Win $100 Gift Card and Gift Bag from Scott Common Sense

by Susan

ScottBlogRemember Janice told you how I’ve been moonlighting over at Scott Common Sense?

(And if you follow my Facebook profile, you’ll realize it really has been moonlighting since I do much of my writing in the middle of the night.)

Well, our friends over at Scott Common Sense have a gift for a couple of you.

scottnaturalsnapkinsOne lucky winner will receive a $100 Gift Card and Gift Bag and the second will receive a Gift Bag. The Gift Bags will be full of products from their new Scott Naturals Line.

If you’d like to win, just leave us a comment with a tip/idea/suggestion for adding a bit of Green to your life.

We’ll announce the winner here on Saturday, September 19th.

In the meantime, go check out my latest articles at Scott Common Sense:

Menu Planning
5 Back To School Money and Time Saving Tips
Time for Bed?!? Easing Back in to School Schedules…



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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 peggy1116 August 28, 2009 at 10:15 am

Hang your clothes out on the line,they smell so good and save on electricity and when you was ,wash in cold water.

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2 rhondabrand August 28, 2009 at 10:19 am

I'd love to win. We're going green here a little at a time.
Cutting baby wipes in half is a good idea to decrease waste. We also recycle everything under the sun.

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3 rhondabrand August 28, 2009 at 10:21 am

I'd love to win. Cut your baby wipes in 1/2 to decrese waste. And of course, recycle, recycle, recycle.

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4 April1p August 28, 2009 at 10:34 am

Best green tip I can recommend is if your are into gardening start a compost barrel for your yard or keep a small composter in your kitchen. Food waste you throw away can become wonderful fertilizer for your plants.

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5 April1p August 28, 2009 at 10:35 am

I subscribe to your rss feed through yahoo reader.

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6 April1p August 28, 2009 at 10:35 am

I receive your newsletter through my yahoo email.

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7 April1p August 28, 2009 at 10:38 am
8 brendasmith August 28, 2009 at 10:51 am

To make your own baby wipes

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9 Karen August 28, 2009 at 11:08 am

Here's a few: Turn your sprinklers off when its raining. I see so many people running their sprinklers when it's been raining on a regular basis, sometimes WHILE it's raining! Use reusable containers for your children's school lunches – get rid of all the sandwich bags and juice boxes.

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10 Linda August 28, 2009 at 11:11 am

I love cleaning! Wish I had more time for it. Use vinegar and warm water to clean your hardwood floors and windows. Best clean you will see.

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11 heathererbe August 28, 2009 at 11:13 am

We have changed all our light bulbs in our house to compact florescent ones. It saves a lot on our electric bill.

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12 Emily E. August 28, 2009 at 11:28 am

I carpool to save gas and money! Greenier for the enviroment and my wallet. ;)

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13 Angie August 28, 2009 at 11:29 am

We have given up paper plates and cups to try to help the environment more. I also have a ton of reusable bags now that I use when shopping. Now if I could only remember to bring them in to the store each and every time ha ha

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14 mattschmunk August 28, 2009 at 11:30 am

We're being more green by using reusable bags when we go to the grocery stores. It seems they often hold more, are more sturdy, and we don't waste the plastic bags every time.

mattschmunk at hotmail dot com

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15 selenem August 28, 2009 at 11:39 am

We recycle everything we can. I use cloth bags when shopping. I'm trying to use washable cloths instead of grabbing paper towels. We properly dispose of any hazardous waste, electronic equipment, etc.

kg4rmt at arrl dot net

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16 Linsay C August 28, 2009 at 11:39 am

Awesome giveaway, I love scott and I love green! Check out http://www.ecostoreusa.com to add a little of both greens to your life. Hurry tho their offer for buy one get one free ends the 31st!

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17 julie August 28, 2009 at 11:42 am

when you walk…bring a bag handy to pick up garbage on the street.

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18 Leslie M August 28, 2009 at 11:46 am

I recycle EVERYTHING. Newspapers, Bottles, cans, cups, jars, you name it.. and i make sure Hubby and my daughter do too!
I also make my own cleaner from Vinegar (a Tbs in quart of water) in a spray bottle! Use this on Window and Mirrors! Then wipe dry with newspapers! YUP, there is something in the print that gets mirror streakfree CLEAN! Works like a charm!
Leslie

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19 Leslie M August 28, 2009 at 11:47 am

I subscriber

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20 Leslie M August 28, 2009 at 11:48 am

I receive the newsletter
Leslie

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21 Leilani August 28, 2009 at 11:53 am

Compost!

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22 KLTTX August 28, 2009 at 12:07 pm

We bring bags with us when we go to the store.

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23 Annie August 28, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Find your local farmers market for fresh local produce. Especially good in the summer time and early fall! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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24 Jingle August 28, 2009 at 12:37 pm

We have purchased various containers for lunches and leftovers and other things and virtually eliminated the use of plastic baggies! I am excited because this was a more difficult change for us, but I am glad to have done it!

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25 peach106 August 28, 2009 at 12:53 pm

I use reusable bags for my groceries instead of plastic or paper from the market.

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26 Amy August 28, 2009 at 12:54 pm

There are several things. We wash in cold water. We hang dry most of our clothes. We are improving our recycling system. We turn lights off all the time and use reusable items for eating, shopping, etc. whenever possible.

What a cool giveaway!

