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Ways to Be Ecologically and Economically Conscious

The cardboard nursery isn't for everyone! LilSugar reader Betty Wayne explained how she makes the world a better place while pinching pennies. She said:

Like many single mothers, I have a very limited budget. I can't afford to buy a $300 crib. What I can afford is a $30 crib from a resale shop (cleaned and well inspected for defects, of course). Not only does my money benefit charities, but nothing new is produced. So many people forget that 'reuse' is part of 'reduce, reuse, recycle.'

This is also a philosophy that the Duggars not only preach, but practice. Here are a couple of ways that you can keep your family green and keep some green in your wallet.

  • Hand-me-downs. Don't toss old clothes in the giveaway bin until younger siblings have also worn the items.
  • Purchase old furniture rather than new and refurbish it.
  • Re-purpose goods to fit your needs. Take a note from the Sound of Music and make doll clothes or table cloths from old curtains, etc.
  • Turn out the lights when they aren't in use.
  • Teach your children to turn the water on and off while brushing their teeth.

Add your reduce, reuse and recycle ideas and practices to this list!

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MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
I'm reusing everything but clothing from my first child, and would reuse that if they weren't seperate genders. We bought second hand clothing and are using all of the gender neutral clothing from my first. I also sell all of the things we don't need anymore on craigslist, because there's usually someone out there looking for them. Use your own bags at the store, reusable lunch boxes without plastic baggies, use thermoses, bring a lunch when you go places so you aren't tempted to make a fast food run. Get your kids in the habit of reusing containers instead of overusing foil, saran wrap, and ziplocs. I wish more stores would do away with the plastic bags, then maybe I wouldn't be treated like complete crap because I use cloth bags.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
Walk or bike to the playground. Both provide more entertainment for the kids (bike rides are fun, and so is exploring) and less work for the car. Become a regular at the library. (I learned this the hard way after buying 583839305948 Bob the Builder DVDs that my daughter doesn't watch anymore)
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
We hardly bought clothes, because we got a lot of hand-me-downs from my SIL and I just packed them all up to pass them onto my boyfriend's other sister. It's mostly a budget thing. But it is also emphasized to not leave the water running when brushing your teeth. I don't know anyone who would not turn the water off. Really, I would have to force myself not to!
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