
Last week, I wrote about my bathroom makeover. In addition to creating a nicer looking bathroom, our makeover created a ton of packaging waste.
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:
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).
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.
This Monday series checks out whether something that sounds like a good deal — or takes a bit of extra work — is a good deal. We’ll look at cost and benefit — with everything filtered through my individual experience. Please chime in with your take.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about how to save paper. In some ways, we’re using more paper — I’ve been tending toward choosing a product packaged in paper over one packaged in plastic, simply because it at least can go in the recycling bin.
When is the last time you got your feet dirty? If it was ages ago, chances are you haven’t been to a farm lately. Do you have a farm near you?
Often, I find myself diving into a big project in my spare time, and all too often, my spare time happens at 8:00 on a Saturday night. While the footloose and fancy free are out tripping the light fantastic, I’m up to my elbows in some dusty project at home. Thus, I spent one recent, scintillating evening organizing my cord and light bulb collections.
Happy Valentine’s Day, featuring my non- eco- friendly (but cheap, crafty and personalized) child’s Valentine’s! Yes, that’s right, it’s a whole stack of pretend flowers made from straws and cellophane tape. Landfill, here we come.