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27 Lolli August 28, 2009 at 12:56 pm

We are big recyclers at our house. It has become a habit for all of us. We also try to reuse things (bags, clothes, shoes, etc) as much as possible. I could sure use the $100 gift card!

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28 kim5801 August 28, 2009 at 1:47 pm

use less water!! take less showers and baths. :)

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29 suzannegriscom August 28, 2009 at 1:47 pm

“I earned an extra entry with today's newsletter.”

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30 ElliK August 28, 2009 at 2:01 pm

using reusable grocery bags is an easy idea

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31 Jackie August 28, 2009 at 2:03 pm

I love going to farmer's markets – wonderful produce and it's also a support to the local community!
Thanks so much!

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32 Jackie August 28, 2009 at 2:04 pm

I'm a subscriber…

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33 86debsmith August 28, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Great Give Away! I use the toilet wpies, they are great! Things we do here are signing up for paperless billing on everything, CFL bulbs, using our own bags at the store. The most benfical thing I do is making all our cleaners and laundry soap. Easy on the earth our clothes and the old wallet! We all win then. Thanks!

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34 pattymarie August 28, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Going Green for our family mostly entails finding ways to reuse or recycle anything we can. My husband loves to salvage materials for his building and home improvement projects. Our fence is salvaged wood, our walking path in the backyard salvaged brick, and almost all of our furniture is recycled from family or friends or made by him from reclaimed barn wood. We spent next to nothing on all of these things, kept them from going to the dump, and our house and yard benefit greatly!

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35 chyk August 28, 2009 at 2:55 pm

we re-use glass containers from food to store food (pickles jars are the best!)

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36 katiekarr August 28, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Install a rain barrel to catch roof runoff for watering plants. Green for conservation and green from your lovely plants!

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37 aprilgup August 28, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Always use cold water for the laundry!

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38 aprilgup August 28, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Always use cold water for the laundry!

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39 katnjim1221 August 28, 2009 at 3:30 pm

We buy items that are made of recycled products. They work just as good as the stuff not made from recycled products. We also conserve water as much as possible, and we have a garden.

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40 Jaclyn Reynolds August 28, 2009 at 3:43 pm

We reuse jars and containers and are very conscious about how much trash we put out.

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41 Carrie August 28, 2009 at 3:49 pm

I am still new at the “Green” thing but we use reusable grocery bags, eat organic produce and my husband and I car pool to work.

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42 twoundertwo August 28, 2009 at 4:05 pm

We carpool to work together every day! It saves the environment buy using less gas, and we also save MONEY! YEAH!

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43 brandy3 August 28, 2009 at 4:09 pm

recycle. we just moved into a apartment complex that has recycle bins everywhere. so were really excited to be recycling now

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44 shannons1 August 28, 2009 at 4:13 pm

Try to make sure what you buy has as little packaging as possible.

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45 margaretsmith August 28, 2009 at 4:39 pm

We no longer use the single serve plastic water bottles. Instead, we use the stainless steel reusable bottles.
wonderful giveaway. Thanks so much.

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46 LiveLaughLoveCj August 28, 2009 at 4:55 pm

I use a vinegar water solution, or baking soda and water paste for a lot of my kitchen cleaning. No chemicals, all natural.

I try to use recyclable products when and where I can.
We also recycle everything that leaves this house, garbage wise, and also use the return from those bottles and cans (when we have them) to use to save for something fun for the whole house.

I also have a cup that is BPA free that I reuse for my daily water intake (so no plastic water bottles)

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47 Jessica August 28, 2009 at 5:05 pm

Switch to online banking to reduce waste!

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48 Mikki Clagett August 28, 2009 at 5:21 pm

My favorite 'green' tip are to actually use those reusable totes for grocery stores. Once you get in the habit of bringing them in, it becomes a must. I get frustrated with myself now if I forget to bring them in.

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49 jzagarjr August 28, 2009 at 5:21 pm

Wash your clothes with cold water

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50 sarahhub August 28, 2009 at 5:37 pm

I have been using wash cloths instead of the tons of paper towels I used to clean up with!

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51 Cee August 28, 2009 at 5:37 pm

Not practical for everyone, but I recommend washing by hand for smaller households, and then line-drying. Companies like Lehmans offer electricity-free washers, and you'll save so much on energy costs, plus get a workout to boot!

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52 krystinamcmillen August 28, 2009 at 5:41 pm

here's my comment!

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53 krystinamcmillen August 28, 2009 at 5:43 pm

im sorry, i read it wrong, my tips is to use grocery bags as trash bags

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54 mindy August 28, 2009 at 5:57 pm

reuse recycle and refurbish

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55 stacykin August 28, 2009 at 6:12 pm

use your fruit and veggie scraps for compost

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56 Tina August 28, 2009 at 6:37 pm

use energy efficient lighte bullbs, recycle everything!!

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57 mocha89 August 28, 2009 at 6:47 pm

Use reusable bags when we go to the grocery store.
austma7@aol.com

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58 Stephanie V. August 28, 2009 at 7:02 pm

fantastic and about time.
tvollowitz at aol dot com

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59 Stephanie V. August 28, 2009 at 7:04 pm

opps- forgot my tip – buy everyone in your house stainless steel water bottles to stop the plasitc bottle abuse!
tvollowitz at aol dot com

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60 nicole August 28, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Buy reusable grocery sacks instead of using paper or plastic.

