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Heather Levin is a freelance writer based in Detroit, MI. She's passionately committed to living green, saving money, and helping others do the same in their life.

8 Green Small Business Ideas & Opportunities

By Heather Levin

green hair small businessIf you’re looking for ways to earn some extra money, you might want to think about starting a green side business.

Not only is having a green business a great way to set yourself apart from your competition, but it also makes you more memorable in the minds of your potential customers.

So what exactly is a green business, you ask? Here are 8 examples you can start with right away.

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Home Canning 101 – Recipes, Supplies, Jars & Equipment

By Heather Levin

home canning jarLast summer, I fell in madly love with home canning. I made raspberry jam, pickled dilly beans, peach jam, homemade dill pickles, watermelon rind pickles, and more. I spent my summer afternoons sweating over a boiling stove, and I truly loved every minute of it.

Just this morning I cracked open a jar of strawberry jam, and it was like being back in June all over again.

Why Bother with Home Canning?

Home canning is the process of preserving fresh food yourself. Home canning is what allowed people to eat fruits and vegetables during the lean winter months hundreds of years ago.

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How to Find a Great Real Estate Agent You Can Trust

By Heather Levin

realtor real estate agentWhen it comes to Realtors, personalities and skill levels run the gamut. I’ve worked with two real estate agents in my life, and the second one far exceeded the first when it came to friendliness, marketing savvy, and overall skill.

There are over 1.3 million Realtors in the U.S. Remarkably, over 80% of them quit in just their first year. Out of the 20% that do make it, another 80% of them will quit within five years.

Selling real estate is hard work, which is why choosing the right agent can make the difference between failure and success for you, whether you’re buying or selling.

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4 Important Questions to Ask Yourself When Buying a House

By Heather Levin

house questionWithout a doubt, spring and summer is the busiest home buying season of the year. And with housing prices still falling in most parts of the country, buyers are blessed with plenty of affordable options yet again.

The problem is that many first-time home buyers jump into home ownership too soon. Yes, there are some incredible bargains out there, and it’s been decades since home prices were this low. But, are you truly ready to buy a house? Can you afford it?

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FlipFlop Wines Review – Buy Cheap “Friendly” Wine & Help the Poor

By Heather Levin

flipflop wines logoIf you like drinking wine and, like me, you don’t want to spend a lot of money on this indulgence, then let me introduce you to flipflop wines. This winery is not only making the most delicious, budget-minded wine I’ve ever tasted, but they’ve also partnered up with an incredible non-profit to make a difference in the lives of impoverished children.

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Health Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

By Heather Levin

This article is part of the Money Crashers Natural Medicine Cabinet Series, outlining 20 of the top natural home remedies and treatment.

green tea cupsIt’s hard for me not to get excited about tea. Strange sentence, I know, but I drink tea constantly. Green tea, white tea, herbal tea…I have an entire cabinet in my kitchen devoted to tea and tea-making supplies.

And I’m not alone. Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world, next to water. Billions of people around the world drink tea on a daily basis. And aside from its wonderful variety in taste, tea offers us countless health benefits that we’re only just now starting to understand.

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Health Benefits & Uses of Lemons and Lemon Water

By Heather Levin

This article is part of the Money Crashers Natural Medicine Cabinet Series, outlining 20 of the top natural home remedies and treatment.

lemonsMost of us use lemons regularly in the kitchen. Lemon is great spritzed over salmon, added to rice with dill, and mixed into lemonade. Delicious!

But what many people don’t know is that lemons have a ton of other uses outside of flavoring food which can also save you a significant amount of money.  In the book 1,801 Home Remedies: Trustworthy Treatments for Everyday Health Problems, Reader’s Digest classifies lemons as a “Top Household Healer.”

