Green Tip #150: Tetra Packs


As you know Sustainable PF and I are hitting the road soon on a road trip. I loaded up on some road trip food items yesterday while doing the groceries. One item was juice packs. Although I know that one large bottle of juice and cups would be more eco friendly, we won't have a cooler with us so that option is not feasible. Instead I bought juice tetra packs instead of juice bottles. Juice tetra packs will cost about the same or less than juice in bottles but they are more environmentally friendly to recycle. Check out our 365 Green…

Green Tip #149: Reduce the Load


Another automotive tip to help you save gas and improve gas mileage: Reduce the Load.  Simply put, don't pull unnecessay weight in, behind or on your car.  There is no need to keep the cargo box full or to keep your trailer hooked to the rear of your vehicle.  And why keep the trunk full when you don't need the stuff in there?  Added weight means your engine has to work harder to pick up and maintain speed.  So reduce vehicle drag and reduce the load and you will save on gas. Check out our 365 Green Tips Series!

Green Tip #148: Hit Up Garage Sales


We got up very early yesterday morning to check out an annual garage sale event only a couple of blocks away.  The proceeds from this garage sales go to non-profits. This event runs the entire street for at least 5 blocks.! We got a couple of plants, a glass jar and some tools and spent about $10. Garage sales are great ways to get stuff you need at a very reasonable price. Street garage sales are great because it gets buyers out all at once, meaning less traffic and gas spent than if separate sales were done. Items that are…

Green Tip #147: Safe Bug Juice


As we've mentioned last weekend we were visiting my family. It was a terrific visit all except for the bugs who got to all of us. A mix of black flies and mosquitoes and we have the bite marks to prove it! Unfortunately we forgot to bring our bug repellent with us but we'll be sure to do so on the next trip. I have never been a fan of big repellent because of the smell and the horrible taste if you accidentally get some in your mouth. So last year I was happy to find a natural bug repellent that…

Green Tip #146: How to Save on Gas? Cool Air


Yet another tip on how to save on gas which will help you save money and the environment.  How about this one.  Fill your gas tank in the morning or evening when it is cooler outside.   Gas is a liquid and when the temperature is cooler the gasoline condenses in terms of the weight but does not alter the volume it takes up.  You will get more out of each tank of gas by having it cooler. Any tips on how to save on gas? Check out our 365 Green Tips Series!

Our Sustainable Personal Financial Plan: The Base


[caption id="" align="alignright" width="190"] Image via Wikipedia[/caption] Sustainable Personal Finance celebrated it's 6 month anniversary over the Canadian "May 2-4" (Victoria Day) long weekend just a few days ago.  Over the past 6 months we have explored a lot of sustainability topics while mixing in financial analysis in articles about dog food, giving to charity, home renovations and how to save gas by leaving the car at home. Now that our feet are "wet" so to speak we will begin to explore more traditional personal finance topics in addition to our sustainability / green / eco articles.  To kick it…