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61 Hurdler4eva August 28, 2009 at 7:14 pm

I have been buying more and more of my food from the local farmer's market. This is a great and tasty way to go green!

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62 Pat B August 28, 2009 at 7:24 pm

Reusable grocery totes, and taking my coffee to work every day – think of all the styrofoam cups I'm not using!

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63 Rita R Sheppard August 28, 2009 at 7:32 pm

We're replacing bottled water with stainless steel bottles that we refill with our own filtered water out of the faucet.

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64 Rita R Sheppard August 28, 2009 at 7:33 pm

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65 Rita R Sheppard August 28, 2009 at 7:34 pm

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66 mverno August 28, 2009 at 7:45 pm

take it easy on how long you stay in the shower mverno@roadrunner.com

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67 nenieves August 28, 2009 at 7:58 pm

I AM GREEN EVERY CHANCE

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68 lazybones344 August 28, 2009 at 8:01 pm

Try natural cleaning products, because they smell much better and work just as good.

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69 alycep August 28, 2009 at 8:18 pm

I always analyze my errand car trips to make them as efficient as possible-I try to make as many stops in one trip and take the shortest route to avoid going out more often and wasting gas.

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70 srkb August 28, 2009 at 8:46 pm

hanging your clothes outside on the line instead of drying them in the dryer

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71 ky2here August 28, 2009 at 8:53 pm

If you're composting, remember you can add dryer lint.

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72 kathywood August 28, 2009 at 8:55 pm

We burn any paper trash. We live in the country so we are allowed. It cuts what we contribute to the landfills by at least half!

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73 KPort207 August 28, 2009 at 8:58 pm

Stop buying bottled water and use a brita pitcher instead, thanks.

kport207 at gmail dot com

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74 agordon10 August 28, 2009 at 9:02 pm

I buy our meat from a , local farm and store it in bulk as well as eggs and honey.

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75 michelleNKayla August 28, 2009 at 9:53 pm

I keep reusable shopping bags in the trunk of my van and pull them out whenever I go shopping.

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76 tawnda August 28, 2009 at 10:06 pm

I recycle everything I can… and reuse alot of the bottles or jars that I buy. Pay attention to how companies package their products… if it's flat-out wasteful, I get a real sour taste in my mouth about their product line(s).

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77 randi August 28, 2009 at 10:08 pm

Plant a garden! Vegetables grown in your very own garden taste soooo good!

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78 BeautifulCalling August 28, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Here are some of my green things: http://www.beautifulcalling.ca/2009/04/more-gre
I love it when paper products are made with recycled paper!

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79 Cathy Wilcox August 28, 2009 at 10:33 pm

We changed out all our light bulbs to energy efficient ones and added 8 inches to the insulation in our attic to reduce electricity usage.

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80 lostinthemission August 28, 2009 at 10:39 pm

It's the little things that count. I get some of my food from a farmer's auction. I save money, and get healthier produce. Also, using green products as often as possible. If it's only a little more in cost then it is worth it.

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81 Jayne August 28, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Unplugging the TV and taking a walk or gardening instead is good for you and the planet.

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82 Becky August 28, 2009 at 10:44 pm

Use a rotary push mower instead of an electric one.

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83 Becky August 28, 2009 at 10:46 pm

I earned an extra entry with today's newsletter

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84 Ms. T. August 28, 2009 at 10:50 pm

Myself I recycle everything that there is also.

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85 bettycd August 28, 2009 at 10:51 pm

I'm using microfiber cloths for cleaning. With only water, its amazing how well they clean the glass cooking top, the messy microwave and other kitchen appliances. They go thru the wash and get used again and again. This is reducing the need for cleansers and paper towels.
Found microfiber cloths for cleaning kitchen, bathroom, and even the car in the dollar store.

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86 Whitney August 28, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Although it isnt possible for every errand, we try to walk more…to the grocery (where we can only buy what we carry home, in reusable bags) and on errands around town. Not only does it save gas, but we get some exercise in as well.

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87 rebeccaisthrilledbythethought August 28, 2009 at 11:31 pm

We don't have recycling where I live, so I really had no idea how to go about doing it. But we have started by saving all paper (esp. junk mail) and taking it to a paper/recycling dumpster. Cuts our trash down SO MUCH!

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88 Stacy August 28, 2009 at 11:40 pm

We use washcloths as kitchen rags instead of paper towel

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89 kaywolter August 28, 2009 at 11:41 pm

KayMI this would be so helpful…cut coupons and do sales together

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90 Jessica Maurer August 29, 2009 at 12:11 am

Instead of purchasing water bottles all the time, buy a few aluminum water bottles at a sports store. You can reuse them day after day & you're not using up all those plastic bottles anymore.

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91 namefail August 29, 2009 at 12:33 am

it would be of great assistance if all the Churches would start a re-cycling center at the church….this would also provide jobs for young people to earn and learn. if all the members would bring their recycles, it would greatly enhance the reuse of some things….I/e newspapers, aluminum,,,glass or anything that would raise funds. also,,,it would greatly benefit the americn people if the current administration would install a national deposit law including bottled water,,etc.

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92 berwyn100 August 29, 2009 at 2:17 am

I use a solar oven instead of an electric oven to conserve electricity!

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93 David August 29, 2009 at 3:57 am

Take the bus.

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94 Tina J August 29, 2009 at 6:09 am

Wash your clothes in cold water. It costs to much to run hot water. Also as always do laundry after 7 to save energy!

