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Blog Action Day! Little ways Mr. Micah and I (try to) save money and the environment

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So here’s a few frugal environmental tips culled from our daily life. I wish I could offer you a brilliant solution, but I don’t have one.

1. We use the old “if it’s yellow” method for our toilets. Subject to whenever we feel like it’s been mellowing long enough, of course. Since it’s just the two of us it’s not really gross. We do flush when other people are visiting.

2. Sometimes we shower together. If this is a Saturday, we might use more water than normal. But if it’s a weekday, we’re concerned about getting ready for work, so there’s no funny business. Instead, we take turns using the soap and rinsing. Works quite well.

3. I wash my clothes once every two weeks. I have about 2 work weeks’ worth of clothes, if I do some combining. Shirts are the hard part. But I can normally find one or two to wear twice, especially now that it isn’t as hot out. Mr. Micah lets me put my whites in with his most of the time, so I only do one colors load on cold water (good for the clothes and the environment). Our building now offers environmentally-friendly lower water/power settings on the machines too.

4. I don’t use the dryer, just a drying rack. This means we spend $3.00 on my laundry each month. And we don’t use energy for the dryer. Mr. Micah sometimes uses the rack too, depending.

5. And speaking of clothes, again, we also re-wear our non-work clothes a couple times unless we’ve done something to make them gross. We often spend the evening in, and even if we go out we only wear these clothes in the evening anyway. Sometimes we just go straight to pjs before dinner. That saves a lot in terms of reducing the laundry load each week.

Simple things. Save money on laundry. Save water. Save power. Re-wear. It’s a start.

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SavingDiva October 15, 2007 at 8:27 am

Great post! πŸ™‚

Fabulously Broke October 16, 2007 at 6:43 am

We do #2 too!!!!

It’s our time together to talk and him to tell me about his day, while getting showering done… πŸ˜‰

I’ve started doing #3 too.. it’s been exhausting washing every week but I walk (and sweat.. eww) a lot..

We also use a drying rack but only for clothes that shrink in the dryer – I shrunk my favourite purple top the other day πŸ™

And my jeans don’t get SO dirty that I wash them every 2 weeks (I only wear them 2 days a week or less)… so I wash them every 3 weeks… and they don’t smell at all. But if I get dirt or water or food on them, they go immediately in the wash pile

Great set of tips!

Mrs. Micah October 17, 2007 at 9:59 am

@ SD, thanks! πŸ™‚

@ FB, I’ve found that jeans can go for quite a while, too. My mom introduced me to the concept of wearing for a few weeks once I’d gotten old enough to not be dirty and grass-stained every day. πŸ˜‰

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