At Method, we make cleaners that put the hurt on dirt without harming people, creatures or the planet. Sustainability is built into everything we do—from how we make our products to how we run our company. So, yes, it might be easy for us to tout the benefits of green living. But, the truth is, …
It is not easy being green, or that is what Kermit told me growing up, but I think I must disagree. Already, as an urbanite, I produce less carbon emissions by simply living in a metropolitan area. But what else can I do to help decrease my carbon footprint? Sticking with the theme this week of, “How to Go Green This Spring”, I have filed my own How-To list below.
Happy Equinox, everyone! Spring has come early this year, with New Yorkers starting to come out of their winter blues, spending sun-drenched days and warm evenings outside. The gorgeous weather has arrived early this year, and while we all pray that it’s here to stay, I’m taking a few moments to look not outside, but inside – and let my personal spring cleaning come a bit earlier, too.
March 20 marks an important place on my calendar each year, not only because it is my mother’s birthday (Happy 60, Mom!) but also because the 20th of March marks the Spring Equinox. The equinox itself is the time when the Earth’s axis is tilted neither away from nor towards the Sun: i.e., the center of the Sun is in the same plane as the Earth’s equator. I love to visualize this image, and at the time of the equinox I’m always inspired to re-align my priorities, my personal relationships, my physical spaces, and my routines.
Here’s how I’m going about my personal spring cleaning this year, not with a rag and Windex, but with my mind and some self-reflection. Take stock with me:
For your spaces
William Morris writes: “Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful and believe to be beautiful.” Take Morris’ advice and stand in the center of each room in your apartment. And don’t forget the bathrooms! Take a few moments to do a slow 360-degree turn around the space. What do you love about this room? Are the setup of your personal items and furniture pieces in the best places to suit your daily needs? Where are the objects that you find beautiful? What do you see that might need a bit of refreshing? Cleaning? Reorganization?
Browse through the rooms of your home meditatively…really look at your surroundings – your furniture and your decorative accessories. Give thanks for your home exactly as it exists today. Now begin the inquiry. Ask each possession, are you beautiful? Useful? Is it time for you to move on? You will undoubtedly come to an object that is neither beautiful nor useful but has sentimental qualities…if it’s not beautiful, useful, or sentimental, it’s out.
Take stock, see what’s working for you. Think of three small changes that can have a big impact. Is it time for a new duvet cover? New placemats at the kitchen table? A moisture-friendly plant for the bathroom? Do you need a spare-change receptacle by the front door? A decorative bowl to place the TV remote so it’s never lost again? What is working about your space, and what might need some new juju?
Find new uses for old things. Move decorative items to a new home for an updated look. If you have doubts about an object, hide it from view for a few days. If you don’t miss it, it may be time for it to be recycled or re-gifted to a friend who might love it.
For your routines
What are your daily routines? Track down the most primal activities in your day: the act and process of waking each morning, cooking meals (or lack thereof), the act of nourishing your body, bathing, dressing, travel to work, your work environment, your lunch hour, the trek home, meeting friends and loved ones (or lack thereof), preparations for sleep. Even your weekend routines – where and how you unwind, have fun, or volunteer. What is working for you? Where can you find ease amongst your efforts?
Give thanks for the routines you have created. Now imagine those routines in their best method of flow — is there a way to squeeze in even a moment of extra pleasure, of relaxation, or indulgence to any of these activities every day? How can those moments that drag you down be more efficient or more effective? Is there a way to learn to make this moment pleasurable, or even fun?
It may be as simple as a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down, setting your clock radio or phone to a new alarm sound, finding a great hand lotion to put at your work desk, lighting a candle to create a quiet mood before bed. Would your daily routine benefit from making lunch the night before? Or not making lunch at all to give you those few extra moments to unwind? The price may be worth it. For example, my entire daily routine was changed for the better this month once I purchased a new laptop bag that I loved. When I was entering my workspace each morning feeling great, and opened my bag at my desk with confidence, I knew I had made the right purchase. A small change with a big impact.
For your relationships
Taking stock of healthy (or not-so-healthy) personal relationships may be the easiest or the hardest part of a spring re-alignment. As you think through the people you see every day, every week, maybe only once-in-a-blue-moon, are you surrounding yourself with the most supportive and inspiring people? Do they keep you creative? Do they bring you up to your best self? If not, how can the relationships that you have be repaired? Or is it best to remove yourself from an unhealthy friendship or situation? Be honest. And listen closely to those thoughts that bubble up, they may surprise you.
