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Reusable vs. disposable — which is best?

by Karen on August 29, 2012

Marketing companies have drawn a pretty clear line in the sand between disposable products and reusable ones. Disposable is synonymous with convenience, ease of use, and less work — but you pay a higher price for that convenience. Reusable products are better for your wallet and the environment, but harder work. Is this always the […]

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Strategies for kicking the paper towel habit

by Karen on January 30, 2012

I’ve written about kicking my paper towel addiction before, but it’s one of those things that I never got around to doing. I convinced myself that I still needed paper towels for cleaning up things like raw chicken in the kitchen or wiping down toilet seats when cleaning, and so I continued buying them in […]

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Our cloth diapering game plan

by Karen on September 13, 2010

Since we’ll be using cloth diapers, and cloth diapers aren’t particularly easy to add to a registry, I’ve already started to stock up. Here’s what I’ve collected so far: 4 Flip covers (clearance) 2 Econobum covers (clearance) 2 Bummis Whisper Wrap covers 1 SmartiPants pocket diaper (won in a blog contest at Sense to Save) […]

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This past Saturday, cities and households throughout the world observed Earth Hour. Once a year, families, businesses, and cities shut off the lights for one hour to raise awareness about energy conservation. Tony and I observed the tradition with candles, an game of Battleship, and Jones Soda root beer, and it was actually a lot […]

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Benefits of keeping the thermostat low

by Karen on November 12, 2009

In the winter, we keep our apartment pretty chilly. The thermostat rarely goes above 65 degrees. It’s just the two of us and our dog, who has a built-in fur coat and spends most of the winter cuddled between us anyway, so we’re able to keep it that cold pretty easily. Even if you can’t […]

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Oh, organic food. Why are you so expensive?

by Karen on October 7, 2009

Weekend before last, Tony and I saw the documentary “Food Inc.” for free on his campus. It was an incredibly well produced, enjoyable film, even for people who aren’t into documentaries. But it scared the crap out of us. I won’t go into gory details here. I do recommend watching it, but if you’re squeamish […]

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I’ve tried herb gardening a couple times before, and the results were dismal. But I’ve never been a quitter, so I’m giving it another go. Last weekend, I picked up three herb plants from Lowes — sweet basil, thyme, and rosemary. At $3 each, they cost the same as fresh cut herbs at the grocery […]

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Frugality is good for the Earth

by Karen on April 22, 2009

Everyone’s thinking about ways to be more eco-conscious these days. We’re also thinking about ways to save money. Luckily, the two go well together. Most of the habits that are good for the Earth are also good for your budget. Here are some little changes you can make to help your wallet and the planet: […]

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Planning ahead to keep cooling costs down

by Karen on April 14, 2009

Photo by snapapicture This may seem premature depending on what part of the country you live, but it’s already time for us to start thinking about summer cooling costs. The temperature here over the weekend was a beautiful 75-80 degrees. However, because we live on the third floor, a balmy 80 degrees outside usually means […]

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