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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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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If you plan on going short distances, less than 2-3 miles, try riding your bike today to that destination. It’ll cut down on overall maintenance on your vehicle and will also save you gas money. Plus it’s a great source of exercise.

Health benefits of cycling:

1. Reduces risk of heart disease.

2. Tones your muscles (typically upper thighs and calves).

3. It increases your stamina! This will make your overall life easier, you’ll feel less stressed.

4. It reduces anxiety and depression.

5. Ensures control in your blood pressure.

6. It typically increases the overall health, weight control, body temperature, etc.

7. It’s been found affective in treating people with cancer and diabetes.

You have to remember that this can also become a social thing, you can meet up with people and bicycle around and go places. It’s a great habit to get into and you won’t regret it in your future. If you have a partner (boyfriend/girlfriend or spouse) this is an excellent thing to do with them, it’ll bring you closer together and it’s a really enjoyable thing to do.

Plus it’s 100% environmentally friendly! As long as you don’t throw your bike away before its time.

My sources today: Iloveindia.com

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Before I get started, please do not make your soap with palm oil. It contributes to the deforestation of the rainforest and ruins the environment and ecosystems for orang-utans. Four percent of green house gases are directly linked to palm oil harvesting as well.

Required Items:

1. Six ounces of olive or coconut oil as a base.

2. Two tablespoons of olive oil.

3. Fifteen drops of essential oils, if you want.

4. Dried herbs or flower petals if you want.

5. Soap molds (to make them into whatever shape you want)

6. A microwave.

8. Microwave safe bowl.

9. Plastic spoon/stirring stick.

10. 

How to get started: 

The easiest way to get started is with a melt and pour soap base that already contains olive oil or a soap base with coconut oil and add the pure olive oil.

1. Line up all the ingredients you’re going to use and have them ready to put into the mold.

2. Cut 6 ounces of the olive oil base or coconut oil base into small pieces. 

3. Heat the base in the microwave safe bowl for 10 seconds at a time, stirring in between the heating sessions.

4. When the base is melted, quickly add the 2 ounces of olive oil and whatever  essential oils or dried flowers/herbs you’re planning on using into the mixture, make sure to stir them all in, this is essential.

5. Quickly pour them into whatever shape mold you’re using, in either two 3 ounce molds, or one 6 ounce.

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Having a home garden can be a major benefit to you. if you keep herbs and spices planters in the kitchen window seal, that’ll save you some dough. If you grow tomatoes and other things, that’ll save you some money too. All of these savings slowly accumulate and pretty soon you’ll be buying little to no vegetables. 

When I was little, I had neighbors on both sides, I lived in an urban area. One neighbor grew figs and herbs and spices while the other grew peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, and much more. We grew tomatoes and some herbs and spices as well. Throughout the year our families would probably save $200 or more. This is one example of how gardening can be beneficial to your wallet and you.

When you grow vegetables at home you know that little to no pesticides are being used, and you know that they’re good for you because you watched them grow with your own eyes!

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Another small way to help our world is to use cleaning products that contain little to no chemicals that are harmful to our environment. Note that soap and all of these things that we use to wash our cars and products in our homes go directly into the rivers and oceans. I do know that these things are sometimes filtered, but they still do have a major effect on our environment, due to the massive amounts used with in our societies. 

After doing some thorough research on products created by Green Irene, I discovered that their products are generally less harmful to the environment and people. The cost difference is very little to none and they have tons of products. Anything from glass cleaner to stain and odor eliminators. 

Another REALLY interesting product I found was the Water Conservation Kit, it allows you to heat up the water before actually using any, which most other shower heads don’t allow. The kit also includes other products as well, check it out for all of the details. It’s not bad looking either.

 

The products also come with reusable bottles. Refills for the bottles are available. So the first purchase will always be the most expensive, but after that it’s pure savings. Check out http://www.greenirene.com/ when you get a chance!

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Gardening can be another way to reduce your cost on food products and it’s very healthy for you as well. It gets you out of the house and outside in the sun! The sun actually contains vitamins which people are supposed to take in daily, but not too much of it at the same time. The vitamin in which sunlight contains is vitamin D. Gardens also require a lot of upkeep, so you won’t have a problem getting out daily and obtaining these vitamins. It’s also very educational and fun I believe.