Give thanks for those you love. When was the last time you really thanked the individuals who help you each day – whether it is a co-worker, the barista who hands you your morning joe, or that friend who always seems to give the best advice? Gratitude always breeds great things. It’s one of the most underrated laws of nature. Give thanks and good things grow. It is Spring, after all.
Writer Robert Brault reminds us: “…never mind searching for who you are. Search for the person you aspire to be.” When you were twelve, who did you imagine yourself to become? Take stock of your bucket list, of your dreams, of those aspirations. Are you on track with what you’ve always desired your life to look like? How have you changed? Give thanks for who you have become, for those bumps along the road, for the changes of heart and the surprises that brought you to this moment. Where do you want to direct new energy? What’s in flow, or where do you want to re-align?
Be bold, be brave, be sure to share your new plans, your spring equinox intentions, and maybe even a few cleaned closets with us.
Ask for advice, we’re always here to help. Go soak up the sun, and get down and dirty! Follow Brooke’s advice from her post last week and create a “Reason.” The best time to start is now.
Post authored by Jacob Liberman
I have been an insomniac my whole life. My body has resisted sleep like a petulant child, even when I was a petulant child. I read all the recommended articles and tried all the techniques, yet sleep and I remained contentious frenemies (a word I learned thanks to an insomnia fueled all night Sex and the City marathon). Not having consistent and restorative sleep led to a number of other ailments as well. I went through battles with migraines, teeth grinding and TMJ, just to name a few. I was sleepy all the time and never truly felt rested.
But then I discovered my wonder drug – which is not a drug at all: The Alexander Technique. The Alexander Technique is commonly taught in acting programs (which is where I learned it), but I truly believe that it would be more popular than massage and visits to the chiropractor if more people knew about it. Very long story short, F.M. Alexander (1869-1955) was an Australian actor who began to experience chronic laryngitis whenever he performed. When his doctors could not help him, Alexander discovered a solution on his own. He had not been aware that excess tension in his neck and body were causing his problems, and he began to find new ways to speak and move with greater ease. His health improved so much that friends and doctors asked him to teach them his methods. Alexander taught for more than 35 years and continued to refine his exercises, which has now become known as the Alexander Technique.
Well, that was a nice little history lesson, but what is it and how does it work? The Alexander Technique is a method that works to change movement habits in our everyday activities to improve ease and freedom of movement, balance, support and coordination. The technique teaches the use of the appropriate amount of effort for a particular activity, giving you more energy for all your activities. It helps you to release unnecessary tension and can be applied to sitting, lying down, standing, walking, lifting, and other daily activities.
Again, you’re probably thinking “nice description, but what can I do with this today?” Great! Here are 2 simple ways to bring some “Alexander” into your life today. The next time you are walking up stairs, simple tuck your chin down closer to your chest and lead your body up the stairs with the crown of your head versus your eyes and chin. You will feel like you are flying up those stairs! Seriously! Our heads weigh a lot (thank you kid from Jerry Maguire), so use that weight to your advantage by directing it towards your destination, not away from it. Just tuck your chin and allow the momentum of the weight of your head to start to propel you up those stairs. You’ve just Alexander’ed! You’ve made better use of your body and used less energy by working with your body versus against it.
Next up, constructive rest. Never has improving your life been made so easy. It involves lying down for 15 minutes a day. What could be easier?!? Here’s how:
- Find a reasonably quiet place. Lie on your back on a flat, firm surface, like a carpeted floor, or a wooden floor with a yoga mat or thin blanket beneath you. Do not lie down on a bed, cot, or sofa, these surfaces are too soft and will not allow for your muscles to release.
- Place something firm beneath your head, such as a few thin books or magazines, for support. The height of this support will vary with each individual. The idea here is to lengthen the spine, so you want to find a height that allows your neck to stay in line with the rest of your spine, not bent too far back or forward. Try different heights to find the one that feels best to you and allows you to let your shoulders relax.
- Now, bend your knees to bring your feet flat onto the floor. Keep your heels in approximate line with your hips. It may take some playing around to find the right placement, but you’ll know you’ve found the “sweet spot” when keeping your knees up feels somewhat effortless.
- Next, bend your elbows to bring the palms of your hands to rest on the sides of your torso towards the bottom of your ribcage. Make sure your hands are not touching one another, and that there is plenty of space between your ribcage and elbows.
- Finally, close your eyes, breathe and allow the weight of your body to fall into the floor. Fifteen minutes later, you’ll feel practically brand new! (Here’s a great tutorial with a more in depth explanation: http://www.expandingself.com/constructive_rest. And here’s a video to help you out too: http://vimeo.com/170140.)
