Monday, May 10, 2010
This saves me money, save the earth and keeps my conscience clear. In the last 10 months, I have purchased four iPods; two nanos, one shuffle and one touch. All four were brand new, in the package still and two of them had extra accessories. I spent $40 on the nanos, $20 on the shuffle and $150 on the touch, which came with a two year warranty and lots of accessories; retailing at over $300. I bought them on craigslist. Now, I did happen to catch a news story, I don't know where I was, where some guy died answering an ad on craigslist. I assure, I have not died yet. I ALWAYS meet in a public place, if I go alone, I give someone all the info I have about the person I am meeting and I check the product before I hand over the money. I use craigslist to buy and sell stuff. I use it for yard equipment too. It's crazy how many people need money and are willing to let something go for super cheap.
I have been trying to only eat from the farmers market or what I grow and make myself. Alli is way better at seeing raw food and envisioning and concocting a whole meal from it. Can you think of a better way to keep the money in Phoenix? Food at the market is usually organic, even without the expensive seal of approval, and it cost the same as conventional food at the grocery store. Everyone profits from this. The local business owner gets a profit, the state gets taxes from the local business and I get nutritious food.
Don't tell me that you don't like an iced latte or tea in the summer. Why are you stopping at Starbucks, the Walmart of coffee? Or any coffee shop for that matter. Make extra coffee in the morning and set it in the fridge for your afternoon pick me up. I just add ice and flavored creamer to a glass, then pour the coffee on top. It even makes that pretty layer effect if that's what you are into. And you can use whatever milk you drink, no $.50 extra for a sensitive stomach. For tea, I brew a big jug of chamomile/peppermint and pour it over ice in a large camping beverage jug, you know the ones with the button to pour. I leave it on the counter for however many days it lasts. No opening the fridge, the kids can drink it without stunting their growth with caffeine and it's quite refreshing! Guess what you still have? Your six bucks, your dignity and my respect. Guess what you don't have? A cup that may or may not be recyclable, a straw that is definitely ONLY garbage and a light wallet.
I love free things! That's why I love "Bulk Trash Shopping". Some call it bulk trash pick up, but you know what they say, "One man's trash is another man's treasure." What can you get from bulk trash? Over the years, I have fixed my fences with slightly used fencing material, I have refurbished three Adirondack chairs, found interesting things to plant in and the kids have found stuff to build clubhouses with. When it's my turn to put out another man's treasures, I always separate real trash from the good stuff people might use. There's never anything left. It's perfect!
This last money/earth saver is not for the faint of heart. I don not turn on the air conditioner until June, later if I can help it. This year, we are going to try and go all summer without the air on. the kiddos will have to move downstairs because it gets really hot up there, but I think we can do it. I don't think many of you can imagine what a triumph that would be for me. Two summers in a row, I lost my air in July, so I am not totally unaccustomed to sweating all day. When my house was built 100 years ago, there was no AC. Granted it was 2-3°F cooler back then. The house was built to catch breezes from all directions. Going all summer will motivate me to fix all the windows, a project I have been putting off for a long time. Wish me luck and invite me over every once in a while!
These are just a few ways to ease your recession. Feel free to leave comments on how you do it. I would love to add more things to this list of awesomeness. In the meantime, I will sip my delicious homemade latte and blog some more!