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Posts Tagged ‘green’

Honesty is the Best Policy

In Uncategorized on May 12, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Let me be frank. I haven’t updated this blog in, oh, five zillion years. And for that, I want to apologize to my followers, though I am 99 percent sure there aren’t any at this point. But I do want to let any lone readers out there know that I will be updating this blog much more frequently. I stopped because I reached a very difficult point in my life, and everything just got busier and harder (as growing up tends to make life). However, I am starting to get back into a groove again, and I feel inspired to write about, what else, money! I have no money at this point. Zero. Zilch. Nada. But that’s OK, because I am finding ways to survive! I would like to share those ways with you all, but I’ve got to go cook up some cheap-o spaghetti noodles with cheap-o sauce and cheap-o cheese so I have the energy to fuel my brain with better ideas for posts. I tend to ramble, so I don’t want to waste anyone’s time while they are perusing my site. I promise, I really do have some good ideas. So stick around!

But be prepared, the sob story will come before the fantastic ideas. And by sob story I mean: Wah, I have no money. But trust me, it is not the end of the world! However, if you have no income, period, you may want to look into getting a job. Unfortunately, this society we live in thrives on the green stuff.

Sigh, I’m rambling again. Ta ta for now!

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3 ways to save green going green

In Uncategorized on May 15, 2009 at 11:30 am

So I’m sure most of you have heard about “going green.” Maybe some of you want to; maybe some of you don’t. But there is one thing you should keep in mind: going green can save you money (as long as it’s not buying organic).

1. Bicycle — For the most part, gas prices have dwindled down past the $4 mark, but gas is still an expense that will never be free. People need cars and also need to fuel them. But, for those of you that drive your vehicle a little too much, a bike can be a fantastic investment. It will only set you back $100 – $200 and will save money in the long run. Plus, biking is a form of exercise! So, while you pedal to your destination you can tighten those glutes and firm up those gams.

This 26" Schwinn is only $119 at Walmart!

This 26" Schwinn is only $119 at Walmart!

2. Take baths — Showers may be quick and easy (I myself am a fan of them) but if you are a fan of the half-hour to hour long shower, you’re washing money down the drain. Baths are just as relaxing as showers, maybe even more so, and you can sit in there for as long as your little heart desires! So, go ahead — treat yourself to some scented candles and a bubble bath. It will lower your water bill and ease your nerves.

3. Turn off the light, turn off the light — Aside from being a sweet oldie from Nelly Furtado, turning off the lights saves money! Much of the savings depends upon the type of lighting being used, however. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, incandescent lights should be turned off as often as possible; only about 10-15 % of the energy used results in light and the rest is turned into heat. Flourescent lights should only be turned off if no one will be in the room for 15 minutes or more. The logic is this: floursecent light bulbs are fairly expensive, and turning the light on and off during short periods of time can cause the bulb to wear out faster, costing more money to replace the bulb in the long run.