Browsing articles from "August, 2017"
Aug 10, 2017
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Getting the Best Deals on Back to School Supplies for the Kids

Believe it or not, August is almost half way over. That means only about three weeks before the kids are back in school. It can be tempting to put things off and enjoy the rest of the summer with as little work as possible, but you really should start thinking about school supplies. Getting them now before the rush is a smart idea and here are some tips on how you can save money while doing it:

It can be tempting to buy everything at one store, but that convenience will cost you. Why not make a list of what you need now and pick it up during your regular shopping runs?

One place for school supplies that many do not think of is the local dollar store. Don’t worry, you are not letting your child down by getting things there. The truth of the matter is, not everything school kids need has to be of top quality, so why not save on those items? Basics like pencils, crayons, and erasers will cost you less here. Be careful about paper, however, as it tends to be so thin as to be useless at standing up to the wear and tear of grade schoolers.

You can also price compare using the internet. Look at your list and check the prices charged by retailers in the area. Make note of which offers the best prices for each item, then buy the things you need from each retailer. That means a few more trips rather than just one, but the money saved will more than justify it.

Don’t forget about online retailers, like Amazon. Planning and buying early gives you the chance to order from online suppliers that can offer better deals than brick and mortar stores.

Take some of that money you save and treat the kids to dinner and a movie. That will help to alleviate the sadness they feel on the morning of September 5th.

Aug 4, 2017
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Global Warming: What Can We Do?

Everyone with a conscience is concerned about climate change and whenever someone mentions global warming, “What can we do?” is usually the next comment heard. While it is up to government, scientists, and industry leaders to shape final policy in this battle, there are a number of things the average person can do on their own that will help to make a difference.

Recycle

Take the time to properly sort your garbage for pick-up. Compost, if at all possible.

Filters

Make sure that your air conditioner, furnace, and dryer filters are clean as this reduces the amount of electricity the machines need.

Washing and Drying

It can be tempting to run a load of laundry whenever you need the clothes in question. Unfortunately, you are wasting energy and then compounding the problem with half a load in the dryer. Wait until both are full. You can also reduce dryer usage by letting clothes air dry.

Bathing

While a nice relaxing bath is tempting, you use less water showering. Also, cut back on the number of showers you take because such regular hot water exposure is hard on your skin.

Reduce Packaging Waste

If you can buy an economy version of a product, do that instead of purchasing multiple units of the same thing. That reduces the amount of packaging (and garbage) you will be contributing to landfills.

Eat Less Meat

In addition to being better for you, vegetarian and vegan diets contribute a far smaller carbon footprint than diets that regularly include meat. Even if you don’t wish to give up meat entirely, reducing your consumption can still help.

Car Efficiency

Keep your tires properly inflated and your engine properly tuned. Carpool, if possible, and plan out trips to get as much done as possible, so that you do not have to use the car more often than necessary.