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Ginger Health Benefits & Uses – How to Make Ginger Tea Recipe

By Heather Levin

This article is part of the Money Crashers Natural Medicine Cabinet Series, outlining 20 of the top natural home remedies and treatment.

ginger rootYou’ve probably seen the stubby, yellow-colored ginger root in your grocery store’s produce section. This ancient root has been part of Asian cooking for years; it’s amazing when added to stir fry, sautéed with fish, or even steeped in hot water for tea.

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12 Good Sources of Fiber in Food – Heath Benefits of Dietary Fiber

By Heather Levin

dietary fiber sourcesDo you eat enough fiber? Most Americans don’t. Although the recommended daily fiber intake is 20 to 38 grams, WebMD reports that the average American only eats around 14 grams of fiber per day. And many eat even less than that.

There are many reasons why you should try and make sure you’re getting enough fiber. And it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune either.

Benefits of Fiber

As most of you probably know, fiber is an essential nutrient you need to avoid constipation and bloating. But there are many other benefits to eating a diet high in fiber as well.

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Aloe Vera Gel & Juice Benefits

By Heather Levin

This article is part of the Money Crashers Natural Medicine Cabinet Series, outlining 20 of the top natural home remedies and treatment.

aloe vera plantSome of you probably have an aloe vera plant or two hanging around your house. Aloe vera is one of the most common houseplants in the world.

But the spiky little plant is a powerhouse when it comes to healing. In fact, many experts consider aloe vera to be one of the most beneficial plants on earth.

This new insight makes you look at that pointy plant in a new way, right? I know I sure did once I learned about the many health benefits of aloe vera.

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Natural Medicine Cabinet Series: Top 20 Natural Home Remedies, Healers & Treatment

By Heather Levin

natural home remediesI don’t like going to the doctor. I’m self-employed and pay for my own health insurance, which means the cost of any visit comes right out of my pocket. So unless it’s serious, I simply don’t go. Needless to say, it’s been years since I last set foot in a doctor’s office.

Some of you may be in the same boat as I am. Many health insurance plans no long cover office visits, and this means that the five minutes your doctor spends looking you over can cost you $75 or more. And that doesn’t include what you’re going to shell out for prescription drugs.

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13 Items You Should Never Buy Used

By Heather Levin

used couchThere are some things you should always buy used secondhand. For instance, college textbooks, used cars, and baby clothes can easily be bought from a previous owner. And, you’ll save a bundle when you do.

But imagine you’re out shopping at a garage sale or pawn shop. Are there any items you shouldn’t buy used, things that might end up costing you more than you’d pay if you just bought it new?

As a matter of fact, there are. Let’s take a look at some of these items.

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5 Dandelion Greens Recipes for Salad & More

By Heather Levin

dandelionsIn the first part of this series, I talked about some of the incredible cost and health benefits of eating dandelions as well as how to harvest various components of this common weed including dandelion leaves, greens, flowers, and roots.

In this next post, I want to cover how to cook dandelions, and go over some of my favorite recipes. Most of these recipes are virtually free when it comes to expenses, especially given the fact that dandelions grow wild in many of our backyards, and for those of us who don’t have dandelions growing, they are inexpensive to harvest.

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Health Benefits of Eating Dandelions – How to Harvest Leaves, Greens, Flowers & Roots

By Heather Levin

dandelion fieldEvery spring our yards are filled with the bright, sunny appearance of dandelions. Well, at least I think they’re bright and sunny. Many people view the common dandelion as a weed, and wage a small war to eradicate the plant from their lawns.

Personally, I welcome the appearance of spring dandelions for one reason: I love to eat them.

I know, it sounds strange. Why on earth would someone want to eat dandelions?

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6-Step Guide to Renting Out a Room in Your House – Should You Do It?

By Heather Levin

extra roomAnother month has come and gone and you’ve just barely been able to squeak on your mortgage payment. You breathe a sigh of relief, but already you’re dreading next month, when the financial anxiety hits again.

If this sounds like your life, you’re not alone. Thanks to the recession, many people are just barely getting by right now. Month after month they frantically find ways to pay their mortgage and put food on the table. It’s a stressful and dispiriting situation to be in.

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