What to Recycle? List of 11 Recyclable Household Items & Materials

kids recyclingDid you know that the average person in the United States generates around 4.5 pounds of waste every single day? Multiply that by around 300 million, and you can see why garbage has become a serious problem in this country. This is just one reason why recycling is so important.

Recycling not only saves valuable space in our landfills, but it also helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And when we recycle, we also have to use fewer resources like water and energy to turn that item into another usable item. Recycling is good for us, the planet, and it can also save you money. If your waste management company charges you monthly based on how much garbage you throw away, you will save money by recycling.

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Home Exchange – Pros & Cons of Swapping Houses for Vacation

couple home exchangeDid you ever see the movie, The Holiday? In it, Cameron Diaz is fed up with her busy Los Angeles life and decides to swap her mansion with an anonymous stranger. The stranger, Kate Winslet, lives in a tidy cottage in England and the two spend the Christmas holiday in each other’s homes. They both fall in love and get to experience life in a foreign country as a local instead of a tourist.

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How to Get Your Kids to Exercise & Prevent Childhood Obesity

obese child sickWe have an unprecedented overweight and obesity epidemic. The condition continues to worsen, striking younger and younger age groups.

In fact, the UK Department of Health has issued new physical activity guidelines urging parents to make sure their toddlers exercise. The UK, just like the U.S., struggles under an obesity epidemic. In the United States, one in three children are either overweight or obese.

Not only does obesity result in significant health issues for children, it can also lead to crippling, financial devastation in the form of massive, never-ending health bills.

The Harmful Effects of Childhood Obesity

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How to Pack for Vacation: 6 Tips & Checklist of What to Pack

family packed vacationPlanning a vacation can seem daunting, especially when you have an entire family to consider. Packing efficiently thus makes traveling less stressful. In addition, an organized approach to packing can save you money.

If you plan for every eventuality, and pack your bags accordingly, you can eliminate stress, and enjoy your travels. Use these packing tips to make your next vacation less expensive and less stressful.

Packing for Vacation

1. Check the Weather

Before you travel, learn more about the weather forecast for your vacation destination by visiting Weather.com. If you don’t check the weather before you begin packing, you may end up spending money on clothing and assorted sundries during your travels.

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How to Go Paperless at Home – 11 Tips & Solutions

paper filing manBefore I became a full-time writer, I owned a professional organizing business. Clients often complained about the constant influx of paper into their homes. Credit card offers, catalogs, bills, insurance forms, charity solicitations, and more show up in your mailbox daily. In addition, you have a lot of other paper you have to review and keep, including medical records, receipts, coupons, articles, and magazines. Paper has a way of piling up into insidious piles just minutes after you’ve sorted and filed everything away. It’s maddening, and it never seems to end.

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Top 10 Superfoods for a Healthy & Active Lifestyle

family healthy eatingYou’ve probably heard the saying “you are what you eat” more than a few times. And when you think about it, it’s true. The food you put into your body in large part determines the kind of life you live. Eating healthy foods, along with sneaking a workout routine into your day, means you have better health, more energy, and a brighter outlook on life.

These decisions, in turn, help you to save money because you drastically decrease your healthcare costs. In addition, these foods are mostly inexpensive, which can also impact your spending and saving goals. Following a healthier lifestyle also gives you more of the energy and focus you need to be more productive at work.

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8 Bathroom Design & Remodeling Ideas on a Budget

bathroom redesign blueSo you’re ready to redecorate and redesign your bathroom. But dropping $20,000 on a deluxe spa retreat is light years away from what you can afford to spend. Here’s the good news: You don’t need mega-bucks to transform your bathroom into a relaxing, cool space. There are plenty of ways to renovate and redesign on a budget.

According to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value report, an average bathroom remodel costs around $10,500 while an upscale remodel is going to run you a hefty $26,000. However, if you do the work yourself and get creative, This Old House estimates that you can do a remodel for $1,000 to $3,000, or even less, depending on how much you want to change.

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Electronic Waste (E-Waste) Recycling and Disposal – Facts, Statistics & Solutions

old electronics trashHow often do you buy a new cell phone, laptop, or TV? In these gadget-driven days, you probably upgrade your electronics fairly often. Most people don’t think twice about buying the “latest and greatest” technology. After all, companies and their marketing teams spend a great deal of money to make sure that we’re hungry for the next iPad, Xbox 360 Kinect, or LED TV.

While our hunger for electronics and technology keeps growing, what happens to our old stuff? The statistics and trends are startling:

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  • According to Wirefly.org, the average cell phone user gets a new cell phone every 18 months.

Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) – A New Type of Wind Power from Sauer Energy

This post brought to you by Sauer Energy. All opinions are 100% mine.

sauer windWind power is the world’s fastest growing source of renewable energy, and it’s easy to see why it’s so appealing. According to CleanEnergy.org, a single megawatt of wind capacity can generate enough energy to power 300 homes. Off the coast of South Carolina alone, there are over 130,000 MW of wind resources just waiting to be taken advantage of.

And, that energy is 100% clean and 100% renewable. A few turbines set up in a strategic location can power entire cities.

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9 Important Questions to Ask When Buying a Condo

condo buildingHave you been thinking about buying a condo? Perhaps the condo is in an up and coming neighborhood, and you want to buy before prices start to skyrocket. Or perhaps you’re tired of not being able to paint the walls of your apartment, and you’re ready to take the next step towards home ownership. Or, maybe you’re just ready to downsize your home.

Whatever the reason, many people very much enjoy condo living. You often get a pool and fitness center, as well as a security team and the opportunity to own a home without having to worry about all the caretaking responsibilities.

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