May 4, 2010

Go Green and Save Money



TOP 5 Ways YOU Go Green
(And Save Money In The Process)


Don't worry, I want to hear from you, too!
I'm going to ask you to send me your TOP FIVE...

but for now here are my top 5:

1. I know you've heard about turning off lights when they are not in use...
I will ask you to go one step further.
Ready?


UNPLUG all outlets in EVERY room you DO NOT use daily.




That is right, the coffee grinder that you only use once a week (unplug it!)
How about the lamp in the corner of the guest room that no one uses until Grandma and Grandpa come to visit (unplug it!)

You will be amazed at the savings from this tiny tip.
I was so excited when I got my electric bill after doing this, I even went BACK around the house to make sure I didn't miss any plugs.
Don't forget the garage and back yard.
It works!


2. Shop at consignment shops, thrift stores or
second hand apparel shops.





Not only are you re-using goods, you are also saving money.
Things are never full price when they are "gently used".

Don't forget about Ebay, Craigslist and Garage Sales?

**For an added bonus, list/sell your OWN items
and put some green backs in
your wallet and do good for the environment.

I recently took my three daughters to a new found second hand clothing store.
We scored.
New clothes for everyone, name brands and a fraction of the cost.
The girls were thrilled and can't wait to go back for more loot.

3. You've seen me post this before:

USE YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY



Rather than purchase new books,
simply check them out at your tried and true, local library.
If they don't have what you are looking for,
put your name on the waiting list or request that particular book.
They'll let you know when it's in!

4. This is an easy one...

DITCH THE PLASTIC DISPOSABLE BOTTLES OF WATER





You already know these suckers are filling up our land fills and are a complete waste of money.

Purchase a inexpensive reusable, refillable water bottle and buy a Brita!

Refill your water and be on your way...

5. Finally,
RECYCLE YOUR ALUMINUM CANS AND PLASTIC BOTTLES.
TAKE THEM DOWN TO A RECYCLE CENTER
AND WALK AWAY WITH CASH!





It is very appealing and easy to simply collect your cans, bottles
and milk jugs for your curbside recycling.

You can actually look up the location of your local recycle collection center and
YOU will be the one walking away with the cash.

My daughters and I decided to make a concerted effort to collect these recyclables.
We kept a jar of all our collection earnings.
We called it our DISNEY JAR.
We used the money for "extras" on a family trip to the Happiest Place On Earth.

We were also proud of our efforts.

I know you are already doing things
that are GREEN in your house.


Please take a minute and share how you do it.


Thanks in advance for your wisdom and ideas.

And as always, thanks for visiting.



3 comments:

  1. Good list Wendy. I am going to go through my house today and unplug things. We don't have much in, but I am going to look for more. I have a couple ideas already.
    My green tip is for my cleaning supplies. I mix vinegar and water with a few drops of essential oils and use it to clean almost everything. It is super cheap and way better for my family's health than using all those chemicals.
    Can't wait to see the other tips.

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  2. Hi Wendy,

    Don't know if this counts as going green but it puts a few $$ in my pocket and it's a take off of your consignment shop idea. I take the kids clothing and sometimes ours to a consignment shop and sell it. They also take household goods. You know, stuff that's too good to give away.

    Always a pleasant surprise when I get my check in the mail.

    Lisa

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  3. That is totally green! REDUCE, REUSE, and RECYCLE...that definitely fits the bill...pardon the pun.

    Thanks for contributing, and as always, thanks for visiting.

    Always surprised that people actually visit my blog. Yeah! It's just not me writing to myself.

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