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5 Tips To Save Money Going Green

Last week we discussed what going green was and I gave you five challenges that would help you save money while going green. That went so well that I decided that each week I would give you 5 tips to save money going green.

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DIY Dog Rope Toys

Long before I knew I was getting Trigger, I started looking into DIY dog toys… Mostly because we do have Izzy, and I have been trying to win her over for over a year now (I’d like to report that I think it’s working too!).  Anywho, with my research, I found a way to make DIY dog rope toys that are absolutely awesome, mostly because the dogs LOVE them, but also because they are virtually free to make!

DIY Dog Rope Toys

So, how do you make DIY dog rope toys for free? By re-purposing old t-shirts! That’s right, we’re making these dog rope toys out of t-shirts.

Let’s start first by making t-shirt yarn. I love this tutorial!

You can make the toys out of just one color, but I like making them colorful with at least 3 colors or more (which means finding several t-shirts that you don’t need anymore, so you’ll be doing yourself a service by cleaning out your closet!).

Now comes the even more fun part!

It’s time to make the DIY dog rope toys!

Take your t-shirt yarn, in the colors of your choosing (here’s a hint: your dog won’t care what colors you choose, but you will!) and lay it out. Now, you’ll want to cut your t-shirt yarn into strands that are about five feet each. I use double the length of my arm to judge the length.

Now, how many strands you use for your DIY rope toy will depend on the size of your dog. You can make them with as few as 12 strands, but I prefer to make them nice and thick with 24 strands.

After you have the amount of strands cut that you feel are appropriate, grab all of your strands together and tie them in a knot about 2-3 inches from the end. Once you’ve done this, you’ll separate your strands out into 3 equal bunches, and start making your DIY rope toy with a simply braid. When you’ve reached your desired length, you’ll simply tie it off and trim the edges.

I’ve made these toys in various lengths, so that Izzy and Trigger can play with them alone, or have a fun match of tug of war with them.

These DIY dog rope toys have been a HUGE hit at our house, and I’m sure that they will be at yours too!

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Going Green with Alicia

Are you interested in going green this year? Do you know what it means to go green? This post is simply to discuss what going green is and a few ways to do it.

Going Green with Alicia - Easy tips to go green and save money

What is Going Green?

Going green does not only involve recycling. Going green involves much more. Basically, going green means to live life, as an individual as well as a community, in a way that is friendly to the natural environmental and is sustainable for the earth. It means Continue reading Going Green with Alicia

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Happy New Year!

Happy new year everybody! I hope you all are getting their new year off to a wonderful start! I know it is customary to start the year with a bunch of resolutions that will be completely forgotten about in a few weeks, but I am going to start my year with goals instead.

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Save Money Going Green: Part Three

Go-Green-Save-Money how to save money going green

Alright, who’s ready for some more tips on how to save money going green? Well, I’m ready to give them to you, so let’s get started!

  • Fix those leaks in the bathroom and kitchen- If your toilet is running, if faucets are dripping, they’re costing you money, and they’re wasting lots of water. I could bore you with how much water ONE drip over a certain amount of wastes, but I won’t. I’m just going to say to fix them all, and then sit back and notice the difference. This is something you should be able to do yourself, but if not, it’s a good excuse to beg your boyfriend, a cute handyman, or whoever to come over and help you with.
  • Buy a hemp shower curtain– How often do you have to replace your plastic shower curtains? In my experience, they don’t really hold up. You can take a hemp shower curtain down and wash it when necessary, but other than that, they require little maintenance and they are much better for the environment. If you absolutely have to have the plastic liner, get a higher quality one, and help to expand the lifespan of it by making sure to always close the curtain when getting out of the shower, and to keep it clean.
  • Save old tattered towels and t-shirts for cleaning- This will help eliminate wasteful paper towels.
  • Wash laundry in cold water, and only full loads– This helps eliminate water waste, and electricity or gas to heat the water. AND, most laundry detergents are formulated to work great in cold water now! If you really want to go eco-friendly, you can try out some great new laundry detergents that are great for the environment. Or comment and I’ll email you a recipe to make your own laundry detergent!
  • Keep your fridge full– Did you know that it takes more electricity to keep an empty fridge cool than it does to keep a fully stocked fridge cool? So go grocery shopping now!
  • Use your microwave and toaster oven– This is just common sense… It takes much less electricity to run a microwave or toaster oven than it does to warm up an oven and heat something up in it.
  • Turn the oven off early– When you’re cooking, you can turn the oven off several minutes early and your food will keep on cooking while you save money!
  • Use the dishwasher– The ultimate lazy move is sometimes the greenest! Don’t bother rinsing the dishes, just load them in the dishwasher and let it handle your dirty work (you know, while you kick back and read my awesome blog to get more great ideas!). Just make sure to turn off the drying option and open that bad boy up later to let your dishes air dry, or towel dry them and put them away.
  • Install dimmer switches– If you own your own home, or if your landlord doesn’t mind, it’s really easy to install dimmer switches, and you would be surprised at how they can pay for themselves over time, as you can generally cut your light usage in half!

Check back later for more awesome green ideas and comment with the ones you plan to put to use!

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