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95 Erica C. August 29, 2009 at 6:18 am

Make recycling fun for the kids but letting them decorate the different containers. Keep the house feeling cooler but getting fun/funky curtains to keep the heat to a minimum.

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96 Granola Mom August 29, 2009 at 6:40 am

I love this post! This is why I started my blog! If you want to add a little bit of green to your day . . . .

Use cloth napkins instead of paper or rags for paper towels (we still have paper towels for disgusting messes). Place a basket in your kitchen. When it gets full, wash it!

Make your own cleaning solution. It is so simple!

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97 merle August 29, 2009 at 6:42 am

pull the weeds, forget roundup.

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98 hawkshoe August 29, 2009 at 7:29 am

I keep reusable bags in my car so I can use them whenever I shop.

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99 risanjax August 29, 2009 at 7:35 am

Always store reusable shopping bags in each car to help with any shopping, especially the grocery store.

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100 Linda Fish August 29, 2009 at 7:58 am

Grow your own organic vegetables

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101 pamelacallahan August 29, 2009 at 8:03 am

There are several “green” activities that we do – we changed out all of our lightbulbs – we recycle everything – we use re-usable shopping bags instead of plastic. My goal is to get a “hybrid” vehicle!

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102 Mel4Him August 29, 2009 at 8:18 am

My suggestion would be to invest in a water purification system or a water pitcher. Not only will it help you to save money on water but it will also help to save the planet by reducing the amount of plastic water bottles that land in our landfills each year. : )

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103 Mel4Him August 29, 2009 at 8:18 am

I subscribe to your newsletter.

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104 crygibb August 29, 2009 at 8:24 am

Vinegar has helped us go green. I buy a big container, and it is a lot cheaper than buying all these other chemicals that I end up not being happy with.

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105 jilltonja August 29, 2009 at 8:43 am

We put a mason jar filled with water in the back of our toilets so they use less water.

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106 Lisa Carr August 29, 2009 at 9:23 am

I reuse ziploc bags. Rinse them out, let them dry. I also cut my facial cleansing cloths in half.

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107 Lisa Carr August 29, 2009 at 9:25 am

I am subscribed to your feed.

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108 Lisa Carr August 29, 2009 at 9:25 am

I am subscribed via email, too.

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109 Lisa Carr August 29, 2009 at 9:33 am
110 Ellen C. August 29, 2009 at 9:42 am

We try to repurpose as much as possible. We also buy our vegetables from local farm stands. Thanks for the chance.

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111 neneelynn August 29, 2009 at 9:47 am

I would like to win. I recycle most things and I recycle paper by cutting it up and using the other side to use for notes. I then get the most out of my paper.

neneelynn@yahoo.com

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112 jalapenomama August 29, 2009 at 9:48 am

Most important – I recycle everything possible.
For example I had lots of canning jars.
I kept them until I found someone who could use them.

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113 denise August 29, 2009 at 9:51 am

We use our own reuseable bags for the grocery store and buy eco-friendly cleaners.

denise_22315(at)yahoo(dot)com

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114 Laura August 29, 2009 at 9:54 am

I'm trying to add some green to my life by making my own chemical-free cleaning products.

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115 chris conanan August 29, 2009 at 10:00 am

buy products made of recycled waste like foil,napkins,etc.

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116 scarlette10 August 29, 2009 at 10:17 am

We recycle all we can and try and make our home more energy efficient with insulation and updated windows

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117 LindaKish August 29, 2009 at 10:18 am

Try to limit packaging when buying products and recycle whatever you can.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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118 cneiding August 29, 2009 at 10:19 am

everytime you are throwing something away ask yourself if you could have used something different that would have been reuseable or ask if it could be recycled instead

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119 Carol G August 29, 2009 at 10:29 am

I recycle whatever I can–this includes donating items that I can't use to Goodwill. Most of my reading comes from the library or from swapping books online.

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120 LT at A Day With Two August 29, 2009 at 10:39 am

We try and add a bit of green to our life by using reusable shopping bags and we recycle as many things as we can!

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121 ctcouponchic August 29, 2009 at 11:14 am

I try to wash all of my clothes in one day so I can conserve energy with my dryer if I am not hanging the clothes outside. When the dryer is already hot from using it consecutively, it uses less energy :)

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122 sunnyview99 August 29, 2009 at 11:21 am

My tip to add a bit of green to your life is to recycle more than you are now. Thanks for the giveaway!

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123 stampedwithgrace August 29, 2009 at 11:21 am

we use cloth diapers, shop garage sales and recycle!

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124 stampedwithgrace August 29, 2009 at 11:25 am

subscriber :)

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125 stampedwithgrace August 29, 2009 at 11:28 am

I get your newsletter!

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126 stampedwithgrace August 29, 2009 at 11:29 am

your button's on my blog :)

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127 lilshuga2001 August 29, 2009 at 11:32 am

omg! I am trying to go green by recycling more. I also use my own reusable shopping bags!

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128 lilshuga2001 August 29, 2009 at 11:32 am

I subscribe!

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129 Karen B August 29, 2009 at 11:55 am

Recycle everything possible, donate unwanted things that are in good condition, use fewer paper products.

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130 Karen B August 29, 2009 at 11:56 am

Newsletter subscriber

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131 michelledraveski August 29, 2009 at 11:59 am

we have started riding our bikes anywhere that is in a mile of our house

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132 Marcia Goss August 29, 2009 at 12:01 pm

We have a compost pile for our garden. We also recycle newspapers, aluminum cans, and glass bottles.

