Frugal Friday-Word to your mother….Earth that is.

21 Apr

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Happy Frugal Friday and happy Earth Day! My inner hippie is glowing from the inside because of Earth Day and all the good deals that come with it!

Some tips for saving money while living green:

*Reusable mug when getting coffee or tea. I feel better about not using a paper cup plus my tumbler is cute and resembles a Starbucks cup.

*Reusable bags when shopping-duh-like you haven’t heard of scene this one before.

*Re-use Ziplock bags and tin foil. I know it sounds kinda cheap but if it have a ziplock bag where I’ve stores dry ingredients in, I will wash and reuse it for something else. I am not letting them go to waste unless there is something wrong with them. I do the same with tin foil that is in good condition and hasn’t been holding anything perishable within it.

*Buy items in bulk  bins such as nuts, oats, grains, rice, etc.

*Use rags instead of paper towels. If I am giving away shirts to Goodwill or one has a stain that I can’t get out of it and it looks hopeless, I will cut into pieces and use for cleaning up. You can get a lot out of one shirt and

*Buy used items instead of new. You all know I love my thrift stores and if I can get something there for 75% less than a new item, you can bet you’re a$$ I’ll be buying it!

*Find new ways to use common items found around your house. Lisa recently posted about how ice cube trays aren’t just for ice this past week and I seriously got giddy seeing all the creative ways you can use plain old ice cube trays. Get creative!

*Grow your own produce and herbs. I’ve yet to try this since I’ve never lived in an apartment that has gotten enough sunlight to make it grow but I want to do this so badly. Especially after seeing the prices of tomatoes and basil lately! It kills me to know I could be paying a lot less for them compared to at the store or farmers market.

Earth Day Deals!!!

*Bring a reusable cup or tumbler into Starbucks and get a free coffee or tea today!

*Caribou Coffee is also offering a free coffee of the day to those who bring in a reusable cup today, I will be hitting that up in the afternoon.

*Word on the street (well, the street that my friends who do have Whole Foods is)  is that Whole Foods is having an array of activities at select stores on Earth Day such as free coffee, free yoga, free composting class, etc. Check out their site to see if your Whole Foods is hosting an event!

*Bring five plastic bags into the Disney Store and receive a reusable shopping bag

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I may have to go to the Disney store, the bag is adorable!

*Take part in the Zoya Nail Polish Exchange!  Send in your nail polish for a new bottle of Zoya nail polish for only $4 per bottle for shipping and processing. This could be a great way to clean out your medicine drawer and get some new colors for summer on your digits!

*Like Powerade Zero on Facebook and get a BOGO Free coupon to print out right away!

What have you done to be more green?

Any good Earth Day deals that you know of?

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16 Responses to “Frugal Friday-Word to your mother….Earth that is.”

  1. Vixter2010 April 22, 2011 at 6:40 am #

    Happy earth day! I love the Disney bag 🙂

  2. Natalie @ Will jog for food April 22, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    I use a reusable coffee mug…but other than that I have to admit that I’m not too green. I NEED to get better!

  3. Amy @ Second City Randomness April 22, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    I always reuse ziplock bags! Why not?
    And I recycle- hopefully. Sometimes I’m skeptical about the recycle bins at my apartment complex… but we’re going to cross our finger.

  4. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg April 22, 2011 at 8:11 am #

    Great tips…Happy Earth Day!!

  5. Lisa (I'm an Okie) April 22, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    I reuse ziploc baggies too! people just call me cheap for it…I figure I am cheap for it but Im also helping the Earth!

  6. According to Gus April 22, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    Happy Earth Day! Love the eco-friendly tips – we reuse ziploc baggies too. 🙂

    Thanks for the Starbucks reminder!

  7. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl April 22, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    These are great tips! I don’t know why someone didn’t think of reusable shopping bags a long time ago! We could have saved TONS of plastic!

  8. christina April 22, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    i really really really love the title of this post. so much that i made it my facebook status. and then i felt guilty for stealing it from you so i removed it hahaha i love you

  9. Carly April 22, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    I love all of your tips! Reusable bags are my favorite – it’s so easy to do! I found one that i can roll up really small and keep in my purse. This way even if I’ve forgotten my bigger ones, I still have something to use!

  10. OliePants April 22, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    Happy Earth Day – love the post title!!! I love using reusable grocery bags. I hate having the plastic bags around anyway so the cloth bags are much better!

  11. Monique April 22, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    i got my free coffee today!

    i took the train to work from my doctors office even though i really wanted to take a cab.

    i want my bed. i will keep the lights off… thats green.

  12. Ashleigh April 22, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

    Sipping my free starbucks right now 🙂

    I’m big on reusable mugs, reusable bags, resuing my ziplocs, recycling EVERYTHING, not doing laundry often… u know, the usual!

  13. Suzy Eats April 23, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    Thanks for the info on the nail polish. I am going to look into that 🙂

  14. bakebooks April 23, 2011 at 7:40 pm #

    You are so unique and special for doing these posts! And “Green” Day is great for you – your cool background color 🙂

    Hmm…I could really do so much more…I’m trying to be more conscious of the types of meats I buy and I bring re-usable bags to the grocery store…I also started buying a “green” detergent – I think?

    Hope your doing well!

  15. Diana@mymarblerye April 23, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    I use reusable shopping bags! You can cram so much sh!t in them!! Happy earth day! I know you are secretly a hippie a$$! Don’t deny it!

  16. thefitacademic April 24, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    I’ve taken some steps toward being “greener”, but I know I still have a long way to go!

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