Saturday, December 29, 2012

16 Ways to Reuse Plastic Bags


From Care2.com

Plastic grocery bags are terrible for the planet, but somehow they always seem to make their way into our homes, don’t they? Next time you’re faced with a plastic grocery bag, try one of these ways to give it a new life instead of sending it to the landfill!

Here in the U.S. we use around one billion plastic bags per year, and we only recycle around one percent of them. The rate of recycling is so low because recycling plastic of this low quality is not very profitable. The rest of those bags are landfill-bound. If they don’t make it to the landfill, they break down in sunlight to pollute our air and water or make their way into rivers and eventually the ocean where they become part of the plastic-polluted dead zones known as gyres.

Of course, banning plastic bags or at least turning them down at the store is the best option – not using these bags in the first place means stores won’t order as many, so the companies that produce them will churn out fewer of them each year. In most places, unfortunately, a bag ban is a long way off, and that means that despite your best intentions, chances are you end up with some of these bags in your home, even if you always remember to bring your own bag to the store.

Rather than feel guilty about the plastic bag stash under your kitchen sink, check out our list of 16 ways you can reuse the bags to keep them out of landfills.


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Why We're Shop-a-holics - Where It All Began


From Care2.com

The Story of Stuff is a powerful video about how we got here and what it is doing to our planet.

It talks about how my grandmother’s generation was committed to resourcefulness, stewardship and thrift. So what happened between then and now to bring us to this place of ultra consumerism which threatens the extinction of our planet?

It all started right after WWII. In order to jump-start the economy, President Eisenhower’s Council of Economic Advisers had to come up with a plan to get people to buy – and quickly! The guru and retail analyst of the day, Victor Legough, wrote in 1955:

Our Enormously productive economy…demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritual satisfaction, our ego satisfaction, in consumption…we need things burned up, replaced and discarded at an ever-accelerating rate.

Egads! Consuming was linked with spiritual satisfaction and ego satisfaction (Sounds like an oxymoron to me!) Shopping became a ritual and it promised fulfillment.

So the era of “shopping as a spiritual practice” began! It was a message crafted by the government in cooperation and collaboration with the advertising media. The people bought it, and continue to do so to this day. Read the entire article.

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7 Steps to Curb Our Addiction to Stuff


From Care2.com

Aside from the fact that our addiction to consuming is threatening the extinction of our planet, it is also personally exhausting to maintain mountains of stuff. It drains your life energy. It is an endless cycle of spending and consuming and dumping to make room for more stuff so you can do it all over again.

If you would like to extricate yourself from this lifestyle but are stumped about how to do so, here are steps that you can do now to start to curb your own addiction to stuff, lighten your footprint on the planet, and lighten your own load. Read on ... 7 Steps to Curb Our Addiction to Stuff.

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Choosing the Right Replacement Windows

NRFC labels help you evaluate the energy performance of new windows and allow you to comparison shop for the most efficient options. Use them when you make your choice of windows.
But whether you are replacing a window or installing one in a newly constructed building, there are considerations other than just efficiency to keep in mind.

Different combinations of frame style, frame material, and glazing will yield very different results when comparing energy efficiency and cost. A fixed-pane window is the most airtight and the least expensive, for example -- it would be the best choice if you wanted to add sunlight to a room without increasing ventilation. A window with a wood frame will usually conduct less heat than one with an aluminum frame. If you're seeking efficiency, a double-pane, low-e window would be just as efficient as a triple-pane untreated window, but it would cost and weigh less. Consider the benefits carefully.

No one window is suitable for every application. Many windows are available that serve different purposes, and you may discover that you need different ... Read the entire article.


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12 Ways to Save on Household Expenses

Unless you’ve got a nanny, a housekeeper, a chauffeur, and a chef, it’s hard to manage a home and family–and still keep a smile on your face. But, it’s worth trying. Because nobody wants a crabby mom.
Five years ago, our lives were turned upside down. We finally faced the music of the consumer debt we had piled up. It amounted to over $16,000. We decided to get serious about the debt.

It was hard.

We looked at our expenses and combed through them with a fine tooth comb. We did things that previously we wouldn’t have dreamed of doing. We literally sweated away our debts.

There are some expenses like mortgages and car payments that are static. You can’t really change them. But other costs, like household expenses, can be finessed and massaged. You can reduce them if you think creatively and are willing to be weird.

Here are twelve ways to save on household expenses:

1. Make your own cleaners or get them cheap with coupons.

There is no reason for you to pay exorbitant prices on household cleaners. Years ago I found that I could combine coupons and sales and get everything we needed for very, very cheap. I still do this for laundry detergent, rarely paying over ten cents a load.

In recent years, I’ve gone green with many of our cleaning products. I buy a ginormous bottle of vinegar at Costco for about $3. We use that to wash windows and clean countertops and other surfaces. We pay virtually pennies ... Read the entire article.


