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We’ve Had Recycling this Whole Time!

We moved into our new home in mid-October 2012.  I saw a few recycling bins around the neighborhood, but I assumed it was an additional fee since only about a quarter of the houses seemed to have one.  Well, you know what assuming does… Finally Looked Into Recycling Well, the lack of easy recycling has been annoying me a little.  We are a household with 5 adults and throwing away aluminum and paper makes me cringe.  I was saving our aluminum cans and newspapers, and then would Craigslist them for free every few months.  But that was taking up a lot of room and brought in some bugs to the garage.  So I stopped earlier this year.  🙁 Overall, I’m not a sustainability fanatic in general, but I am a fan of doing the easy stuff to save money or help the environment.   For example, we use those energy-efficient light bulbs when we replace burned-out bulbs.  Why not?  The extra cost makes up for itself and then some apparently.  We also bought a Prius in 2008 instead of the SUV we were looking for since it had the storage we needed and cost $5000-$7000 less.  It having way better gas mileage … Read more…

I Use a Dryer for my Clothes

As you may already know, I am a staff writer at 7 other blogs on a weekly, biweekly, and bimonthly basis.  I staff write for Bargaineering four times a week.  I have found that the readers at all the places I blog are similar to my readers EXCEPT for some at Bargaineering.  I seem to tick them off with my non-frugal ways.  I really try to not mention certain things so I don’t get fired, but sometimes I slip. My Dryer Slip Up Case in point, I just wrote a post about Business Clothing on a Budget and had two little, no thought lines in the last paragraph, …To keep my blouses and slacks unwrinkled, I hung them immediately after the dryer was done with them. For the more fragile fabrics, I hung them when they were still damp in the hall closet to dry. Did anybody zero in on my fragile fabric line?  Nope.  But a few people did notice that I use a dryer and kindly explained to me that I shouldn’t.  Well, mostly kindly.  What’s Wrong with a Dryer? Here’s my question, why attack the dryer?  I understand it uses energy, but so does my refrigerator and nobody has told me to unplug that … Read more…

Freecycle – My Personal Experiences

Since my husband bought me a desk, I have been getting rid of stuff from our guest bedroom to make myself a somewhat organized office.  I have been trying to Craigslist some furniture and used Freecycle to get rid of some empty boxes and tupperware-like storage containers. Freecycle is a group started to rehouse used items for free and local groups pop up all over the place for it.  I am personally the member of 2 Freecycle groups that are only for my exact area of Houston.  I have used Freecycle more than 10 times in the past 2 years.  At least 9 of those were me getting rid of stuff and once was me finding doggy stairs for my Pug. Freecycle – A Great Way To Get Rid of Stuff I have freecycled a bunch of things.  It is pretty easy to type up a simple description and post a listing.  Then I just emailed the first person back who emailed me to schedule the pick up.  It usually takes less than 24 hours to have stuff picked up. So far, I have freecycled: A young palm tree A bent queen-sized bed frame A broken tv hutch Multiple loads of empty boxes Extra dirt A whole … Read more…

Green Your Routine – Ecologically Friendly Product Alternatives

This is a guest post about ecologically friendly beauty product alternatives from Mrs. Money who writes at the Ultimate Money Blog, where she shares tips on frugal living, how to live green, and living a simpler life. One of the areas of your budget that can be pretty easy to cut is beauty products.  Shampoo, conditioner, facial cleansers, lotions, and other beauty products can cost a lot of money; not to mention they can be hazardous to your health.  Many shampoos and lotions contain many ingredients that can cause health problems.  Parabens, for instance have been linked to cancer.  Sodium lauryl sulfate is a common surfectant that’s found in almost all shampoos. It is very harsh on your skin and can cause irritation, yet many companies continue to use it because it’s cheap.  Don’t feel like you have to go run out to buy eco friendly beauty products.  There are many different options for you to make your own beauty products at home for cheap!  Here are some things you can do to save money and green your beauty routine. Ecologically Friendly Product #1 – No Poo Go No Poo.  No poo is a method of shampooing your hair using just … Read more…

Recycling- Good for Your Pocketbook?

The following is a guest post from Kevin at FinanciallyPoor.com, where he writes about many personal finance topics but focuses on changing your attitude about money. As you try to reach your personal finance goals, sometimes a little extra money may be the key that you need. When money is tight, an extra $10 or $20 can really make all the difference. If you want a little extra money without going out and getting a side job, recycling is an easy way to start. It is good for your finances and is a great way to do your part to save the planet. Use What You Have Many people run out and get extra containers or storage bins before starting to recycle. This completely defeats the purpose. If you are recycling to get some extra money, spending money won’t do you any good. Recycling isn’t a get rich quick scheme. It will take a long time to build up to a small amount of money. Use things you have to maximize your earnings. An old cardboard box or trash can is a great place to start throwing bottles and cans. An empty trash bag will even do the job. Get What You … Read more…

Achieve Your Goals by Reducing Waste, Increasing Efficiency, and Using Your Time Wisely

The following guest post is by Kevin of Invest It Wisely. What is the most precious and valuable resource in the world? I’ll give you a hint: It does not glitter like silver and gold, there never seems to be enough of it, and if you try to catch it, it slips out of your hands. The most precious and valuable resource in the world is time. I want to talk about three different ways that you can increase your life expectation by using your time wisely. Each of us only has so much time to work with, and none of us are getting any younger. By making more effective use of your time, you have a better shot at achieving your personal goals. Improve your productivity with structured time In today’s always-connected age, we are bombarded by requests for our attention from left and right. One of my own dreams is to work from home, but one of the problems of working from home is that there are too many distractions; the TV is nearby, there is the temptation to “take a break” to play games or to check my email every five minutes, or I end up chatting … Read more…

Going Completely Green. Is it for You?

I just saw this post, New York Woman Shifts to Green, Saves More Than $10,000, and immediately thought “ooh, let’s save some money”.  Then I looked at what she did and, umm…yeah, I won’t do most of that.  Oh well, maybe one of you could benefit from her going green tips. Here’s the changes she went through (my responses are in italics): 1. Become vegetarian. I enjoy steak way too much. 2. Become vegan and only eat and use organic foods and items. I enjoy Kroger’s way too much. 3. “Become conscious and present to the world and nature around me, as well as to family, friends, and neighbors”. I think I’m very conscious about my surroundings and the people around me, but this is a good reminder. 4. Change consumption patterns. We are thinking about composting, but I don’t see our consumption patterns changing soon. 5. Saving money due to these shopping habit changes. See below. This is how she saves: 1. Switch to natural cleaning agents – saving $800-900/yr. I do like using vinegar since it’s cheap, but I do also use bleach, which is what she’s against the most. 2. Create zero waste – saving $180/yr. That’s … Read more…