In a perfect world, we would all do this every day or our lives, but I aim for at least 3 to 4 times a week and still feel miraculous benefits. I haven’t needed migraine medication since I started constructively resting regularly and my bed and I have become best friends forever! Enjoy!
Post authored by Erin Jerozal
Applications for the iPhone (or, if you insist, the Droid or Blackberry) come at all price points, and in many shapes, sizes and…well…applications. Many people use the obvious ones; Facebook, Gmail etc. What many people don’t know is that if you look more closely at some of these apps (let’s exclude Angry Birds for the purpose of this discussion) you will find amazing time- and sanity- savers!
My favorite application, hands down, that I’ve installed recently is called “Things”. I have two clients, a documentary and a casting project to manage. And yoga teacher training. And the mundane stuff (buying groceries, cleaning the apartment, plotting world domination…). It was too much! I thought I was going to start ripping my hair out, tracking tasks on google tasks and with all these different lists and spreadsheets! It was too much. It was clunky, I needed my projects separated but not so separated that I couldn’t have them all in mind. And then I found Things! It was like a new religion in iPhone gadgetry!
Things can be downloaded on your mac and your iPhone and will sync between the two. You can use it to create tasks with due dates and separate those into projects as well as areas. When I’m sitting down to work on my documentary, I click that area and see all the projects I need to do. I see what is due imminently on top, and can easily understand my order of priorities without any further thought. When I complete a task, I click that satisfying little checkmark and the app logs all my completed tasks. I’m also able to create automatically recurring tasks; every month I need to reconcile Quickbooks for a client; that task generates with a due date automatically.
Things. Changed my life. It can change yours
Post authored by Laura Baron
I have always believed creativity and freedom are born in an environment of structure. A few well placed rules have never done me wrong. If I am able to structure my time and my life consciously, making informed choices about how and with whom I spend my time and energy, I am able to infuse my days with focused thought and am productive. Note the big “If” at the start of that sentence.
Living within a solid framework feels like being supported by a good firm mattress, as opposed to trying to sleep on a too soft and lumpy mattress. With a firm base underneath me I will get my sleep, whereas with a lumpy base and not as sound sleep, I will feel a little bit fuzzy all day. However, putting a good, solid framework into your life takes a lot of effort. Adhering to this framework takes about twenty times that much effort. But I think it’s worth it.
If you are going through one of those times where you feel all over the place, unanchored, restless and cranky, try giving yourself some structure. You will stop flailing for a bit, and maybe even flail productively when all of that energy is channelled thoughtfully. Here are a few good starting points.
Give Yourself a Reason
Give yourself a reason for each day. Write into your calendar, on a post-it, wherever, the point of each day. It is important that you handwrite or type this reason, don’t just store it in your brain – we all know how reliable that is. Infuse your day with this reason. Everything you do should be filtered through the reason. The reason can be anything, here are some examples.
Tactile Reason: The reason for Monday is to clean my apartment, which looks far closer to the hot mess that is Bloomingdale’s at the end of a Sunday than a place where someone actually lives.
So on Monday, when someone calls you and wants you to come out for coffee, but you haven’t cleaned a single crevice yet, don’t go. Your reason does not allow that choice for the moment. Structure, voila.
New Age Reason: The reason for Tuesday is to embrace my inner light.
So on Tuesday, when someone calls you and wants you to come out for coffee, but you don’t even really like the person who wants to double-shot-skim-cappuccino with you, don’t go. Your reason does not allow that choice for the moment. Structure, voila.
Stupid Reason: The reason for Wednesday is to get to Thursday.
This has legit been my reason for Wednesday many weeks running, and is totally valid and helpful.
So on Wednesday, when someone calls you and wants you to come out for coffee, but you have already had too much coffee in blind fear of the day that is Wednesday and haven’t even touched the pile of crap staring you in the face from your devil of an inbox, don’t go. Your reason does not allow that choice for the moment. Structure, voila.
Make One Rule
When you clearly identify a problem, make a rule about it for yourself to prohibit you from encountering said problem again. Try to play by your own rules. Don’t make a million, just one or two when expressly necessary.
Problem: When I eat spicy food I feel like my esophagus is actually on actual fire. No amount of Tums can cure this if it happens after 8PM.
Rule: I will not eat spicy food after 8PM.
Now you never have to go to sleep dreaming of a tiny, little, non-toxic fire extinguisher just for your burning innards. Structure, voila.
