Want Lights Out? Try An Insurance Policy

  There is a painless way to get your kids (or anyone else in your house) to douse the lights when they leave a room. WASTE NOT | Desperate times call for desperate measures, and the times were desperate around my house. After what seemed like eons of continual nagging by me and my husband,…

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Green recipes for cosmetics and cleaning products

Here are come cosmetic recipes from The Health and Environment Awareness Project, The McGill Centre for Research and Teaching on Women, Breast Cancer Action Montreal: Cleansing and Exfoliating Grains This exfoliant is used to stimulate and improve circulation to the skin, slough off dead skin cells and polish the skin. – 1 cup finely ground…

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Safety {Razor} First

  Talk about spending dumb—gentlemen, stop the insanity by saying no to the multiple-blade shave. SPEND SMART | George Giannakos is 24 years old and has been shaving with a safety razor for almost five years. He learned how to shave using a multiple-blade system, but when his dad brought home a steel safety razor…

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Ordinary and Amazing: Vinegar Cleans Up Good

When it comes to certain kinds of cleaning jobs, distilled white vinegar really is the liquid miracle it’s touted to be. What is it about ordinary distilled white vinegar that encourages list making? Google “vinegar” and you’ll see what I mean. Here are a few of the crazy numbers vinegar lovers throw around in their…

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Check your leftover school supplies before buying more!

It was the moment I had been putting off all summer — organizing for the first day of school. Having to find rulers, notebooks, running shoes and gym clothes during the summer holidays makes it feel like summer is over. While kids seem to like all the preparation, and the shopping that comes with it,…

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Car Wars – sharing the green way…

Both The Car Co-op and Zipcar have distinct advantages. So how do you choose which company to go with? Belinda Bruce does your legwork. An article from Frugalbits!  http://frugalbits.com/what-is-frugalbits/   SAVE ALL AROUND | You love having your own car but you hate the expense and annoyance: gas, insurance, repairs, car payments. For people who…

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More Trees Please!

Trees are a magical addition to any garden; here are a few of the surprising tricks they can do—plus a way to keep a lid on their cost. MONEY WELL SPENT |  In the landscape of memory, trees define the countryside. As the most prominent and long-lived of all vegetation (think giant sequoia), they are…

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