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Green Living Basics

Frugal Green Living for Everyone




by Nikki Willhite


Green living and frugal living go hand-in-hand.  Green living is good for families and good for the planet.  Everyone can live green.  Some live more green than others, but everyone can participate in green living. 


Green living starts with recycling.  Most trash companies have bins to recycle paper, glass and metal cans.  Green living begins with using these bins.  These materials can be recycled.  Recycling conserves energy and keeps items out of landfills. 


Another way to live green is to add some used furniture pieces to your home when you need them.  Again, this is frugal living.  Many beautiful wood pieces are discarded by homeowners because of a few scratches or because homeowners feel they are outdated. 


It can become a fun hobby to take a discarded piece of wood furniture and turn it into an interesting and useful piece of furniture for your home. 


On the other side of the coin, if you want to remove a piece of furniture from your home, be sure and give it to someone who will either sell it or use it themselves.  You can take it to a charity or put it up for free on Craigslist.


Repurposing items is a very frugal activity.  You can repurpose both small and large items.  A little research and creativity will give you a lot of ideas.


Take the simple Kleenex or tissue box.  Do you just throw it away when you are done with it?  Most tissue boxes have pretty designs.  Try pulling the box apart, and cutting it into rectangular strips.  Fold them in half and use them as address labels for gifts.


Or you can just use the small boxes as tiny trash cans.  I keep a bunch of them in my sewing room to throw away loose threads so they don't get all over the floor, and for small pieces of fabric left over from cutting  quilting pieces.  You can also use the cardboard to make quilting templates or for other craft projects.


Turning lights off when you are not using them is green living.  Again, turning lights off is also frugal living.  Not wasting water is green living.  Anything you can do to save energy is green living and frugal.


Green living values the resources of the earth, and uses them meaningfully and sparingly.  If you are new to green living, start small.  Set one goal at a time.  When you have made it a habit, take it up a notch.  As with all things you do....have some fun with it!


About the Author: Nikki Willhite, mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing articles on the topic of frugal living for over a decade. Visit her at - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money!










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