Problem: I cannot sleep if I’m at staring at screens too late into the night. I know I can’t – I just have visions of Fruit Ninjas all night long if I play until I turn off the light.
Rule: All electronics off at 10PM. I will read books (the ones with pages, not buttons) before bed instead of trying to slice up electronic fruits (high score 645).
Now you never have to dream about watermelon halves attacking you in the night or those pesky little bombs messing up your three-fruit slice. It’s a good game, don’t judge.
Start small with your structure. Give yourself plenty of room to grow. Add as much or as little support to your life as you need, and, as we always preach here at Praxis – be kind to yourself. You will not follow your own rules all the time, which is not cause for self deprecation - it is cause for growth.
Post authored by Brooke Stone
I just so happen to come from a family of extremely talented female cooks: my mother, my grandmother, my aunt, my cousins, my sister. I’m not exaggerating when I say every woman in my family has been blessed with the Kitchen Gene… except me. To be fair, I’m not horrible in the kitchen (in fact, I’m pretty skilled when it comes to making scrambled eggs), but I definitely spend more time collecting recipes than I do testing them. I’m constantly bookmarking ideas or e-mailing them to myself—all tagged in Gmail with a “Recipes” label, of course. Then there’s my manila folder full of ideas: pages torn from Real Simple and Women’s Health mixed with handwritten recipes scribbled on scraps of paper, and, for good measure, a few childhood favorites Xeroxed from my mother’s cookbooks. The only problem? I love feeling organized, and I hate not having one consistent means by which to keep track of all my carefully collected recipes—you know, the ones I’ll probably never make.
Needless to say, I’ve given this recipe situation a lot of thought. Here are a few (hopefully helpful) suggestions for storing and keeping track of your favorites:
Create an online cookbook. Sure, the Internet is full of databases like AllRecipes.com and virtual cookbooks like MyCookbook.com, but I’d rather have more control over the layout. My solution is a blog called “The Blogged Cookbook” (creative, I know)—a password-protected collection of recipes. The best part? My mom and sister have the log-in information so the three of us can share family recipes and build a comprehensive database of all our favorites. We tag each dish with keywords ranging from “cold weather” and “baked goods” to “healthy” and “side dishes”. The best part? Your recipes are accessible wherever you go.
Save your recipes in a Word document. One of my coworkers saves all his recipes in one document so he doesn’t have to store cookbooks in his apartment. I still prefer to save my recipes in a blog so I can access them remotely, but saving recipes in Word is a great way to eliminate clutter and save paper, especially if you use the “Notebook Layout” view and assign a different tab to each food category (Appetizers, Salads, Soups, Entrees, etc.)
Create a recipe binder. If you’re the hard-copy type, you can always buy a three-ring binder and some plastic sheet protectors with holes. Whether your recipes are ripped out from magazines or typed neatly, storing them in see-through covers keeps them legible and clean, and you can always add and delete recipes as needed. Use dividers to create customized sections—it’s like your own personalized, constantly evolving cookbook.
Go the Martha Stewart route. What’s wrong with a good ol’ fashioned recipe box? Handwrite your recipe on an index card and file it. You can always re-purpose a shoebox (I’m personally not crafty enough for something like that), use a photo-storage box, or look for an actual recipe box. Store it in the kitchen for easy access.
Use Pinterest. Oh, Pinterest. My new obsession. I just can’t get enough. If you’re already on Pinterest, you can probably relate. A virtual pinboard that allows you to organize and share images you find online, Pinterest is both useful and addictive. You can browse other people’s boards and then re-pin images you like (make sure to cite your sources and link back properly!) You can also install the “Pin It” button on your toolbar—just click it whenever you come across a delicious-looking recipe that you’d like to save for future reference. The end result? A visually stunning collection of images that would have otherwise wound up in some never-visited Bookmarks folder.
How about you? How do you store your recipes? I’d love to hear your ideas! Happy cooking!
Post authored by Lia Zneimer
Originally from Colorado, Lia is a Junior Publicist at Scholastic with a love of all things organized, color-coded, and grammatically correct. When she’s not drooling over sites like Praxis and Real Simple, Lia can be found working on her own blog, Simplicity. You can follow her on Twitter @liazneimer. (And be sure to check out Scholastic’s official blog, OOM.)