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133 ShariD August 29, 2009 at 12:14 pm

I try to ride my bike instead of teking the car for shorter distances.

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134 jenswps August 29, 2009 at 12:19 pm

We use natural plant based cleaners as much as possible to cut down on toxic chemicals. We also don't buy plastic disposable water bottles.

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135 JRG August 29, 2009 at 12:23 pm

We save electricity by using many sunlights in the rooms here in AZ.

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136 Brandon Ralston August 29, 2009 at 1:00 pm

I recycle glass and plastic and I pick up trash in my neighborhood.

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137 idahojill August 29, 2009 at 1:10 pm

I have been using only 'green' cleaning supplies, thanks!

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138 Carol W. August 29, 2009 at 1:44 pm

I am more conscious of turning off the water when brushing teeth and only turning it on when I actually need the water.

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139 penguin28 August 29, 2009 at 1:57 pm

To add a bit of green to your life, try to eliminate all baggies, plastic wrap, foil, paper plates, anything disposible. Each week try to eliminate using at least one disposible item from your home.

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140 angelaj August 29, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Phase out your old toxic cleaners and replace them with green products

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141 sphinx63 August 29, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Buy all natural cleaners for cleaning your bathroom. They smell great, too!

sphinxcw at aol dot com

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142 mickeyfan August 29, 2009 at 2:35 pm

In addition to things like recycling plastic, glass, etc…I'm having a clothing exchange for my friends. We'll get “new” (to us) clothes from each other and get rid of things we no longer want with no guilt!

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143 joannieME August 29, 2009 at 3:07 pm

We hang our clothes to dry, recycle magazines, unplug electronics when not in use, eat what's in season, and don't use paper plates and cups.

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144 grubmama August 29, 2009 at 3:17 pm

We changed all our light bulbs to energy efficient ones.

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145 Shannon August 29, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Limit your time in the shower.

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146 Petula August 29, 2009 at 3:39 pm

If you're not going to use cloth napkins then only use half of a paper napkin per person to reduce waste. I also cut fabric sheets in half and sometimes paper towels.

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147 lisalo August 29, 2009 at 4:07 pm

Adding a bit of green to my life.
Tossing spinach leaves into the salad and also
getting one of those “green” lightbulbs too.

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148 Jacob August 29, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Make a game out of how fast you can clean yourself. This can limit shower times and save money as well as water usage

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149 nad1010 August 29, 2009 at 5:05 pm

We recycle whenever possible and do not drink bottled water anymore to reduce the amount of plastic filling our landfills.

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150 Allison Wilson August 29, 2009 at 5:10 pm

My tip for adding a little green to your life is to walk or ride a bike whenever possible instead of taking your car.

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151 angie August 29, 2009 at 5:54 pm

Using cloths instead of paper towels, washing in cold water, buying recycled products, and only leaving the light on in the room that you are in.

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152 LittleEagle August 29, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Recycle the plastic pots that transplants come in at your local nursery.

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153 dglitter August 29, 2009 at 6:05 pm

We changed out most of our lightbulbs to the curlicue kind almost 3 years ago-we have not had a single burn-out yet! Amazing, since before, we were always changing lightbulbs. Thank you!

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154 caroldz August 29, 2009 at 6:27 pm

cdziuba@aol.com Take reuseable bags to the market. Stash them in your car so you always have them on hand. I even have one that folds into a tiny thing, in my purse.

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155 jeanf August 29, 2009 at 6:46 pm

wash in cold water, and hang the clothes out on the line

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156 Heather S August 29, 2009 at 6:53 pm

Use recycled paper for hte printer and notes

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157 Lindsay August 29, 2009 at 7:01 pm

We got these special surge protectors that have on/off switches. I plug in all of our stuff that we don't use on a regular basis (video game consuls, vcr, dvd player) and I keep it turned off when it's not in use. Since electronics drain energy when plugged in even when you're not using them, this is a really easy way to turn them all off.

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158 Anne Dreher August 29, 2009 at 7:02 pm

I only wash clothes in cold water and line dry to save on the electric bill.

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159 lavonnelong August 29, 2009 at 7:13 pm

I have actually been buying recycled toilet paper at costco for quite cheap. I like it. I will have to check out this Scotts at the store and see how it compares. We also use water bottles not diposable, that has made a big difference.

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160 mom2maya August 29, 2009 at 7:22 pm

I think the envirosax/Joey sacs are a great idea for saving on using plastic bags at retail stores. I carry three that easily fit in my purse – to help eliminate “bagnesia” because I frequently forget to bring them with me!

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161 luciusxavier August 29, 2009 at 7:34 pm

Upgrade to low flow toilet to help conserve water mr_lucius_xavier@yahoo.com

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162 Susan Chew August 29, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Reusing everyday items helps to keep buying “new”. You'd be surprised with all the creative ways you can use something!

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163 Staci August 29, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Use reusable containers for packing lunches instead of baggies. My son loves all the special little containers we bought him and it's so much better for the environment.

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164 Marisa Moore August 29, 2009 at 8:14 pm

A new one I've discovered– recycled paint! The brand is Metro, and it's 98% recycled from old paint, and they have a small but decent selection of colors.

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165 Julie August 29, 2009 at 8:38 pm

We used to buy bottled water all the time. Now we don't. I have several water bottles that I use. We also are recycling our newspapers and magazines.

