Green Tip #211: Support Refills


While picking up my new glasses today I was handed a bottle of cleaning solution. While the cleaning solution itself is not green (no one has invented it yet) the store we bought our glasses from will simply refill your bottle when it's empty instead of giving you a whole new bottle. It saves them money and saves me space in my recycling bin. A  local company that I buy soap and lotion from are working towards being able to refill containers as well. So next time you purchase a product in a container from a local place ask if they can refill…

Green Tip #210: E-Cards


I discovered this great site for e-cards while in University: http://www.care2.com/ecards/. I always found one I liked and I helped save the rain forest at the same time! We also went electronic for our wedding invitations. It was a great tool to use to make sure I marked friends and family members birthdays without spending any money. Sending cards this way is also greener than by post since no emissions are taken up getting your card to your loved one. Check out our 365 Green Tips Series! If you like our writing and want to follow us further please follow…

Eco Friendly Houses With Real Curb Appeal


[caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Image by andrewmalone via Flickr[/caption] Architecture has long been a major influence on our lives and in more ways than we may realize. Designing and building the perfect living space is just one part of the package, but what about the efficiency and performance of the property? The way a renovation or new build fits in with the modern desire for eco-friendly houses and living environments is an important consideration, and while we read of such ideals all the time, far too few of us actually put it into practice. A new breed of architects is…

Green Tip #209: Small Footprint Travels


As I was brushing the dog outside yesterday a family biked down the street. A mum, a dad and a kid in a very neat child carrier in the  back. This made me think back to my family bike trips as a kid. We often started from home and spent a couple of hours along some body of water, always stopping for the most amazingly greasy french fries or cool and refreshing ice cream at the end. The snack at the end was a must for us kids. So if you have kids, nieces or nephews or your friends need a little time off, consider taking…

4 Tips For Cheap Dating


[caption id="" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Image by mikebaird via Flickr"][/caption] One of the most important aspects of living frugally is learning how to live frugal, but also be reasonable about it.  For example, if you want to reduce your out-to-eat expenses each month by 15-20%, you shouldn’t simply stop tipping your waiter!  Not tipping would be miserly, not frugal.  Keeping that romantic flame alive is no different.  You don’t want to stop spending money altogether on dates and special surprises.  Instead, you just need to get creative when it comes to cheap dating.  Once you open the fountain of creative thinking…

Green Tip #208: Staple Free


While I try to avoid printing documents as much as possible sometimes it is necessary. When these documents are several pages long I turn to my trusted staple free stapler to hold them all together. They will cost you at least half of what a normal stapler will plus they save you in the long run because there is no need to refill them! Also, you never have to get annoyed again that you have run out of staples just as you are putting together an important document.  Moreover wouldn't it be better for all those little pieces of metal…