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!