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Enroll in Paperless Billing

One of the things I hate most is junk mail. Even though I chose to opt out of junk mail, I still receive some things I consider junk that apparently isn’t technically junk mail. It’s so annoying! While I think coupons are great for saving money, I also usually can’t find coupons for many things I buy because we don’t really buy processed food, and we try to limit our consumerism. You don’t ever see coupons to save money on fresh fruit and produce. Still, we receive the huge coupon mailers in the mail that I have to try to recycle or do something with. In order to cut down on the amount of mail we receive and also reduce our carbon footprint, I’ve enrolled in paper less billing for most of my bills. I guess I had forgotten to include our health insurance company in the paper less billing because we receive paper statements from them every quarter. I have had good intentions to change that, but then I forget and since it’s quarterly, I am not reminded until […]

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How to Prevent Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are disgusting little creatures that invade their way into your home and make themselves comfortable in your mattress.  While you are sleeping, they make their way out of their hiding spots in your mattress to feast on your body.  Gross!  It seems like there have been many more outbreaks of bedbugs lately, and the thought of getting them in my house scares the pants off me.  Ick.  I’m doing everything I can to prevent bringing bedbugs in my house, and you should too!  I think it is much easier to prevent bedbugs than it is to get rid of them.  I know someone once who had gotten bed bugs and had to trash all their mattresses and buy new ones.  That’s not frugal or green! I’ll share with you some of the tips we use to prevent bed bugs. -When staying at a hotel, we make sure to leave all our belongings out in the hallway before taking them into a room.  Usually I’ll have Mr. Money hang out in the hallway with everything while I do a […]

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Castile Soap Uses

Castile soap is an all natural soap generally made out of only olive oil.  It’s very pure and gentle on the skin, which makes it a great soap to use for bathing.  I love to buy a large bottle of Dr. Bronner’s from Amazon every few months. It is also sometimes sold in bulk at health food stores. I’ve found the best price is from Amazon.  It looks like a lot of soap, but once you start using it to its full potential, you’ll go through it faster than you thought! Castile Soap Uses -Castile Soap makes an excellent baby shampoo.  If you’re afraid to do no poo on your baby, Dr. Bronner’s makes an excellent “baby mild” castile soap that’s unscented.  It can also double as a baby wash, and you don’t have to worry about harsh chemicals irritating your baby’s skin. -Cleaning the toilet is easy when you squirt in a few drops of castile soap.  Scrub using your toilet brush, and you’re good to go!  I also add some baking soda in to help with a little […]

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A Minimalist Lifestyle

Minimalism really speaks to me for many reasons.  Living with less is truly gratifying if it’s something you are interested in. A few of the reasons I like the idea of minimalism is because I save money by not buying new things, my existing things don’t cost as much money as if I had the upkeep of more items, and I’m not contributing to the consumerism.  I hate supporting large companies that don’t care about their workers, the environment, or anything other than their bottom line. I love the idea of not keeping things in my home that aren’t useful or that I love.  If it’s not something that I use on a regular basis, it’s gone.  If I don’t absolutely love it, it’s gone.  Of course, some things (like holiday decorations) are excluded but not exempt.  This year I went through my Christmas decorations and donated some items that I had been hanging onto just because I had the room. Even though it may seem like I’m always decluttering and donating items, I don’t think I’ll ever be a […]

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Natural Laundry Detergents

I’ve researched natural laundry detergent for quite some time.  I’m pretty picky when it comes to laundry detergent, and I like to choose something that is friendly to our bodies as well as the planet.  I continue to make my own laundry detergent using my laundry detergent recipe, but there are times that I’ve run out or just wanted to try something else.  I also know there are plenty of people that just don’t want to make their own laundry detergent, and that’s understandable.  I’m going to share with you my favorite natural laundry detergents that you can buy and use yourself. Dr. Bronner’s Soap –Dr. Bronner’s. Dr. Bronner’s soap is a staple in our household.  We use it for everything from washing dishes, cleaning around the house, and even cleaning our bodies!  I buy it in bulk from Amazon by the gallon.  It is all natural, suds well, and cleans fabulously!  To use Dr. Bronner’s as laundry detergent, just squirt about 1/8 of a cup of the soap into your soap dispenser on your washing machine.  I like using […]

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New Scott Tube Free Bath Tissue

If you’re one of those people that just can’t hack the idea of cloth toilet paper, you can take other steps to save money on toilet paper.  If you’re concerned about the environment, you can feel good about a new product that Kimberly-Clark has just unveiled: Scott Tube Free Bath Tissue.  It’s a pretty simple concept: it’s toilet paper without the cardboard tube in the middle.  Ingenious? Yes.  Perfect? No.  While I am ecstatic that a company has come up with a solution that will have a positive impact on the environment, I also think that they could improve the product as well. I love the fact that they are challenging the norm of toilet paper and venturing somewhere no one has gone before.  Toilet tissue has always contained a cardboard tube in the middle.  It does a good job of holding the bath tissue in place on the roll, but it seems that it is also something that can be eliminated.  By eliminating the cardboard tube, many trees that would have been cut down to make the cardboard tube […]

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