Here's a blog that you can get tips on how to save money, live better, and be a little more environmentally friendly all at the same time.

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I’m tired of hearing about the economy, It seems to be something that most Americans can’t stop thinking about. Ever since I was able to comprehend what the “economy” was, I’ve never heard a good thing about it, unless it was far in the past. The economy does not change, people’s perception does. Physically, on planet earth, nothing changes the economy beside the people on it. So why do we, the people, complain about what we do to ourselves? This makes no sense to me and is only part of the reason I think Americans need to reevaluate their understanding of the world. This is not only regarding Americans, but anyone who thinks the “economy” is bad, and not just their interpretation of it. The “economy” is always good for me. I can change my life style and not live stagnantly. Stagnant life style seems to be the opposite of what people want in the year 2011. I see people busy-beeing around in their cars they can’t afford and yet they continue to whine about the economy. Sell your 10MPG SUV and get a bicycle, get into shape, and shut up.

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To look into solar energy! Solar energy is an excellent way to go green and save a lot of money. There are several ways to do this. Calling a local solar energy business to learn about different packages is a good place to begin. You can compare your current energy bill to that of the solar package you are looking at and easily find the point in which you’ll start saving money. Fortunately money isn’t the only plus side to doing this; you’ll be saving the environment as well. So do the planet and yourself a favor today by investing in solar energy. Sustainability for today and green in your pockets tomorrow!

"Caring for the environment is neither a chore nor a hobby, but rather a citizen’s duty. Look around, and get informed. Educate yourself about the impact of our society’s wasteful habits, it will soon become clear to you that we can’t keep on doing things the way we’ve done them for generations. If you don’t want to do it for yourself, then at least have some compassion for those that will succeed you."

- Bea Johnson 
Source: speakerforthetrees

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There are several different ways to start a community event. Putting posts on a bulletin board at city hall or local stores that have a board are two of the most common ways. There are other ways to do this as well. Talking to friends and getting a small group together and letting it grow by word of mouth is another good way to start an event.

Where I’m getting at with this is to gather a group of people to start growing trees or a garden in your community! It’s a great way to socialize and get exercise as well as help the environment. I know that a lot of people are looking for free entertainment and this is one of the better ways to get it.

It’s something great for children to get into the habit of doing. They are our future. If they enjoy doing this, they will be likely to start something similar or maintain the same group when they’re older.

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Now’s the time to caulk your window seals and add that suggested amount of insulation to your garage! It’ll save you some money and trust me, that’ll help you out on that holiday shopping you’ve got to do! 

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If you drink coffee and buy something nearly everyday, you might want to get a reusable container for that, a mug, etc. Styrofoam cups takes nearly 500 years to degrade and billions are used every year in America alone. These cups are not recyclable, at least not practically, they can’t be used to make new styrofoam or other products. Use something that will either degrade more quickly or is reusable. 

Most coffee shops that you buy things from will sell reusable mugs. Buy one of those and it’ll last years instead of using a cup that’s thrown away everyday. 

A lot of shops will credit you money too! 10 cents or more if you use a reusable tumbler on that purchase! 

China and US clash at climate talks

Source: speakerforthetrees

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Most people try and avoid traveling because of expenses, gas costs, hotel, whatever else you may do. There are some alternatives to this. If you use Amtrak to get to your destination this will probably reduce gas costs. It will cost you for your tickets to get on the train, but you will most likely be promoted to walk around and do things rather than drive everywhere once you’re there. 

Hostels are another great way to save money, I’m sure a lot of students have heard about it. Hostels cost a lot less than hotels but have rules most of the time, like being gone during the day, but this can’t be too bad, you’re traveling and should be out doing other things anyway! There are hostels in the U.S as well as other countries, so don’t be afraid to check them out.

I’ve personally stayed in hostels in Santa Cruz and various other places and have enjoyed my stay every time. I just go drop my stuff off in a hostel *the one I stayed at was 20 dollars a night* and then go do whatever I want to do. It’s an excellent way to meet people too, you can meet people from other countries a lot of the time. Most hostels actually have food there for you already at no extra charge! 

Source: mtweber.com

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Amberofabilene:

Here’s a recipe that I found that you may like, thanks to Tipnut.com:

Ingredients: 1 cup of borax (natural compound), 1 cup of baking soda (natural compound), and 2-3 drops of essential oils, these will make the dishes a little shinier.

As long as you mix the borax, baking soda, and essential oils in a plastic container you should be fine. Also, the recommended amount is 2 tablespoons per load.

Also, you can use vinegar in the rinse compartment to prevent any leftover residue.

If you’ve got any more questions, go ahead and shoot me an email at Greenjerrid@gmail.com.

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There are several benefits to making your own cleaning products, here’s the list:

1. You’ll be saving money! The ingredients are cheap and most people already have them.

2. You’ll be using a reusable bottle, so that’ll be environmentally friendly.

3. The ingredients are organic or abundant.

You can use 1 part water and 1 part vinegar to clean bathroom tile and kitchens, such as floors and stove/counter tops.

The three concoctions: 

1. Vinegar/Water = Kitchen and Bathroom cleaner, make sure it’s half vinegar and half water or else it will dissolve your tile grout.

2. Baking soda/vinegar/lemon juice = Soap Scum remover! It’s a great replacement for comet, this will create a paste like substance.

3. Olive oil/lemon juice = Furniture cleaner, use 1 cup of olive oil and 1/2 cup of lemon juice to clean the wood on your furniture.

Source: housekeeping.about.com