Monthly Archives: April 2009
Earth Day is April 22. There is no better time than the present to appreciate Mother Earth and practice conservation. Here are some little things that we do around our house that are easy and make a difference:
Not rinsing dishes before we put them in the dishwasher (it was a hard behavioral pattern to stop!)
Collect cold water in a bucket in the shower before the water gets warm and use it to water inside/outside plants
Brush teeth without water running
collect rain water in barrel and water outside plants
use low flow toilets
install a programmable thermostat
replace air filters regularly
wrap water heater in a blanket
unplug electronic devices (they still use electricity if turned off and plugged in)
change our light bulbs to CFL bulbs
recycle cardboard, glass, plastic, newspaper, aluminum, magazines, etc.
hang energy-efficient curtains over windows
install window liner during winter season to insulate wall
Grocery shop with a fabric bag and save the paper and plastic
Reuse water bottles and cut plastic usage
Plant a tree
After watching Al Gore’s documentary “An Inconvenient Truth”, I learned little things we can all do daily from the Climate Crisis web site: There is even a calculator to determine our personal carbon footprint.
Treehugger.com is another good resource to get ideas.
I also use Freecycle to clean house, avoid taking items to the dump and to share with those in need. I just unloaded a mattress and headboard to a woman today for her grandson’s bedroom!
Reduce junk mail
Cut direct mail catalogs and junk mail – use Catalog Choice to stop receiving unwanted catalogs.
An new organization called 41pounds.org promises to completely remove you from up to 95% of the junk mail lists by contacting each organization from which you receive mail and/or catalogs for a one-time fee of $41.
Here is an opt-out guide to junk your junk mail from New Dream.
Good luck! Remember to reduce, reuse, recycle whenever you can.
My kindergartener found a handwritten note on the floor of her school bus and put it in her school bag. I found it and opened it up and started reading it. At first, it read like any other note from a girl to another in high school. The bus is shared between HS, middle and elementary school so that made sense.
But as I read it, every parent’s nightmare was listed in the note. Jail time, teen pregnancy, you name it. The question is, now what do we do with it? We are going to turn it into the Principal. Thank goodness my daughter can’t read it, but what if a 3rd or 5th grader read it? Oh the horror. I typed it out into a word document as a reminder as well and I vow to be sure we are active in our child’s life so that this isn’t the path that she takes. I feel that the parents need to know what is going on with these kids and that is the least we can do. I will have nightmares tonight!
What would you do?
Happy tax day to everyone in the US! Many businesses are offering tax day freebies and free food to lighten the tax paying load that citizens feel this time of year. Be sure to check them out.
Maggiemoo’s is offering a free scoop of ice-cream. While Metrotainment cafe has a buy one, get one free entree for tax day. On a sweet deal, Dunkin’ Donuts is giving away free donuts when you buy any cup of coffee.
McCormick & Schmick’s
Who says you can’t love the number 1040? Wednesday diners at McCormick & Schmick’s will get a $10.40 certificate for future use. There’ll be $15 to $20 entrees discounted to $10.40. And patrons can choose themed drinks, such as a pint of Samuel Adams Deduction Draft.
Want a free gift card? T.G.I. Friday’s will give Wednesday customers $5 Bonus Bites gift cards for food and beverage purchases of $15 to $25 and $10 cards for those who spend more than $25. Members of the 1,000-outlet chain’s frequent-customer program also will get double points.
The chain is keeping it simple by offering a 15-percent discount for diners on Wednesday.
Taco Del Mar
Out west, restaurant chain Taco Del Mar is offering a ‘Taxes Suck. Tacos Don’t’ promotion. You can register online and have a coupon for a free tax day taco sent to your email.
Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream and Treatery
Get free ice cream! Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream and Treatery will give away single-scoop servings to customers at 200 stores in what it calls an “e-cone-omic ice cream stimulus package.”
Snack chain Cinnabon will give out Tax Day Bites, free bite-size cinnamon rolls usually known as Classic Bites, from 5 to 8 p.m. at its 700 outlets on Wednesday. They’re also offering an essay contest for Tax Day that could win you a $100 gift card! Click here for more info.
McDonalds: Buy one Quarter Pounder with Cheese or Big Mac and get a second sandwich for just one penny.
Papa Johns Pizza: Three free toppings with purchase of a large cheese pizza. Order online and use coupon code “1040″ to get toppings at no additional charge.
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro: Take 15% off your entire bill in what the chain is calling a Tax Relief promotion.
TGIFridays: Tax Day Stress Relief gives you $5 Bites Cards (Gift Card) with $15+ purchase, $10 Bites Card with $25+ purchase. Frequent customer program participants get double points as well.
Chick-Fil-A: Make a purchase and save your receipt. Bring the receipt back within the next 30 days (starting April 16) and you can get the same items free.
Hydromassage: Free Tax Day Massage at participating fitness center or chiropractic office nearest you. Reservations recommended.
Taco Del Mar: Register for an emailed coupon for a free taco at the Taxes Suck. Tacos Don’t promotional page.
Wine.com: Save $10.40 on $99 or more by entering code TAXSAVINGS at checkout.
Walgreen’s: 15% off online orders and contact lenses. Use coupon code “TAXED.” Good though April 20th.
Rite Aid pharmacies in Georgia are offering a free one month supply of more than 300 commonly prescribed maintenance generic drugs when you sign up for the Rite Aid prescription savings card.
And Kroger has a freebie as well. If you register on Kroger.com you can design a recyclable shopping bag as part of a contest Kroger is holding. Enter your Kroger plus card number and your next purchase will include a free Kroger recyclable shopping bag.
Local farm markets are reopening now that spring is here. The Peachtree Road Farmer’s market features organic produce and locally made goods. On the second Saturday of each month there is also a free cooking demonstration from a local chef.
Sources: 11Alive, Examiner, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Restaurant chains.
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