Attention, bargain shoppers … next week is the U.S. Veterans Day holiday, and Savers thrift stores are offering 50 percent off all merchandise
I have seen so much great info in the blogosphere this week. Hopefully some of it will make your life a little more easier (and more lucrative) — including a way to get $50 and save big bucks on organic groceries.
Household comparison shopping yields Amazon’s 15% off subscription program …
OK, you are all virtuous and you compost your waste. Bravo! But if you’re like me, you just might be a little bit of a slacker when it comes to thoroughly washing out the bin that sits on your counter or under your sink collecting scraps.
I’m still catching up on posts, but here is a quick list of six things you can save today to make life a little bit easier. Add your own tips if you’ve found a great one!
It’s almost over — the Democratic National Convention in Denver, my home town. I’ve been quiet this week about the hubbub because I haven’t wanted to deal with traffic, thousands of people, etc. I would have liked to visit some of the information booths, but I was too slow to get on the green blogging bandwagon. I am incredibly curious what the aftereffects of this “green convention” will be. The convention planners have provided a list here of actions they are taking to be extra green. It includes this nod to the long term:
Last week, I wrote about my bathroom makeover. In addition to creating a nicer looking bathroom, our makeover created a ton of packaging waste.
Earlier this week, Little Cheap and I hit up the Savers location that was so good to us about a year ago. At that time, we found some paddock boots that Little Cheap needed for riding classes for $5.99, a great toy (a horse that walks for $2) and some other things too.
As far in the past as last Christmas, I had a subscription to GreenDimes on my wish list. GreenDimes is a company that lets you sign up, either for free or for a fee, depending on the services you want to receive, to eliminate your junk mail. With GreenDimes, you start out by choosing the service level you’re interested in. The free service says it will handle some of your basic junk mail, if you’re willing to do the legwork yourself. I was interested in the premium service, which costs a one-time fee of $20. For that $20, the company does several things:
Great ways to re-use jeans Tipnut this week posted links to things to do with old jeans, and the timing couldn’t be better. The other day, I was going through my fabric bin, looking for material to make a Colonial dress for Little Cheap, and she said, Are those old JEANS? Why do you have pants in your sewing bin?
Angel Food – $30 for $60 of food I saw this site mentioned in a couple of places this week — the Angel Food Ministries provide a way for consumers to purchase a monthly “menu” of about $65 worth of food for $30. It is first-quality food distributed at local locations, and for those in need, the program accepts food stamps. The list I saw for our state includes a lot of meat, which makes it unsuitable for vegetarians; but for meat-eaters, it could be stretched a long way. They also offer supplemental menus for purchasers to get a special deal on meat or vegetables in addition to the regular menu. It looks like a lifesaver for families in need — or just in need of stretching their dollars. Recycle gift cards
I have a stockpile of goodies piling up in my “tips” folder, and today is a great day to share them with you. Hold those gloves
In the process of trying to reduce our garbage, I’ve come across several items that I needed and wanted to not buy — and conversely, several items I hated to throw away but couldn’t easily recycle. By reusing these items, necessity meets utility. Quite some time ago, when I started cleaning everything with baking soda instead of scouring powder, I wanted a convenient container – like the one scouring powder comes in. I found an old plastic peanut butter jar in my laundry room, used a nail to punch a bunch of holes in the lid, and voila – my baking soda shaker makes cleaning the bathroom a tiny bit easier.
Get Rich Slowly this week posted a terrific tip to subscribe to a search on Craigslist. Mwah ha ha, when the right Kromski Prelude spinning wheel comes along, I will be all over it! It is ceiling fan season — and The Simple Dollar posted a simple list of ways to get your ceiling fan to work for you (and reduce energy use/costs in the meantime).
Green Daily is giving away a $300-value composter package for those who comment with what they would compost by July 2. It’s a random drawing, so I am generously decreasing my own chances by letting all of you in on it! Good luck! Also, our neighborhood newsletter arrived yesterday with a slightly wackadoodle article about composting. She had a good basic how-to, but she mentioned that she composts shrimp shells and fish waste (she must be quite a seafood aficionado in landlocked Denver). I wasn’t so sure about that, but here are two university references, one that says “fish-waste composting is a little trickier than the backyard variety,” and one that offers a whole publication about how to do it. As for the shrimp shells, this list includes them among 163 things that can be composted. Another site notes that the smell could attract animals … that’s what I would […]
Crunchy Chicken’s latest brainstorm is a garden potty party on June 21. And that’s not a pitcher of lemonade in the graphic. Nope. It’s urine.
I got so many great questions from readers for my one-year anniversary last week – not to mention all the sweet comments. Thank YOU all for reading and making this blog so much fun. Your being here helps motivate me to keep on keepin’ on — even though things feel a little dark at times in terms of our environmental/economic future. Now for the questions – and my best shot at some answers for you. Here are the first three! More to follow on Tuesday.
I’ve written before about the many joys of baking soda, but there’s an entire book out there dedicated to “Resourceful and Ingenious Uses of Baking Soda.” It’s free online, so feel free to check it out. (via The Simple Dollar) Verda Vivo posted “50 ways to help the planet” today. I noted that I have switched to cotton swabs with a paper core (one of the items) — which, I believe, are compostable. A few other comments on the list:
Organic Needle reminded me to do an update on our performance during the Riot for Austerity, which I started 10 months ago. This is the 90 percent challenge that I’ve mentioned on this blog — with the goal of cutting consumption by 90 percent from U.S. average consumption. Here’s the update on what I did and how it turned out:
The other day I went to our local grocery store and saw this: I’m still kind of new to my camera phone, so it’s a hideous shot (and I wasn’t shopping at a totally deserted store … just managed to get no one in my shot!).