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Saving Money on Your Trash?!

Did you know that you can save money when it comes to your garbage? It may not seem like much but it can add up over time. It also helps the environment so it’s a win-win situation.

Is there lost money in your garbage? Check out some items you may be sending to the landfill way too soon!

Here’s a list of a few ways your family can reduce the amount of garbage that you’re putting out every week. The savings might be mostly for the environment, but your pocketbook will also be happy if you pay for garbage removal! All these items also have a dollar value! If not to you then to someone else!  (Yes even the compost is sold in stores)

Recycling

Making sure to recycle everything that you can really cuts down on your household waste. Check with your local municipality to find out just what you can recycle in your area. Some of the items might surprise you.  For example we can recycle plastic bags and tinfoil. Why would you pay to get rid of this garbage if it can be recycled?

Compost/ Green Waste

If you’re lucky enough to live where they have green bins to recycle all your kitchen waste you should be taking full advantage of it! This is a great way to keep all of your compostable material out of the landfill. If you don’t live where a green bin program is in place you can use a compost bin. Composting is a very simple way to use your kitchen scraps and other materials. It also ends up giving you awesome dirt for your garden. When we purchased our composter it came with the book that had a full list of everything that could be composted. A few things that might surprise you is coffee grounds and dryer lint.

Electronic Waste

If you put batteries in it or plug it in odds are it can be recycled! All the electronics we use in today’s world can be taken apart once it’s useful life is over. The parts of the electronics can be recycled and used again in new products! In my area a few businesses have e-waste bins where you can drop off your old items for free. Even batteries & cables!

 

Donate Items

Do you have some clothes you will never fit into again, or perhaps they aren’t your style anymore? What about household items that still have lots of life left in them but are not of use to you any longer? All these items can be donated to a charity or thrift shop to be sold or given away to people in need. I like to donate my items to charities as I know any profit from the sale will go to a good cause!  No item that can still be used should end up in the landfill. There are so many people out there that could use them.

 

Did I miss any? Are there other items you use in another way to keep them out of the trash? I would love to hear about it the comments below.

 

Do You Recycle in the Bathroom?

If you have been to my house and used my bathroom you might have noticed I have 2 “garbage” pails. Although very few people ever ask me why. I do have a very good reason for having 2 pails in there.

Why you should have 2 "garbage" bins in your bathroom. Here's a hint they aren't both for garbage :)

 

Everyone has a garbage pail in their bathroom right? But do they have things going into it that doesn’t belong in the trash? Go now take a look 😉 The 2nd most common item in the bathroom garbage is usually the cardboard toilet paper roll. Continue reading

A Roomba for only $150, YES I DID!

You know that feeling when you are finally able to purchase something you have wanted for a long time? Something that you weren’t able to afford but really wanted!
I had that amazing feeling last month!  I was finally able to purchase a Roomba!

Roomba Deal

How was I able to afford such a luxury item while being a stay at home mom? My Norwex business did help. But the deal I got made it possible to convince my hubby! Continue reading

Value Your Time

Do you know how much value your time is worth? Do you use the time you have to it’s full potential? I use to think the value of my time was my hourly wage at work. A raise meant my time was more valuable. Boy was I wrong! Now it has been about 3 1/2 years since I have had an hourly wage put on my time. I feel much better about myself and about how valuable my time truly is.

Do you put the correct value on your time? Do you ever think about how much one simple cost cutting measure can help your bottom line? Check out why you should

original photo credit: Tony Hammond

When you have the choice of what to do with your time and you take full advantage Continue reading

Open Up Your Windows!

Quick tip on this gorgeous Friday! Open your windows!

Opening a window can help you save on energy costs this summer

Yes it’s that simple. Before we know it the weather will be getting VERY warm and you will want to reach for the fans and air conditioners. But before you do try opening up your windows. A fresh breeze can make a big difference in the temperature of your home.  We have air conditioning and only use it on the very hot days of the year!

 

What do you do to help keep costs low during the hot months?

 

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