Go Green For Green

save some cash and help planet earth…at the same time!

Even the Dog is Recycled! April 21, 2009

Filed under: Apollo,Dog,Green,Money Saver,recycle,Uncategorized — Allison @ 2:47 am
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2006 was a big year for Eric & I. We decided to move out of our apartment and into a house about three week before our wedding. I secretly wanted to buy a house, just so I could get a dog. We knew we wanted a Golden Retriever mix, so we checked out Petfinder.com and found a bunch of golden mix puppies in our area. So two weeks after coming home from the honeymoon, we went to an adoption day at Petco to check out Pluto a golden retriever mix who had been transported to NJ from a high kill shelter in NC. Petfinder great, since you can find a dog of pretty much any breed available for adoption. Many out of state rescues are even willing to arrange transportation in order to get their dog placed into your home.

Eric firmly objected to adopting a dog so soon after moving into a new house. After all, we just had all of our new furniture delivered the day before. But when he set eyes on Pluto- now Apollo- it was love at first site. For the first year of his life, we couldn’t figure out what kind of dog he was. As spots started to appear on his tongue, we realized he was a Golden mixed with some Chow.

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In the current state of the economy, there are thousands of dogs being displaced from their homes because their owners can no longer afford to take care of them. If you’re considering a new dog, please RECYCLE- errr ADOPT your new friend! If saving a life isn’t good enough reason, consider the fact that mixed breeds (mutts) like Apollo have fewer hereditary problems. And dogs from shelters are cheaper than buying one from a puppy store- but why the heck would you consider doing that anyway?


Save $460 a year by making your own coffee…. April 20, 2009

Filed under: Costco,Food/Drink,Money Saver — Allison @ 2:50 pm
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I’ll admit.  I’m a Starbucks junkie.  Always will be.  When I worked in the city, I couldn’t resist my Venti bold drip EVERY SINGLE DAY.  Do you have any idea how much that cost me?  With tax, $2.25 a day, $11.25 a week, $45.00 a month, or $540 A YEAR!

A little over a year ago, I took a job closer to home.  Lucky for me, and my wallet, the route to work doesn’t take me past a Starbucks.  For pure convenience, I decided to start brewing my own coffee at home.  I drink Kirkland brand (from Costco) Columbian whole-bean coffee.  I put 4 scoops (I like it strong!) into my Melitta Mill & Brew Coffee Maker to brew half a pot and away I go.  I drink a cup at home to get me out the door, I use a coffee tumbler that looks like a Starbucks Grande cup to take the rest to work with me:


Here’s what it costs me to brew coffee from home for a whole year:

$59.95  3 lb bag of Columbian Roast from Costco $11.99 each * 5 used per year

$11.95  5 Gallons of milk used over the course of the year $2.39 each

Grand Total: $71.90

Total Saved: $468.10

# of Paper Cups Saved: 260

*This cost includes supplies to make coffee 365 days a year, when I was buying Starbucks 260 days a year and still brewing at home on the weekends, so the savings are actually higher than what is posted here*

I could save more money by buying coffee on sale at the grocery store with a coupon.  However, I REALLY enjoy this particular coffee blend and refuse to settle for a cheaper brand!  I think Kirkland Columbian tastes BETTER than the Starbucks I used to drink.


BLOG CANDY Win a green cleaning starter kit!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Allison @ 2:20 am

To celebrate the first day on our new blog, we’re giving away a starter kit to make your own green cleaning spray!

Includes: a recycled spray bottle with the ingredients to make the all-purpose cleaner listed below.  Just add water!

Contest ends April 25, 2009 at 11:59pm eastern standard time.  I’ll then use a random number generator to pick the winner!


Earth-friendly (and cheap!) cleaning supplies April 19, 2009

Filed under: Green Cleaning,Money Saver — Allison @ 11:52 pm
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We originally decided to go green with our cleaning supplies a number of years ago after realizing exactly what is in those strong-smelling bathroom and kitchen cleaners.  We haven’t turned back since.  I think the earth friendly cleaners actually work BETTER than their chemical-ridden counter parts.  BUT, have you seen how expensive some of those cleaners are?  Method cleaners are $4 a bottle, and I could easily use 6 of them a year.  That’s about $26 a year with tax.

Here’s how you can make 32 YEARS worth of cleaners for less than a year’s worth of name-brand products…

Your Shopping List:

Free- Spray Bottle (recycle an old one you already have)

$13.99- 32oz bottle of Dr. Bronners Peppermint Castile Soap (or pick a scent of your choice)

$4.49- 76oz box of 20 Mule Team Borax

$2.50- Lemon Juice (This is an item I always have in my Pantry)

Total: $21.16 (w/ tax)

All Purpose Cleaner- Mix Together in the Spray Bottle:

1 tsp. Dr. Bronner’s Soap

1 tsp. Borax

Spritz of Lemon Juice

Fill to the top with warm water & shake to mix.

Easy as pie!  And I actually really love the peppermint smell of this- it’s a very fresh scent.  You can feel free to add some essential oils like Lavendar if you’d like.

Check out EcoCycle for more green cleaner recipes.


Welcome to our world!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Allison @ 10:34 pm

Welcome to Go Green for Green!  We’re a couple of newlyweds in our first home looking to save a few bucks and save the planet in the process.  Please check back for some great tips on how to save money.