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166 amanda August 29, 2009 at 8:43 pm

utilize solar energy..solar pannels,lights,decorations..anything to use less electric

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167 bridget3420 August 29, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Turn off the lights when you leave a room

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168 Elkaye August 29, 2009 at 8:58 pm

Learn to enjoy cold showers. It's not so bad, especially if you live in an area that is constantly hot.

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172 teresal August 29, 2009 at 9:16 pm

I am trying very hard to convert to Green. I recycle cans and plastics. I save on electricity by hanging clothes out, turning off lights, and I turn off anything that is not being used and unplug them. I walk whenever I can to avoid driving and using gas. Its taking some time to adjust but Im getting there.

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174 llinda29 August 29, 2009 at 9:25 pm

Yardsale more. If you buy used that ia keeping new resources from being used.

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175 Dawn August 29, 2009 at 9:35 pm

I try to ride my bike for short trips instead of using my car.

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176 LIDARKSIDE August 29, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Scrap your household metal

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177 rondadoug August 29, 2009 at 9:58 pm

I take reuseable bags to the store and I also try to walk to the store instead of driving. I only turn on the dishwasher if it is full and I always only wash full loads of laundry in cold water.

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178 Kim August 29, 2009 at 10:12 pm

I started using paperless billing, I no longer use paper plates or cups, changed all the light bulbs in the house and I take reusable bags to the grocery store!

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180 kathystevenson August 29, 2009 at 11:24 pm

Recycle!

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183 tascher25 August 30, 2009 at 1:44 am

We now try to keep our air up to 80* and use fans. We live in las vegas so if we can do it everyone can !

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184 randycur0962 August 30, 2009 at 6:26 am

Recycle your cans and plastics, it'll help your community and planet…plus it's easy to do and makes you feel good knowing you're doing your part to help save our planet for future generations.

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185 carolerossi August 30, 2009 at 7:14 am

I have always done everything green –raised on a farm–I don't understand all the green hype–it should come naturally. Reuse, turn off, recycle, don't use harsh chemicals.

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186 The_Happy_Wife August 30, 2009 at 7:31 am

Turn off and/or unplug electronics when they are not in use.

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187 TESL283 August 30, 2009 at 9:56 am

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188 lastnerve August 30, 2009 at 10:57 am

We have a Kuerig coffee machine and those little cups we put in there, we recycle and use once again. Kuerig actually makes a lid that goes on top so they are reuseable. I know it's nothing big but it is recycling though.

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189 daveg0929 August 30, 2009 at 11:31 am

I take the bus and don't drive.

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190 Rose O. August 30, 2009 at 12:10 pm

Invest in a water filtration system instead of buying bottled water.

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191 Jeanine August 30, 2009 at 1:07 pm

I try to do my part by recycling :) jtrophy at gmail dot com

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192 Tina12312 August 30, 2009 at 1:30 pm

The best advice I have is to compost and recycle. It's amazing how much does not go out to the trash in our house now. Thank you!

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193 Smokeysmom August 30, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Change out your lightbulbs to the Energy Savings bulbs, I did. Use recyclable containers for school/work lunches instead of plastic wrap, foil and plastic baggies, and use Baking Soda as a carpet freshener-just sprinkle it on your carpets and vacuum as usual. Baking Soda is a great all purpose cleaner, too:)

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198 erinnnn August 30, 2009 at 4:23 pm

would loooooove to win. an easy way to be green is to walk!

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199 Kate August 30, 2009 at 4:41 pm

My favorite way to add Green to my life is through organic house plants. Some are natural air cleaners – much more effective than those electric contraptions people buy. Plus I grow herbs for cooking – fresh and healthy.

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200 CJNEDROW August 30, 2009 at 4:47 pm

We recycle everything we can and also try to keep the air conditioning and heater at a reasonable temperature.
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202 betsyw August 30, 2009 at 4:52 pm

I try to walk or bike to the grocery store whenever possible. It limits how much I buy to whatever fits in my backpack, and it saves gas and limits my car use.

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203 Kendra August 30, 2009 at 4:57 pm

We cloth diaper and clean the house with a mixture of vinegar and water.

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204 Kendra August 30, 2009 at 5:04 pm
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206 spitfyr323 August 30, 2009 at 5:15 pm

Get rid of all your toxic cleaners and invest in Seventh Generation products. They work well, smell great and are wonderful for the environment. Win-win-win!

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207 barbarawr August 30, 2009 at 5:18 pm

Everybody has reusable bags these days; not everyone uses them. Get the ones that fold up very small and fit into your purse. Then you will ALWAYS have them when you need them because you need your purse to pay for whatever you buy.

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208 Kendra August 30, 2009 at 5:23 pm

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209 Kendra August 30, 2009 at 5:25 pm

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210 janna johnson August 30, 2009 at 5:44 pm

change all your light bulbs to cfl bulbs!

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211 danosor August 30, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Buy from local farmer's or grow your own garden.

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212 Janice J August 30, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Turn your lights off whenever you leave a room. We use reuseable
bags and recycle.

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213 Jennifer M August 30, 2009 at 7:46 pm

We've switched to reusable containers for lunch rather than disposable.

