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Posted on Thursday, April 16th, 2009 at 6:47 am
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With the great sunny weather mixed with some freakish storms here, I’ve really been focusing on being safe and energy efficient at the same time – also on getting us ready to enjoy the warm summer days ahead. This book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Solar Power for Your Home has really opened my eyes about what is possible. We likely will not go completely off the grid, but the solar lights we have on the path in front of the house sure have inspired me to look further into this, as well as the increasing cost of oil, gas, and electricity.

Getting the yard ready for family enjoyment has been a priority now that we have a bit of good, clear weather. The patio furniture we bought at a garage sale when we were first married is due for replacing. Fortunately, Brookstone has a sale on all outdoor yard furniture.  Time for a new set, and those covers look great! Find it here.

With allergy season now in bloom, I was happy to find selected air purifiers at half off at Ionaire. Click on the “Air Cleaners” link on the left side, and you will find a tremendous variety of air purifiers at great savings. We have a lot of oak trees in our neighborhood, and the pollen always sets me off.

Spring cleaning is coming up – we have some great coupons in the paper this coming Sunday, and I will tell your more about those tomorrow in our weekly preview.

 

 

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.