Green, Frugal Alternatives To the Gym

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Weights, cardio machines, mats, fitness balls, and even some classes to switch it up. There are two huge downsides to the gym, though, and those are: Cost Most fitness centers are not cheap. They can cost anywhere from $25-$75/month, and that’s usually not including any classes, such as yoga, zumba, or spin classes. My gym requires you to wipe down machines after each use, which is great for hygeine and horrible for the environment. Get Healthy Go Green

Want to Save Money? Work with What You Have

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

For years I hated my hair and did anything I could to straighten it. I bought hot curlers (they curled the ends but pulled out the fuzz), a straightening iron, and even a scary spinning contraption that was supposed to dry my hair while straightening it at the same time (but all it did was tangle and get stuck in my hair). After the third pregnancy, I gave up in defeat and decided to embrace the curls. Go Frugal Go Green

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Why Those EPA Mileage Estimates Do Not Add Up

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

The numbers for leg room, head room, weight capacity, even the cargo capacity are tangible and exact. Everyone in the realm of the automobile, from automakers to analysts to buyers, have shaken their heads over the difference between the EPA’s estimates and real world results. Most consumers and critics have been placing blame on the automakers themselves. After all, manufacturers conduct their own mpg testing, and then report those results to the EPA. Go Green

5 Eco-Friendly Tips for the Workplace

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Over the past 12 months, the gasoline index has increased 32.4 Following a pre-planned route not only saves money and fuel – it also reduces your carbon footprint while trekking to and fro to run errands. Know Your Strengths… and Weaknesses. Many people make attempts to save money on workday lunches and coffee stops, but fail miserably due to pressure from their workmates, and on-the-job stress. Related posts: Tips for a Frugal and Eco-Friendly Spring.

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Four Easy Ways to Save on Basic Necessities

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People across the country are reining in their spending and pinching pennies in a concerted effort to save more money. The American culture is wrought with excessive spending so it is no surprise that the typical household overspends on necessities such as food, gas, utilities, and phone usage. Paying for prepared meals is convenient and tasty, but it’s also more expensive and usually less healthy. And, be sure to eat your leftovers!

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