Sunday, June 13, 2010

Living Green and Thrifty

Hi there.  Shellie here on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon, getting ready to blog.  I had a phone call recently from a good friend in California (my home state).  She and her husband are trying to tame their budget but value living as environmentally friendly as possible.  I've found our family in a similar boat.  Sometimes it seems difficult to live frugally and maintain that standard of environmental awareness.

Fortunately, I've been reading over a couple books that tackle this very subject.  I was pleased to see that we had already made some of the shifts that the books call for (cooking at home, buying in bulk, making our own green cleaners).  But it was nice to get more ideas.  Here are the titles that  I have been using and will pass along to my friend as she starts her "living frugally green" journey.

Be Thrifty: How to Live Better with Less by Pia Catton and Califia Suntree  This book is a great go-to guide with a little bit of everything.  It has great simple recipes for both entertaining company or just packing a healthy lunch.  It also has easy recipes for making your own green household cleaners that cost next to nothing.  This book is wonderfully comprehensive and will get you on the path to living better on less!

Shift Your Habit by Elizabeth Rogers  This book is interesting because the author actually recruited real families to make shifts in their living and spending habits.  She includes their stories throughout the book.  Her chapters include:  Home and Garden, Kids, Pets, Work and many more.  It's also very helpful that she shows you how much you save per year with each "shift". 

I loved the "Be Your Own Barista" tip.  Coffee chain cappuccinos were one of the first things that I gave up when we started watching our budget.  How thrilled was I to see that we are saving hundred of dollars a year by this simple change?  I totally gave myself a pat on the back!

Hope these are as helpful to you as they were to me.  I know for sure that I will be referencing both titles in the months to come. 

We have an awesome section in the store called:  Sustainable Living and it's filled with enviromentally friendly titles.  Come by and check it out!

24 Comments:

At June 27, 2010 at 2:12 AM , Blogger 江婷 said...

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At June 28, 2010 at 11:13 AM , Blogger B. WHITTINGTON said...

I am not as thrifty as I could be and I'm not as "green" as I should be but I'm trying and I appreciate the tips on books.

I'm a writer and an avid reader so I appreciate this blog and look forward to reading more.

I just finished reading A FIELD GUIDE TO BURYING YOUR PARENTS, by Liza Palmer. I liked it a lot, and it's fiction, of course.

My blog is Writing: the ups and downs at www.barbwhitti.blogspot.com
Blessings from Ohio on this beautiful summer day.

 
At June 30, 2010 at 2:16 PM , Blogger 韻玉 said...

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At July 4, 2010 at 1:57 AM , Blogger 明霖明霖 said...

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At July 7, 2010 at 11:57 PM , Blogger 吳婷婷 said...

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At July 10, 2010 at 5:47 AM , Blogger 怡君 said...

感謝您費心的分享您的生活!讓我也感同身受!..................................................................

 
At July 12, 2010 at 6:00 AM , Blogger  said...

教育的目的,不在應該思考什麼,而是教吾人怎樣思考............................................................

 
At July 14, 2010 at 6:59 PM , Blogger 趙筱婷terrifields汪華昕 said...

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At July 14, 2010 at 9:06 PM , Blogger Three Hundred Sixty Five said...

Eveyone I know is doing the same - making "do" with less. The problem is that I've always lived this way (the upbringing of a Mom who always cooked, worked full-time, did her own everything!). So, now I simply ask myself "do I really need this", and usually the answer is no. We jumped on the recycling band wagon when our city of residence started it, but have been very disappointed in their commitment. I have enjoyed keeping tabs on your progress, and it's been fun. Have you tried making your own bread? Oh, and one rule I've always had, is if you want desert, it must be homemade. No donuts, or store bought stuff. Kind of good for the waistline too - I love to bake, but rarely have time to do it.

 
At July 17, 2010 at 1:01 AM , Blogger 楊儀卉 said...

All roads lead to Rome. 堅持自己所選!..................................................................

 
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At July 22, 2010 at 1:34 AM , Blogger 芳瑜芳瑜 said...

享受你自己的生活,不要與他人相比。............................................................

 
At July 25, 2010 at 12:00 AM , Blogger 蔡靜芳蔡靜芳 said...

用心經營的blog~有一天你會紅!............................................................

 
At July 27, 2010 at 9:05 PM , Blogger WillianT_Smotherman0恆迪 said...

人生中最好的禮物就是屬於自己的一部份..................................................

 
At July 30, 2010 at 10:30 PM , Blogger 鄭信弘 said...

大家隨便說,說什麽都好,就是請不要惦惦............................................................

 
At August 3, 2010 at 12:48 AM , Blogger 胡美謝宗偉惠 said...

Lets cross the bridge when we come to it............................................................

 
At August 5, 2010 at 10:18 PM , Blogger 佳呈均慧 said...

Some people cannot see the wood for the trees.............................................................

 
At August 8, 2010 at 5:23 PM , Blogger 秀李李迪秀李李迪 said...

這一生中有多少人擦肩而過?而朋友是多麼可貴啊!......................................................................

 
At August 11, 2010 at 12:55 AM , Blogger 1615 said...

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At August 13, 2010 at 12:25 PM , Blogger 冠陳儒 said...

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At August 15, 2010 at 1:53 PM , Blogger 48684 said...

在你一無所有的時候 是誰在陪伴你 他便是你最重要的人......................................................................

 
At August 17, 2010 at 8:23 PM , Blogger 筱趙趙婷趙趙趙 said...

Joy often comes after sorrow, like morning after night.. . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

 
At August 20, 2010 at 1:06 AM , Blogger 瑰潼 said...

死亡是悲哀的,但活得不快樂更悲哀。.. ... ............................................................

 
At August 22, 2010 at 4:23 PM , Blogger 文岳仲君 said...

從人生中拿走友誼,猶如從生活中移走陽光......................................................................

 

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