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214 Alicia Webster August 30, 2009 at 8:16 pm

We use only cloth napkins, and lunch bags made out of fabric. We have three small children, so if we are going to be on the road for any length of time, we pack a lunch or snack, so that we are not tempted to buy fast food. And we always bring sippy cups and water bottles also, so that we don't get thirsty and have to stop and buy a drink.

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215 carogonza August 30, 2009 at 9:02 pm

I use reusable bags when going to the grocery store.

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216 ingridjen August 30, 2009 at 9:11 pm

I have switched to green tote bags when grocery shopping.

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217 cstironkat August 30, 2009 at 11:46 pm

I no longer use paper plates, napkins or towels. Microfiber cloth cleans great with only a little water so it needs no chemicals. I also use filtered water and I no longer need bottled.

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218 jessyneil August 31, 2009 at 12:06 am

This isn't very unique – but I'm trying to compost!

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219 jessyneil August 31, 2009 at 12:06 am

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221 lorieshewbridge August 31, 2009 at 12:11 am

We try very hard to recycle everything that we can, and try to buy products that are made from recycled materials.
Thanks for the chance to win this giveaway.

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222 taowyn August 31, 2009 at 12:20 am

Wash clothes in code water and hang dry as much as possible.

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223 Erin August 31, 2009 at 1:48 am

We cloth diaper our baby!

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224 claireh9 August 31, 2009 at 6:42 am

Use dishrags instead of paper towels.

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225 TXsunlover August 31, 2009 at 7:26 am

We added green to our lives this year by planting our first veggie garden! It was so fun to watch everything grow and it all tasted so fresh and good.
Thanks for the chance to win!

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226 TXsunlover August 31, 2009 at 7:27 am

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228 NCBelle36 August 31, 2009 at 8:12 am

I don't use harsh chemicals for cleaning house. I use a vinegar and water mix for cleaning. Not only does it do an excellent job cleaning but it also smells good afterward.

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231 April August 31, 2009 at 8:21 am

By planting my own garden!

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232 mscoffee77 August 31, 2009 at 8:55 am

I recycle cereal boxes, milk jugs, junk mail, whatever I can. There's a recycle drop off close to my house so I have no excuse;)

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233 klm39 August 31, 2009 at 8:57 am

I am reusing plastic bottles and I switched to fabric grocery bags.

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234 cynthiac August 31, 2009 at 9:59 am

I invested in a steam floor mop. It cleans and sterilizes with nothing but water and the pads are washable and reusable. I'm very happy with it.

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235 mckim August 31, 2009 at 10:59 am

Not real original, but I have started taking reusable bags to the grocery store. I also recycle our aluminum cans and newspapers and magazines.

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236 jen2418 August 31, 2009 at 11:07 am

We recycle and I make my own cleaning solutions using vinegar! jen2418@hotmail.com

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237 Danny August 31, 2009 at 11:47 am

My tip is that I purchase free range chicken and eggs. I would rather be vegan but I'm realistic about my limitations and purchasing chicken products that are more environmentally sustainable and animal friendly (as friendly as it can be) makes me feel a little better.

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238 Danny August 31, 2009 at 11:58 am
239 Danny August 31, 2009 at 11:58 am

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240 Danny August 31, 2009 at 12:00 pm
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242 susane1 August 31, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Use reusable grocery bags.

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243 gmerrell August 31, 2009 at 1:12 pm

I was surprised to learn that there are a lot of green lawn care items. You can make your own compost, but you can also buy fertilizer and weed killer that is natural and doesn't introduce chemicals tot he environment. This is great for growing your own veggies without harse chemicals

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244 mogrill August 31, 2009 at 1:31 pm

We always recycle our plastic bags. Thanks for the chance. mogrill@comcast.net

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245 Jan August 31, 2009 at 4:26 pm

We've been trying to live with our air conditioner down lower and our water heater set lower as well. Any little bit we can do to cut down on our energy usage.

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246 Jan August 31, 2009 at 4:28 pm

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248 sarahhirsch August 31, 2009 at 5:01 pm

One thing I just started doing is reusing paper towels. If I dry my hands off on a paper towel in the kitchen, I save it, and later use it to wipe down counters or something else.

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249 tamaraben August 31, 2009 at 5:58 pm

I buy recycled paper products like cards,paper,napkins,paprer towels and wrapping paper.

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250 tamaraben August 31, 2009 at 6:00 pm

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251 Lindz August 31, 2009 at 6:45 pm

We use natural cleaning products. They work just as well and its that much fewer chemcials that my family is exposed to. I got over my addiction to the smell of bleach being the only smell of a clean house and have embraced a healthier environment!

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252 Lindz August 31, 2009 at 6:46 pm

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254 samsakara August 31, 2009 at 7:17 pm

I use reusable grocery bags at the store

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255 casey colette byrd August 31, 2009 at 8:16 pm

the green im ready to incorporate into my life is to buy only frm whole food and ive already switched many of my appliances and my lightbulbs, i also use recycle bank, but i plan to make a total switch soon, and my husband is obsessed with putting up solar panels, who knows? he might get aorund to doing it one day!

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256 lisaduffy August 31, 2009 at 8:54 pm

In addition to recycling, buying products that have been made from recycled and reclaimed materials is a good way to start.

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257 Shawnna August 31, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Fluorescent light bulbs. we have been using them for over 15 years now

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258 jlafount August 31, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Don't drive so much

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259 msrodeobrat September 1, 2009 at 12:48 am

i dont use the dryer but hang my clothes out to dry

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260 hazel September 1, 2009 at 6:01 am

Have a little compost bin next to the sink to put food into, you can take it out once a week and save trouble

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261 Laura September 1, 2009 at 9:51 am

We recycle a lot! When it rains, we also get out old juice/milk bottles and fill 'em up so that we can water our grass another day.

