Once a month I fill a plastic egg crate with items I don't need and donate it to the Salvation Army or another local thrift store. It's a good way to get rid of clothes that no longer fit (hopefully due to weight loss) and it helps those in need. Other items are also helpful - the towel with the bleach stain on it can help a shelter animal, the duplicate blanket or coat you got for Christmas can help a homeless person, etc.
Keeping several bottles of water in the car in those little side pockets on the door, you know the ones that normally collect debris or trash. Stays cold all winter! Last summer, I really didn't mind the warm water. At least I had water. What started out as an accident has become a habit for me!
The power is OUT! Flashlights dim? Candles too dangerous with kids/pets? No batteries left in the store? Try the little individual solar lights designed for outdoors. I bought some at a discount store for cheap. I keep a few on my sunny fencepost...they stay clean and within easy reach to bring inside for great indoor lighting in an emergency or any day to save electricity and use the sun's free energy.
I'm not very crafty or do it yourself, but I have a body scrub addiction and it was starting to cost too much..so I looked into doing it myself and it was so easy! I use good ol' white sugar (you can also use salt or brown sugar for varying textures - I like it rough) and I mixed it with lime infused olive oil. I had that as a gift and am unsure of how much it would cost to buy, but you could use plain olive oil also and then just add some essential oils for yummy scents.
I've read that a full refrigerator uses less energy because it's not working to cool the air that gets exchanged whenever the door opens. So I keep mine full of gallons of water which are easy to remove if I get groceries that need the space.
This works if you live in a dry climate and get some plain cloth bags. I made my cloth bags out of sturdy kitchen towels. Before going to the market, soak the bags in clean water. When foods go into the bag, they will keep cool and fresh until you get home. It's the miracle of evaporative cooling! Be sure to rinse and dry the bags after use.
Forget commercial removers...gentle scrap vinyl pattern off with a metal scraper then with a spray bottle filled with warm water spray the remaining paper until damp then wait a couple of minutes then scrap the remaining off.
Adobo peppers always come in cans that have roughly a cup of peppers in each- yet recipes rarely call for more than 1 or 2 as they are so hot. Unless you make mexican every night- you're going to be wondering what to do with the ones you didn't use. With this trick you'll never throw away extra peppers- and you ALWAYS have some handy when you need them.
I refuse to pay more for less. Those cute little individual packages of snacks for kids and other controlled portion needs are every where! They are bad for my budget and the environment. I just measure out 100 calorie servings or 1 serving size and store them in tiny reusable bowls with lids. The kids love to help and it might take me 20 minutes a month. It also helps to make sure i do not grab the whole box of cheese-its when watching a movie!
I suffer from CFS & cannot tolerate a lot of chemicals. I can clean everything around the house with a mixture of vinegar, bicarb (baking) soda, water & paper towels.
We're now serious about not wasting electricity. We have convinced ourselves to look at each light bulb, radio, fan, etc. as water faucets for electricity. Would you wash your hands and walk away leaving the faucet to run all day? Of course not! Keep reading... there's more...
I have a daily flip calendar on my desk. At the end of the year when I replace the old pages with the new, I clip the old ones together and use them as a note pad on my desk for miscellaneous notes, calls, numbers, whatever. It saves me from using new note pads!
Guacamole has a tendency for turning brown very quickly. To prevent this, press a sheet of plastic wrap onto the guacamole ensuring that no air is caught in between. By doing this your guacamole will stay green longer.
Sew a drawstring bag from two kitchen towels. When you wash your lettuce, you can put it in the bag and shake so that the towels absorb the moisture. The towel bag can be washed and recycled. Use this for washing grapes too!
I have been using the Diva Cup for almost a decade, and the thought of going back to tampons and pads is horrifying. The Diva Cup has saved me hundreds of dollars, reduced the severity of my cramps, and nearly eliminated leaks. I can use it without worrying during the most vigorous exercising.
I make a green smoothie most mornings to give my fruit and veggie intake a kick start. Simple combinations of mildly flavored greens and delicious fruits can pack in as many as 5 or 6 servings in one go! These are scrumptious and portable. Don't let the color scare you :)
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