Frugal and Creative Uses for Old Tennis Balls

My husband and son have been playing on a tennis team and taking lessons for years.  As a result, we spend a lot of money on tennis balls!  Serious tennis players will only play one match with a can of balls. They lose pressure and don't bounce quite the same after they have been used for a while.  This means that I am always looking for creative uses for old tennis balls since we have so darn many of them! I thought I would share a few ideas on how to reuse tennis balls in case you have as many of them as I do.  From tennis ball crafts to … [Read more...]

Easy Ways to Reduce Your Garbage Output And Why You Should Try

Every week, when I head out for my walk, I am rather disgusted with the amount of trash my neighborhood produces.  There are many ways to reduce your garbage output so that the rubbish bin isn't overflowing at the end of the week.  Our planet only has so much space to dedicate to trash storage.  One of the best ways to go green this year is to learn how to minimize what you throw away.  Recycling for the home is the first step, of course.  But, how do you cut back on the number of items that you are tossing in the bins at the end of the … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Repurpose Old Toothbrushes to Save Time and Money

Have a spare old toothbrush lying around?  Dont throw it away! Instead, try one of these ways to repurpose old toothbrushes. I have SO many of them!  I am slightly anal retentive about getting all of us to the dentist twice a year.  Of course, at each of these dentist appointments we get a new toothbrush.  That means 8 old toothbrushes need to find new uses every single year.  On top of that, I tend to replace toothbrushes randomly when they are looking particularly worn or someone is sick.  I am always looking at those old toothbrushes and … [Read more...]

10 Empty Beer Bottle Uses to Save Time and Money!

Saint Patrick's Day, The Big Game, and just because it is Friday.  Those are all reasons to crack open a beer and sit back with a sigh.  Instead of tossing those empty beer bottles in the recycling bin (or even worse, the TRASH!), I thought I would share a few empty beer bottle uses that may save you time and money this year.  Once you find some great ways to reuse beer bottles, check out my post on green beer before Saint Patrick's Day gets here or try my homemade pretzels with beer cheese for a snack this weekend! Awesome products for … [Read more...]

Recycling Resources for a Green Decluttering Mission!

I decided to put together a list of recycling resources to help you reduce your carbon footprint. Some of these are great for individuals and some will work better for larger groups.  As you work on decluttering the house, check out my post on how to recycle household items.  While it is important to clean out your home, you want to make sure all of your unwanted items don't end up in landfills. This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we receive a small commission at no additional cost to … [Read more...]

How to Recycle Gift Cards and Other Creative Re-purposing Ideas

With Christmas coming up in a couple of weeks, you probably need to learn how to recycle gift cards! Most people get at least one or two this month and they don't need to be thrown away!  Repurpose your gift cards to keep them out of our landfill.  Keep reading for a few uses for old gift cards that you might find helpful! If you are looking for other ways to live green this year, check out my post on stuffed animal recycling and battery recycling!   This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this … [Read more...]

Home Appliance Maintenance Tips To Save Money and Go Green!

If the cost of appliances and their impact on the environment concern you, these home appliance maintenance tips are just what you need! When my husband and I moved into this house 10 years ago we had to buy all new appliances.  The people buying OUR house wanted to keep them all so we had some serious shopping to do. It put a serious dent in our budget but you can't live without appliances, right? This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we receive a small commission at no additional cost … [Read more...]

How to Recycle Soap and Creative Uses for Soap Around the House

Have you ever gone to a hotel and taken home your half used bar of soap?  Most people don't.  As a result, house cleaning throws away a perfectly good bar of soap. I am going to share with you a few tips on how to recycle soap so that it stops going to waste.  I will also share with you a few creative uses for soap around the house.  That half used bar of soap in the hotel will have lots of purposes once you get it home! This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we receive a small commission … [Read more...]

Creative Ways to Reuse Old Windows Instead of Throwing Them Away!

Several years ago, my husband and I replaced all the windows in our home. I hated to see my beautiful, wooden windows come off the house, but it was a cost-effective home improvement project that needed to be done. I highly recommend replacing old windows to save on heating and air conditioning costs.  However, once the old windows come off, what do you do with them? There are many ways to reuse old windows instead of tossing them in the trash!  I will include a few general ideas below, as well as links for you to check out that include some … [Read more...]

What To Do With Empty Perfume Bottles After Your Favorite Scent Is Gone

A few years ago I got onto a bit of a perfume kick. I wear it almost every day and love picking out new scents from some rather nice natural perfume shops. Well, they are slowly running out and now I find myself wondering what to do with empty perfume bottles now that the perfume is gone.  I admit, I don't want to smell like the same thing every day.  I choose my perfume based on my mood, the weather or the outfit I am wearing.  That means I have lots of different pretty bottles in my cabinet.  So, now that I am gathering a collection of empty … [Read more...]