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8 Things to Do Now to Winterize Your Home and Save Money This Winter

An easy and inexpensive guide to winterizing your home and protecting possessions

Spending a few hours this fall to button up your house and other valuables for the winter can save you big bucks down the line. There are plenty of easy and inexpensive ways to protect your possessions from harsh winter weather. Here's a checklist of preventive measures to consider before it turns cold:

Driveways, sidewalks and patios: Little cracks in concrete surfaces can quickly grow into big ones during the winter with the constant freezing and thawing of trapped moisture. Sealing cracks with ready-to-use concrete sealant is quick and easy: Just apply with a caulking gun or squeeze directly from the tube. A one-quart tube of sealant should cost under $10 at most home improvement stores and it goes a long way. By the way, rock salt used for winter snow and ice removal can erode concrete surfaces and kill surrounding grass and plants, so use deicing products that are safe for your surfaces and landscaping.

Gas grills: If you're through grilling for the season, turn ... Read the entire article.

Source:  AARP Bulletin


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Saturday, December 15, 2012

17 Ways To Reuse Tin Cans

Next time you cook up a can of beans or pour a can of coconut milk into a batch of soup, don’t toss that can in the recycle bin! Send it through the dishwasher instead, and try out some of these tin can crafts!

As recycling goes, metal recycling is pretty efficient, but when it comes to cans, most metal recycling is actually downcycling. Instead of turning old cans into new cans, those metal cans come out of the recycling center as an inferior metal product. The problem is that because of impurities in the metal, the final product ends up “diluted.” After enough downcycling, that metal is landfill-bound. It will get used multiple times, which is much better than tossing it right away, but the recycling center is really a pit stop on the way to the landfill.

Of course, recycling those cans is still better than ... Read the entire article.


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Deceptive Gray Charges Trap Consumers Into Debt

It's the digital equivalent of "couch change" -- random, trivial credit card charges that might not be large enough to raise your eyebrows when you glance over your statement, but over time they add up to a lot.

These unwanted fees, coined "gray charges," by BillGuard, a company that created a program to detect these charges on consumers' statements, include recurring membership fees, subscription fees, unwanted auto-renewals, cost creep (where a service or subscription gradually increases its cost over time), hidden fees such as  foreign transaction fees or car rental surcharges and billing errors.

And they are a growing problem. According to BillGuard, about 20 percent of its current users have incurred some type of gray charge. Among those users who have been affected, the average of these charges is about $350 a year, says Mary Anne Keegan, BillGuard's chief marketing officer.

Companies take advantage of the fact that you're not paying attention
Though some gray charges are honest misunderstandings between a consumer and a company -- perhaps you were overcharged or double-billed due to an operator error -- they often involve companies that are banking on the fact that people don't scrutinize ... Read the entire article.


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18 Easy Food Swaps to Save Money

18 Easy Food Swaps to Save Money
From Care2.com

If there was one sound that rose above all others at the grocery checkout line last year, it was this: Ouch! When your grocery budget is under assault, it’s easy to succumb to panic (“Nine dollars a pound for organic chicken?!”) and become tempted to fill your cart with less healthy, but ostensibly cheaper, fare. Trouble is, downgrading the quality of your food is never a bargain. First, your health is just too valuable, and courting an avoidable health condition or lowered immunity by eating poorly is just way too expensive. Second, even in the toughest economic times, you don’t have to scrimp on the good stuff. You just have to know how to shop smarter.

Make these 18 easy food swaps, and go from spendy to ... Read the entire article.


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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Five Major ObamaCare Taxes That Will Hit Your Wallet In 2013

Five Major ObamaCare Taxes That Will Hit Your Wallet In 2013

While the individual mandate tax gets most of the attention, the ObamaCare law actually contains 20 new or higher taxes on the American people. These taxes are gradually phased in over the years 2010 (with its 10 percent “tanning tax”) to 2018 (when the tax on comprehensive health insurance plans kicks in.)

Six months from now, in January 2013, five major ObamaCare taxes will come into force:

1. The ObamaCare Medical Device Manufacturing Tax
This 2.3 percent tax on medical device makers will raise the price of (for example) every pacemaker, prosthetic limb, stent, and operating table. Can you remind us, Mr. President, how taxing medical devices will reduce the cost of health care? The tax is particularly destructive because it is levied on gross sales and even targets companies who haven’t turned a profit yet.
These are often small, scrappy companies with less than 20 employees who pioneer the next generation of life-prolonging devices. In addition to raising the cost of health care, this $20 billion tax over the next ten years will not help the country’s jobs outlook, as the industry employs nearly 400,000 Americans. Several companies have already responded to the looming tax by cutting research and development budgets and laying off workers.