Blueberries themselves actually have a lot of health benefits. They contain vitamin C, dietary fiber, and manganese. They have virtually no fat and only 80 calories per cup. Vitamin C keeps your gums and capillaries healthy, while fiber keeps your cholesterol level down, and the manganese is essential for the development of bones. They also contain antioxidants, these antioxidants are used to get rid of any molecules that aren’t stable. Unstable molecules can lead to diseases, such as cancer and even eventually Alzheimer’s disease.

So today I did some research about blueberries. Blueberries require very fine soil, the plant likes moisture, well drained soil mixture is preferred. One thing to keep in mind is how acidic your soil is. Blueberries really like a pH level of 4-5. This acid releases sulfur and zinc, which makes the blueberries thrive. The pH levels are on a scale of 1-14, 1 being the most acidic, and 14 being the least.

How to take a pH test: 

1. Dig a hole a couple inches deep.

2. Remove any debris, such as twigs or rocks.

3. Fill the hole with water that is either bottled or distilled. 

4. Put the test probe into the water (which is now more like mud), make sure the meter is clean and calibrated before you insert it.

5. Wait 60 seconds and take a reading.

6. Sometimes it’s good to repeat this test in different areas of the garden to make sure the entire area is good for the blueberry plant’s growth. 

If the reading is 4-5, this is ideal for blueberries. If it’s too acidic (below 3), I would add peat moss around the base of the plant and cover it with mulch. If it’s not acidic enough, you can actually just plant the blueberries in the peat moss themselves.

This here is a meter I found, it’s Solar and at Ace Hardware. The cost is $13.99, check it out if you don’t already have a meter.  

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I went to a website and found out a few facts about makeup and cosmetic products. Here’s a list of the facts.

1. The average consumer uses 15-25 cosmetic products a day (including teens).

2. These products used with in one day usually have 150+ chemicals total in them.

3. Some of these chemicals that are in the products are used to do other industrial work, such as break plastic down, stabilize pesticides, and clean equipment.

4. These chemicals can harm your health and are can create hormone problems, reproductive disorders, and even cancer.

The problem:

A 2004 survey done by the cosmetic industry shows that 90% of girls 14 years of age and older use makeup and cosmetic products. This age group is extremely susceptible to hormone and reproductive disorders.

Article where I found my information:

 http://articles.sfgate.com/2006-09-27/home-and-garden/17312849_1_campaign-for-safe-cosmetics-chemicals-eye-shadow

The alternatives:

1. Don’t use as much makeup, which I would think to be an inexpensive solution.

2. Use other makeup and cosmetic products that are organic, surprisingly these products are a lot less expensive.

A website that has some good cosmetics that are organic is Beautorium.


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Today I stumbled across some reusable plates, utensils, and other things that are made from bamboo and are 100% safe for your health. I’ve decided that these are an EXCELLENT replacement for anyone who uses paper plates and plastic utensils for parties or picnics often. They are rather inexpensive and light weight, as well as easy to clean. 

This is a picture of one of the plates, there are several more options on the website ( bambu-veneerware.html )

Visit if this is the case for you. Like I said, they’re rather inexpensive, so I personally think it’s worth the investment. 

The products biodegrades in 4-6 months, which makes them ideal for the environment. 

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The average person in the world can take an extra 15 seconds a day to rinse a can or bottle and save it in their garage or home in a separate recycling bin or basket and then at the end of each couple weeks or so you can empty them and get a little bit of a refund. This adds up if you do this consistently. For example, if you live with three people, and each person uses one can or bottle each day, that’s about 7-8 cents per can or bottle. After about 3 weeks, you’d have a few dollars. Now multiply that by 17, that’s over 50$ a year in savings for just rinsing your cans and bottles and setting them aside. Mind you, I rinse mine, I do not appreciate ants coming into my home and swarming my belongings to consume that left over soda or juice. Fifty dollars, for me personally, is equal to 2 pairs of jeans that will last me over a year. This is one way to save a little bit of money that will mitigate the stress on your life, especially if you’re on a budget.