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Do you have a small collection of gift cards for use at retail stores, national chain restaurants, pharmacies or online shops? Turns out even if you have a small balance left on those cards, you can use those few cents and dollars for good. Many nonprofits work in partnership with companies like Cardcash to help you simply redeem what's left ...Read more

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Many of us know that a No. 1 or No. 2 symbol on the bottom of a plastic container means it is easily recyclable. But be sure the container did not hold any poisonous or toxic substances. Containers that held pesticides, conventional cleaning products and bleach need to be rinsed out thoroughly before recycling. If in doubt, it is better to throw...Read more

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Many of us reach for salt to de-ice sidewalks and driveways during the winter. It's effective, but when the ice melts, the salty mixture can wreak havoc on plants and our waterways. A more natural alternative is alfalfa meal, which you can find at gardening and feed stores. Totally natural, this fertilizing compound melts ice and adds traction ...Read more

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The best places to pick up a gallon of milk or a carton of eggs when shopping at the store is from the back of the fridge unit. When shopping for perishable groceries at the supermarket, it's best to choose your eggs and milk where they've been stored the coldest. Since refrigerator doors at the store are constantly being opened and closed, ...Read more

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According to This Old House magazine, charcoal from the backyard grill can have myriad detoxifying uses around the house. When arranging flowers, place a few briquettes in the bottom of the vase to help keep the water fresh and clean. If you have smelly kitchen cabinets, place a piece in the back of the cabinet so it can absorb both odors and ...Read more

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Skip packaged produce! Do you purchase produce like three peppers in a cellophane bag or pre-rinsed salad mixes in a plastic tub? It may seem convenient that some produce is pre-washed, but pound for pound, it costs way more. And given the recent news that pre-washed mixes aren't necessarily clean, you may find yourself washing it again anyway. ...Read more

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Pastry chefs say the best surface to roll dough, make chocolates and do other types of baking prep work on is a marble countertop, since it stays cool to the touch. If you don't have a marble countertop and don't want to invest in one, think scrap heap instead. Countertop fabricators often have square slabs of marble waste leftover from the ...Read more

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There are lots of compost pails you can buy at the store that feature tight-fitting lids, integrated carbon filters (to absorb odors) and pretty designs so they look good on your kitchen countertop. Instead of buying one, you can always repurpose an old stock pot into a compost bin. A stainless steel one works best, since it can be washed easily...Read more

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In lieu of gifts for yourself for, say, a birthday or housewarming party, consider asking guests to bring items to help support a local charity. Contact your local animal shelter and ask what they are in desperate need of; often it's something unexpected, like laundry detergent, rather than pet food. Ask your party guests to bring these items to...Read more

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While chemical drain cleaners may promise to unclog drains, the incredibly acidic and corrosive chemical cocktail can be too much for some backed-up pipes. Any plumber will tell you to never use these cleaners for toilets; they can eat away at pipes and fixtures, ultimately causing more harm than good by creating new (and much worse) problems. ...Read more

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Tired of squirrels or raccoons raiding the bird feeder or digging through the recycling bin for food scraps? Try this simple trick: Sprinkle in red pepper flakes. Rodents hate the taste of spicy red pepper flakes and will quickly learn to avoid stealing the seed from the bird feeder, but birds can't detect it and will eat it right up. Sprinkle ...Read more

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Avoid the temptation to "top off" when at the gas pump. When filling up, allow the pump to automatically shut off when it's full; you'll know that point has been reached when you hear a clicking sound and the gas nozzle stops pumping gas. Adding those extra few pumps of gas can actually waste your money, because gasoline is often fed from your ...Read more

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Buying secondhand clothes at thrift stores or consignment shops isn't just good for your wallet; it is also 95% more energy-efficient than buying new. When you consider the amount of energy needed to make new clothes versus the reuse of vintage/lightly used clothes, there's no comparison; it's significantly less the second time around. Remember,...Read more

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For your next big holiday feast, embrace the true spirit of the holiday and think local. Shop farmers markets for locally grown seasonal produce and source locally made baked goods, juices, and even floral bouquets and arrangements for the table. If you eat meat, try to source a fresh free-range local turkey, preferably from a farm where you ...Read more

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A sofa is a major purchase that can last so many years, it almost becomes a member of the family! One way to help a sofa last for a very long time is to think about the fabric. New performance fabrics look just like regular textiles, but can resist stains and odors, making them pet- and family friendly. And if your sofa does get stained, ...Read more

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If you're planning to take a vacation or want to find an extraordinary gift for someone, why not buy something that also supports a worthwhile charity? Charitybuzz.com works with some of the best nonprofit organizations to put together amazing prize packages that they auction online to raise money for the charities. Prizes can be anything from ...Read more

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The Natural Resources Defense Council says a typical refrigerator uses around 10%-15% of an entire household's energy bill each month. While unplugging a fridge when you go away is the MOST efficient thing you can do, it isn't a realistic option for most people. So do the next best thing: When you're away for a few days, raise the temperature of...Read more

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Road salt is used in the wintertime to de-ice roads, but it can also be a leading source of rust for the undercarriage of your car. After a harsh winter storm, take your car to a car wash -- which is the most water- and energy-efficient way to wash a car -- to have the salt residue washed off, and opt for additional undercarriage cleaning. A wax...Read more

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When grocery shopping, if you change your mind about buying something and don't feel like returning it to where you found it, you should still bring it to the checkout line with you. Many people will leave unwanted items in places where they don't belong. Over time, misplaced items can be damaged and/or reach their expiration dates, leading to ...Read more

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Did you know the most recycled and most valuable recyclable material is steel? Not only is 88% of old steel recycled, it's also 100% infinitely recyclable and can be used over and over. And recycling steel uses 75% less energy versus the manufacturing of virgin steel. Why is this important? Because the demand for household recyclables like glass...Read more

 

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