2. The ObamaCare High Medical Bills Tax
This onerous tax provision will hit Americans facing the highest out-of-pocket ... Read the entire article.


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Don't Make These 3 Retirement Mistakes

Don't Make These 3 Retirement Mistakes
From The Smarter Investor

The day has come. You attend the retirement party. They hand you the golden cufflinks or the gold watch, stuff you full of hors d’oeuvres, and send riding you off into the sunset. From now on, you’re going to sit on the porch, drink lemonade, and watch the world go by.
It’s an idyllic lifestyle until you start to have one of those nagging concerns that almost every retiree probably has a few thousand times—sometimes in the course of one day: “Do I actually have enough to last without running out of money?”

The quick and dirty answer that most financial planners give you is that you need to have your assets allocated based on a formula of 110 minus your age. So, if you’re 70, then you want to have 40 percent in equities and 60 percent in fixed income.

Older couple painting on a canvas outdoors

However, a quick check of your investment accounts isn’t going to truly answer the question of whether or not you have the appropriate ... Read the entire article.


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What Is Borax?

What Is Borax & Is It Safe?
From Care2.com

Borax has long been touted as a green cleaning superstar, but what is borax, and how safe is it?

Borax is a salt derived from boric acid, and in cleaning recipes it can help boost stain-fighting and grease-cutting power. It’s used in all sorts of products and industries from making homemade cleaning supplies to replacing mercury in small-scale gold mining operations. You can even find borax in food products as a preservative, though its use in foods is banned here in the U.S.

How harmful could a salt be, right? This might be old news to some folks, but the Environmental Working Group’s 2012 Guide to Healthy Cleaning flunked borax as a ... Read the entire article.


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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Gratitude Brings More Into Life



What's so important about gratitude? Well, simply put, gratitude is a powerful force for attracting and creating more of what you want in the world - and in your own life.  Here's one place to begin, but don't miss reading the rest of the information on gratitude in our lives below.

If you don't see the video here, click this link.




If you look at the Creation Process, in everything that we do and create in our lives we Think -> Feel -> Act -> Experience. We have a thought about something. That thought creates a feeling in us, which magnifies or adds power to the thought. That feeling motivates us to Act on the Thought. Our actions create results - cause and effect. Those results become our Experience. As much as this might appear to be a linear process, it is actually a cycle. Because our Experience forms our beliefs, or our paradigms, which then influence the way we Think about and interpret our future Experience.

Gratitude is a critical part of this process because it focuses your Thoughts on what you want to create rather than what you don't want to create. So many of us are focused on negativity, pain, suffering, and conflict in our lives when what we really want is to be positive, happy, joyful, accepted and loved. By focusing your Thoughts on what you're grateful for in your life, and feeling the feeling of Gratitude, you add power to that, and you attract more of it to you. You Act in a more positive way, and your positive actions create positive results. People respond to you in a more positive way.

When I am grateful to those who serve for me, I am affirming that I am Free, and I am Safe, and I have literally millions of people who care enough about me and my Freedom to dedicate themselves to serving to protect and defend it. I am telling the world and the universe that I like and value Freedom, and Safety, and Service to others. And in doing so, I am giving more energy and power to those things, and not to the culture of Fear and Isolation that has created so much conflict in our world.

Just imagine, if you will, what your life would look like if you had more Freedom and Love, and less Isolation and Fear. How would that look on a personal level? On a local level? On a national level? On a global level? It all starts with being grateful for what we already have.


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Businesses You Can Start - Be Your Own Boss

5 Businesses You Can Start

Always wanted to be your own boss? Check out these in-demand jobs
From AARP

An increasing number of workers age 50 and older are starting new businesses.

A new AARP/Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) survey of 50-plus employed workers shows that one in 20 plans to start his or her own business. Nearly one in five unemployed workers would like to do the same.

Older entrepreneurs can have a lot of things working in their favor — a strong work ethic, management experience and well-established networks of potential customers. But be forewarned. Running a business usually takes more than a simple passion for what you're doing. You may need to go back to school and get certifications. You'll definitely need a list of pros to help you, from a lawyer to a tax accountant. And, it's always good to try out the job first as an apprentice or ... Read the entire article

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10 Tips to Rejuvenate a 'Tired' Space

10 Tips to Rejuvenate a ‘Tired’ Space

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Rearranging and reinventing our living space is one of the most powerful ways to free up creative energies and get our lives moving again. By mixing up the chi in our outer space, we revitalized the chi in our inner space. In doing so we can often now see the forest for the trees and solutions to our most daunting problems ... Read the entire article.


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"Simplicity of living, if deliberately chosen, implies a compassionate approach to life. It means that we are choosing to live our daily lives with some degree of conscious appreciation of the condition of the rest of the world." Duane Elgin

"Do what is good with your own hands, so that you might earn something to give to the needy." Ephesians 4:28