If accurate multitasking were an Olympic sport, I’d have a closet full of USA warm-up suits and a room full of gold medals. I can multitask with the very best of them. I can simultaneously answer the phone, file a folder, check a calendar, order lunch and blow my nose with meticulous attention to detail. It’s a wonderful skill to have and to hone, but it is not to be overused. That’s the secret to really being an expert. If you live in a constant state of multitasking, you don’t have anything left in your bag of tricks when the s*** really hits the fan. The Olympic medals of multitasking are made and lost in knowing when to turn the skill on.
I save time every day by saving my multitasking for when it really counts. High level multitasking can only be maintained for short bursts of time. If you try to operate at that level for too long, you cannot, absolutely CANNOT maintain the accuracy and you wind up having to go back over tasks you’ve already done. In general, I work much faster and complete long to-do lists easier if I tackle one thing at a time. But it can be hard to quiet the voices of all the other tasks waiting to be completed. What invariably happens is that a voice in my head keeps yelling out all these other items that I should also be putting my attention towards. This voice will keep shouting until it feels it has been heard and acknowledged – which usually leads to too much multitasking. “I’ll just take a break from this project to start on that other one, so I don’t stress about starting it or worry about forgetting it.” You’ve totally said and done that – don’t even try to pretend you haven’t!
All that switching between projects and actions takes time. To stop that from happening, anytime I start a project that is going to take me more than ten minutes, I start a “I Heard You The First Time” list. I make sure to have a notepad or post-it next to me at all times and anytime that voice pops up, I instantly write down what it says, so it doesn’t have to keep repeating itself. Even if the item seems silly – clearly my brain thinks I need to hear it, so I write it down so it doesn’t feel the need to keep reminding me, thereby distracting me from my task at hand. In the course of writing this blog post, I have written down 3 items on my “I Heard You The First Time List” (in the interest of over-sharing: add taxi receipt to budget spreadsheet, remember to bring computer tomorrow and use up broccoli in fridge for dinner tonight). As soon as I wrote each one down, that voice got quiet and I was able to focus back on the task at hand. If I had stopped typing to find the receipt and open my Excel spreadsheet or to go to the kitchen to set the broccoli on the counter, I would have lost momentum. I probably would have found other things to do along the way as well. If I’m getting the broccoli out, I might as well wash the carrots, since I’m here. And there my blog post sits, half written and still looming out there as an unfinished project. By sticking to it and quieting those nagging voices I save myself time, as well as frazzled anxious nerves, on a daily basis. I think I hear the Star-Spangled Banner – better get to the podium, my medal is waiting!
Post authored by Erin Jerozal
I have avoided having a full team meeting at BSLM for as long as humanly possible. Many meetings I attend are too long, unfocused, leaderless and happen at times of day when I am starving, leaving me no choice but to daydream about my lunch choice. I typically leave meetings wondering about clear, actionable next steps other than “find food.” But, I knew it was inevitable, that the time would come to bring our, mainly remote, team together. That day was yesterday.
I knew I had to take definitive steps to make the planning and execution of ours enjoyable, or at the very least, tolerable. Here are a few things I did to that end.
I scheduled our team meeting about 8 weeks in advance and was careful about how I described the gathering. I made it clear this was not a super serious, Brooke-talking-about-boring-things, type of meeting. It was instead a special occasion, a gathering never before seen in our company, and, for us, a milestone. I respectfully requested the presence of each team member, highlighting the meeting as an opportunity to be a part of the bigger picture. I also made sure everyone knew there would be plenty of food.
Naturally, as we do with things we are scared of, I put off sitting down and actually figuring out the structure for the meeting day after day. As the weeks went on and I kept ignoring this task, I decided to dedicate a little notebook (Muji A6 Double Ring Lined, Gray) to recording the random thoughts that popped into my head about what we needed to discuss, what might be good to bring up, what needed a good solid group think, etc. I kept adding to my notebook as the weeks went on and the meeting drew closer. I decided I would not look critically or organize this list until the week before the meeting. This way when I sat down with the monster list the still pertinent and vital topics would pop out at me, fingers crossed.
Creating An Agenda
The week before the meeting I pulled out my trusty notebook and got down to it. There were lots of scribbles and I discovered many of my notes echoed one another. There were themes, thank god, that I could clearly discern. Using the great new, free application Agreedo.com, suggested to me on Twitter by Julian Jansen (@JJansen83), I started plugging in agenda topics and making notes about the importance of each item. Little notes and reminders could be easily and neatly nestled under large categories, and Agreedo was so pretty and fun to use that before I knew it I was done.