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262 Mary M. September 1, 2009 at 2:04 pm

I reuse practically everything. I buy almost all of my clothing and househould items used. By doing that I am keeping things out of the landfills and not overconsuming.

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263 LillyLillyLilly September 1, 2009 at 3:45 pm

I own Another Brand of all-in-one printer, and even though that brand is supposed to be one of the best, I've had nothing but problems with it. The paper feed is the worst! I have to shove a piece of paper into it every time because it just won't feed by itself.

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264 Stephanie September 1, 2009 at 10:49 pm

Let's see. Here are 8 ways we “add green” to our life:

1. We recycle.
2. We try to keep lights off when unnecessary.
3. We walk as much as possible,
4. I breastfeed.
5. We buy locally-grown, organic produce whenever available.
6. We try to make homemade meals and snacks as opposed to buying processed, individually packed products.
7. We buy and sell used items on CraigsList.
8. We drive a car that gets great gas mileage.

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265 Courtney September 2, 2009 at 2:18 am

Turn your water off while you are brushing your teeth instead of letting it run.

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266 Selinda McCumbers September 2, 2009 at 9:54 am

We are walking home from school to be a little more green in our lives!

Thanks!

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267 Jacqueline Matuza September 2, 2009 at 11:15 am

Eat more vegetarian meals, even reducing meat intake reduces the burden that raising cattle, etc put on the environment
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268 shelnew19 September 2, 2009 at 5:21 pm

I have been trying to re purpose some of my things rather than throw them away. For example, instead of throwing away coffee cans I use them for craft projects with my toddler.

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269 mail4rosey September 2, 2009 at 5:23 pm

My tip is to watch the packaging you buy at the store. If you look a little you can almost always find a comparable product in better pkg. for less.

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270 Katherine G September 3, 2009 at 12:30 am

Unplug unused appliances – it doesn't save much money/month but it does save energy which helps the environment.

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271 denice p September 3, 2009 at 12:56 am

i'd have to say for going green, is to try to carpool when ever possible. it saves so much gas and doesn't pollute as much. :-0

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272 Phyllis Jenkins September 11, 2009 at 10:31 pm

I ride a bike to most of my destinations.

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273 christopher h September 11, 2009 at 10:45 pm

start a compost pile in your backyard

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274 Pam September 11, 2009 at 10:46 pm

I reuse the micowave container that frozen meals come in. The divided ones are great for creating a lunch to take to work.

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275 Betty C September 11, 2009 at 10:48 pm

I try to do most of my shopping on the way to or from work. I shop at a 24 hour supermarket and when I shop late at night after work (I get off at midnight) the store is less crowded and I save gas by not making a special trip.

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276 Lily Kwan September 11, 2009 at 10:58 pm

I carry a reusable canvas bag with me when I go grocery shopping bag.

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277 Michelle H. September 11, 2009 at 11:02 pm

We recycle as much as possible. We have also set our air conditoner to a higher temperature this summer.

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278 Nancy September 11, 2009 at 11:10 pm

Use canvas grocery bags. My local stores have actually been giving them away and they give me 5 cents credit every time I re-use them.

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279 Nancy September 11, 2009 at 11:11 pm

I subscribe to your feed.

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280 Nancy September 11, 2009 at 11:12 pm
281 R Hicks September 11, 2009 at 11:15 pm

We do all of the common things when it comes to going green. This year we built a compost pile to toss food scraps, clippings, and anything else organic. Mulch comes in handy later on

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282 Pamela S September 11, 2009 at 11:34 pm

We’ve been trying to cut down on using disposable paper products such as paper towel, napkins, etc. We’ve been trying to replace them with more reusable products. But I’d love to try these!! Thanks so much!

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283 Isaac A. September 11, 2009 at 11:43 pm

I hope to win the gift card, my green tip is recycle cans and bottles, and use canvas bags at the grocery store instead of plastic bags.

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284 Terry C September 12, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Switch lightbulbs to CFL bulbs. Thanks for the giveaway!

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285 brandy September 12, 2009 at 5:53 pm

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286 brandy September 12, 2009 at 5:54 pm

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287 Jayme September 12, 2009 at 9:05 pm

We use cloth diapers and pack bento lunches to reduce waste :)

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288 Kat E September 13, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Adding a bit of Green is a way of life for me – I use recycled paper products and recycle as much as possible.

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289 Kat E September 13, 2009 at 12:25 pm

I’m an email subscriber – thanks for mentioning this in your email update.

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290 Michelle Garry September 17, 2009 at 11:46 pm

I reuse the plastic bgs they give at the store as trash bags for my small trash cans.

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291 Dillon September 19, 2009 at 5:31 am

We changed all of our standard light bulbs out to compact fluorescent ones. I like the fact that not only is it more “green” but we have to replace the bulbs a lot less and since that’s one of my least favorite chores its win win!

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292 Greg September 19, 2009 at 5:57 am

We’ve cut down on a lot of our activities that required a lot of gas. We used to take our jeep out 4-wheeling most weekends. We would go through a 30 gallon tank for 1 day of fun. That got to be way too expensive and just such a waste so we definitely cut out activities like that.

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