10 Uses for Wood Ash When Your Campfire is Finished!

Do you know what my all time favorite thing about fall is?  Outdoor fires in our fire pit.  Not only is it a great way to get rid of some of our yard trimmings, it's a wonderful excuse to pour a glass of wine and just enjoy the crisp, fall air.   After you roast marshmallows and toss acorns into the fire, eventually the wood burns up and the campfire dies off.  Ever wonder if there an any uses for wood ash instead of just throwing it away? There are a ton of useful ways to use wood ash once they are cooled off.  Here are just a few things to do … [Read more...]

How to Recycle Household Items That are Creating Clutter in Your House!

Wondering where to start decluttering your home?  First, learn how to recycle household items and reduce your carbon footprint as you clean! I bet you have stuff tucked into every corner and every drawer of your house that you no longer need, right?  Sneakers that your kid outgrew, paint that you no longer need because your living room is no longer yellow....all that stuff takes up space.  If you are anything like me, you like to tuck things away for safe keeping 'in case you need it one day'.  Am I right?  I do that all the time.  Then I open … [Read more...]

10 Uses for Egg Cartons Once You Eat All the Eggs!

Do you eat a lot of eggs in your house? Are you looking for creative uses for egg cartons around the house? You have come to the right place! Breakfast for dinner is a huge hit in my house (thankfully!) and omelets, quiche, and breakfast casseroles are all quick weeknight meals that everyone enjoys. Of course, that means I am left with an awful lot of egg cartons at the end of the month! As I strive to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible, I came up with a few creative ways to reuse cardboard egg cartons before tossing them into the … [Read more...]

How to Mend Socks and Ways to Reuse Them When You Can’t

Have you ever looked at your feet and wondered how to mend socks? I can't sew...my proficiency with a needle and thread ends at putting a button back on a shirt.  I find this very sad and one day, when I am graced with much more free time than I have now, I would like to learn how to mend socks.  My grandmother used to make my clothes when I was little in addition to the baby blankets that my children are still using today.  She made her own dish rags, rugs, and was proficient at mending socks as well.  Mending socks is a lost art.  Sure, there … [Read more...]

How to Reduce Waste at Home and the Tom’s of Maine #LessWasteChallenge

These tips on how to reduce waste at home are part of a sponsored conversation with Tom's of Maine.  All opinions are my own. With the growing amount of trash filling up our landfills, learning how to reduce waste at home should be a key factor in your quest for green living. In my own home, we recycle just about everything we can.  This is made easier by the county through curbside recycling.  However, there are always events in the community that don't offer recycling and it frustrates me.  I see vendors selling bottled water and plenty of … [Read more...]

Zero Waste Living: One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure

When my husband was in graduate school, I worked at a job that paid...well, let's just say it didn't pay very much at all!  We ate a lot of ramen noodles during those years.  Since the graduate schools had a constant turnover of people coming in and out, there were always friends (or random strangers) who begged the use of our truck to help haul stuff.  In exchange, we were often gifted with things that were no longer wanted by their owners...mismatched plates, chipped mugs, lamps with crooked shades, etc.  We were thrilled!  We didn't have a … [Read more...]

Creative Stuffed Animal Recycling Tips

Have you ever wondered whether stuffed animal recycling was possible? When my children were young, they had so many stuffed animals that they could barely be contained in toy boxes anymore.  I kept trying to get them to let a few of them go to the thrift store but they would get all emotional and have a nervous breakdown.  Seriously...do you even know where you GOT that stuffed cat that you are clinging to with tears in your eyes?  NO!  Hand it over, kid! Stuffed animal recycling is something I had never really considered before but now that … [Read more...]

Do You Recycle Batteries? 5 Things You Should Know.

The last time you grabbed the remote control to change the batteries, I bet you asked yourself 'Do you recycle batteries?'  When you look at the number of electronic gadgets, toys, and household items that require batteries, it's staggering the number of these things that we dispose of every year.  What's in those magical little creators of energy?  Is it safe to toss into the trash can?  Will it leach toxic chemicals into our groundwater once it hits the landfill?  There are a lot of factors to consider when trying to figure out how to dispose … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Decluttering: What to do with old books

Books are the one thing that I don't mind spending money on but after a while, the bookshelves just get a bit too full.  As  I look around my house deciding what areas to declutter, I find myself wondering what to do with old books.  There are only so many shelves on my bookcase, right?  But I would never throw away a book...that just seems like sacrilege!  Do you remember when Borders Bookstores started having financial trouble and they began closing stores?  There was a huge backlash against the company when it was discovered that … [Read more...]