Refining the Structure
After I pulled together the big ideas and created a good solid draft of an agenda I got down to the details. How could I facilitate the discussion of each agenda topic so it was engaging? I came up with interactive activities for each topic to get the conversation rolling. These activities called for our team members to get up and moving and talking to one another, instead of just talking to me or to the large group one by one. This helped, not only introduce and dig deeper into our agenda items, but also provided an opportunity for everyone to continue getting to know one another. I built in stretch breaks, food breaks, chat breaks, iPhone checking breaks – we all need them.
The morning of the meeting I woke up with butterflies in my stomach. Considering I spent most of my time in front of audiences of hundreds as a performer in my past life, that is saying something. I knew I had a solid plan, which I know makes everything possible, but could I execute and not just freak out?! I took a deep breath, had an extra cup of coffee and reminded myself why I and started this company in the first place. Then I ate a croissant, mumbled a jumbled Sanskrit/Hebrew ish prayer and went for it.
During our meeting I tried to pay close attention to everyone, making sure people had all the time they needed to ask questions, bring their ideas to the group and understand the concepts we were discussing fully. If people were looking bored, I was prepared to ask why. Leading this meeting was a growing opportunity for me too after all!
We had a great meeting and now I’m not so scared of the next one. Per usual, having a solid structure and taking it step by step proved the best tools in my belt. I was a little exhausted, but thrilled with the results.
If you have any ideas, or recommendations about meeting planning and execution please share them in our comments! I try to get better everyday, so thanks for your help.
Post authored by Brooke Stone
COCONUT OIL – A Money Saving Combination
A Conspiracy - Do you ever wonder why your pantyhose run so easily? Pantyhose are made from nylon. Mineral oil weakens nylon. Most body lotions contain mineral oil. So when you put body lotion on your legs before putting your pantyhose on, you are weakening the nylon, enabling it to run more easily. The pantyhose manufacturers and body lotion producers are making a lot of money off you!
An Economic Solution – It is more economic to use organic coconut oil for two reasons: organic coconut oil is cheaper than body lotion – one jar of coconut oil can last over a year – how many bottles of body lotion do you buy during a year? Your pantyhose won’t run as often so you won’t need to buy as many. Use pure organic coconut oil on your legs instead of body lotion. Organic coconut oil can be found in the cooking section of your health conscious grocery store. I keep a jar of organic coconut oil in the bathroom for moisturizing after showers.
To the Naysayers – If you say, “Isn’t it greasy?” The answer is a resounding “No!” My skin has never been healthier looking. I’m 51 and my skin is soft without any dry wrinkling. My elephant elbows are no more thanks to a little dab of coconut oil (a little goes a long way). Your body heat melts the oil into an easily spread-able liquid.
But Wait There’s More! – I also keep another jar in the kitchen to cook with! It’s a delicious and healthful alternative to cooking with butter. If you can eat it, I figure it is healthier to put on your skin than any man made moisturizer, which usually contains chemicals, preservatives, scents, etc. Your skin is one of your most important organs and it is better to avoid having chemicals touching your skin.
CHOCOLATE CHIPS – Getting a Cheap Fix
Are You a Chocoholic? – I am! Dark chocolate and white chocolate are my preference. And I’m always looking for new ways to buy chocolate cheaper.
Tax-Free! – Did you know that baking chips in NY are tax-free but chocolate bars are taxed? So, to get my fix cheaper, I buy bittersweet dark chocolate chips or white chocolate chips instead of chocolate bars. If they are on sale, I stock up.
Calorie Counting – I bring them to work in glass jars and snack on them as needed. This also cuts down on calories – instead of having to eat an entire candy bar, I only eat a handful of chocolate at a time.
VINEGAR AND WASHABLE & REUSABLE RAGS – Being Green Can Save You Money
Nature’s Way – Buy vinegar in 1 gallon bottles from any grocery store. Make sure the label says “made from grain”. If the label doesn’t say “made from grain”, the vinegar was made in the laboratory. Vinegar is 5% acid, which kills everything except mold spores. Vinegar is much cheaper than most cleaning products you buy. Even better, stock up when it is on sale! Pour into spray bottles to use.
Rag Time – Instead of using paper towels to clean with, try using washable reusable rags. I bought a 2 foot high stack of ugly 100% cotton washcloths on sale several years ago and I’m still using them wherever possible to clean with. Of course, for really gross things I do still use some paper towels, but for every day cleaning using the rags vastly reduces the amount of paper towels I buy and throw away.
Go Green – In addition to minimizing the cost of buying cleaning products and paper towels, I’m also helping the environment by reducing waste and using products that pollute less.
Post authored by Elizabeth Metura