I'm adding another site to my list today. Normally, I do that without commenting, but this site, combined with the Green Mom Finds site are an indication of one of my biggest goals, to become as green as possible, while being as frugal as possible.
Greenmomfinds is a great site with links and reviews of some pretty cool "green" products, as well as some real handy tips on becoming more green. There is also a forum with real people requesting advice, and providing answers to real life questions, from gardening, to infant care and just about everything in between. Both sides of the site also feature some pretty cool contests. The focus, other than green, seems to lean more towards parents of younger children, but there's something there for everyone.
Next up is my newest addition, Hillbilly Housewife. Perhaps, like me you've heard of this site before, and even visited there in the past, but somehow the link got buried in your favorites. Yesterday, as I was browsing through my ridiculously large list of favorites I came across this link and followed it. There are some changes there since the last time I visited, but basically it's the same great site. Some great info there, and some excellent ideas on how to live more frugally, while not feeling like you're making huge sacrifices. She also has a biweekly newsletter, which I signed up for. I love the feel of this site. It reads like a real person, speaking from her real kitchen, swapping recipes, and sharing freely what she has learned through time and experience. I also discovered on my most recent visit that she has a blog, which I visited and plan to return on a regular basis.
Regarding my Frugal/Green goals; Is there a way to be both green and frugal? Is it possible for these two streams to not only meet, but to merge, joining together in harmony, merrily gurgling and bubbling down their now shared stream bed towards their common goals ? I'm thinking, while it may be a challenge at times, employing some basic common sense could actually result in a satisfying meeting of the minds.
At our house we regularly employ something we call "personal recycling". That would be the middle "R", Reuse. Empty cereal boxes are carefully broken down and saved for craft projects. Empty yogurt containers are cleaned and saved for later use as seedling pots. A plastic milk jug has been transformed into a popular feeding station for our feathered friends. A plastic Folgers "can" is used as a crochet project tote ;-) Old clothing, depending on the type of material, and the overall condition, is either recycled to the local thrift store or consignment shop, turned into rags, or even saved for turning into new articles of clothing or other craft items. Of course there are more examples, but I'll refrain from excessive elaboration.
However, I am going to invite you to share some of your "personal recycling" ideas here! How do you utilize those items that otherwise you would pay for the "convenience" of adding to the landfill?