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When decorating for the holiday season, look for locally grown and all-natural decor instead of store-bought items. Evergreen swags, berries, squashes and dried corn and gourds are all great things to adorn your mantel, dining table and exterior of your home. Not only are they compostable and biodegradable, but they are also inexpensive. Avoid ...Read more

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Do you want to support a great nonprofit, keep waste out of landfills and make some extra cash, too? There's a growing trend of people sharing what you can buy at thrift stores like Goodwill that you could resell online for a profit. There are constantly updated lists online of items to look for when shopping. They range from sporting goods and ...Read more

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Donating used items to charity is a great way to find a new home for your old things, get a tax deduction and help a worthwhile nonprofit raise funds. But not everything can be donated to charities, so it's best to ask before you drop off. In general, there are four categories of goods that are very difficult to donate and should either be ...Read more

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Tired of getting unsolicited offers in the mail that want to sign you up for a new credit card or insurance? One way to opt out on these mailings is to register online at the official Consumer Credit Reporting Industry website. There you'll have the option to opt-out from all mailings for five years, or permanently. Be sure to register twice if ...Read more

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Yes, your dog's favorite toys need to be cleaned periodically. They spend a lot of time in mouths, outdoors or just lying on the ground picking up germs and bacteria. When you're ready to clean them, inspect them first. Are they falling apart or brittle? It may be time to dispose of the toys, since small pieces that break off can be a choking ...Read more

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Many people are juicing fresh fruits and vegetables at home to create delicious and healthy beverages. But what to do with the dry pulp from all that juicing? One idea is to semi-compost it in your potted plants. Simply rake the top of the soil of your plants and sprinkle the dry mixture into the soil. Rake again until it is fully incorporated ...Read more

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The Humane Society of the United States warns that toxins found in flea treatments can harm or even kill your pet, so finding natural ways to control fleas is important to the health of the furry members of your family. Prevention and common sense can go a long way. Vacuuming carpets, rugs and furniture where your pet hangs out, along with ...Read more

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If you commute a lot for work, one easy way to save money, time and gas is to invest in an automatic payment device for your car for tolls on bridges and highways. In the Northeast, these devices are called EZ Passes, which allow you to go through tollbooths and pay via a synced credit card. This saves time, and you earn discounts on your tolls,...Read more

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Your local food bank may need more than just food for donations. Among the most in-demand and in-need items are personal care items. These are things like toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper and deodorant. If your local food bank does need these, try to take advantage of special sales at the drug store when you buy one and get one free. Keep one ...Read more

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As the weather outside gets colder, small animals like mice, snakes and squirrels will begin looking for warmer areas to nest, including inside your home. One way to help prevent this is to simply do an inspection of your house's exterior. Look for small cracks and areas where animals can slip in, like around pipes, air conditioners and faucets....Read more

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Simple repairs on major kitchen appliances can save you money, extend the life of expensive equipment and obviously reduce waste to landfills. But sometimes it's better to replace than to repair, for safety reasons. A microwave oven is a fixture in most kitchens because it provides a fast and energy-efficient way to heat up food. But if your ...Read more

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With thousands of environmental and animal-related charities vying for your donation dollars, it can be hard to pick just a few to support. To make the most informed choice about a charity's responsible use of funds, look up its status on the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance site at give.org. You can see a nonprofit organization's ...Read more

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If you own sneakers that are past the point of repair or donation, you don't have to throw them in the trash. Nike has been recycling athletic shoes since 1993 as part of a program called Reuse-a-Shoe that grinds up old sneakers into a material called "Nike Grind," which is then used to make soft surfaces in playgrounds, soccer fields and ...Read more

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While there are lots of tips and advice for growing a green lawn -- from avoiding chemical fertilizers to cutting back on watering -- remember one thing right from the start: Be mindful of which type of grass seed you use to grow your lawn. There are many types of grass seed, and lots of varieties are made available with your specific region of ...Read more

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Having outdoor lighting in your garden at night can create an enchanting paradise, but it can be very unappealing to nocturnal creatures. If possible, opt for solar-powered lanterns that cast a soft glow when the sun sets and will automatically turn off when the internal rechargeable battery is used up. Or put outdoor lights on a timer to ...Read more

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Did you know that rechargeable batteries (the kind used in cellphones, laptops and cordless products) aren't just recyclable, but are most likely illegal to dispose of in the trash in your community? The good news is you can drop them off at free recycling boxes in big-box electronics and home improvement stores. But what about the button-size ...Read more

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If you use exercise equipment at home that you need to plug into the wall, like a treadmill, elliptical or exercise bike, do this one thing when you're finished working out: Unplug the machine. Because power surges can happen at any time, a surge can break or seriously damage your pricey gym equipment. Plus, leaving the machine plugged in also ...Read more

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Around 40% of Americans enjoy a cup of hot tea every single day, so the question is: Is it more energy-efficient to heat up water in a tea kettle or in the microwave? The eco-easy answer is the microwave. According to Energy Star, a program of the Environmental Protection Agency, heating up a mug of water to make tea is 80% more energy-efficient...Read more

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If you see a houseplant with yellowing leaves, one of the most important things you should do is trim them off. Yellowing, almost-dead leaves won't revive and turn green again, so it's better to help the plant by removing them so the plant can dedicate all of its energy to generating new leaves. When you are done pruning, be sure to wipe the ...Read more

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Here's a fun experiment to try at home with a leftover garlic clove: Grow a new garlic plant! Fill a small pot with potting soil and stick the garlic clove into the soil so the root end is immersed and the top part is right below the surface of the soil. Water and place in a warm, sunlit spot in the house (like the kitchen window counter). In a ...Read more

 

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