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Earth Day Every Day Saves You Money

Earth Day…

On the first Earth Day I “celebrated” with my kids a friend, her 5-year old son, my 5-year old son, 1-year old daughter in a stroller and I went into a little tiny strip of wilderness area that stretched along side a street we used to frequently walk along, and we picked up the trash.  I can’t recall how many bags full of garbage we collected, but we were astonished at how much there had been in such a small space, and the kids were really proud that the work they did would help keep the little forest they knew so well healthier and more beautiful. Unfortunately, the following year, the little forest was full of litter and trash again, which I found so discouraging I didn’t have the heart to show my little son how fruitless his previous year’s noble efforts had been, and I hit the wall of disillusionment in the Earth-day clean-up activity arena, so instead, I think we planted a tree that year for Earth Day.

Littering is a huge pet-peeve of mine.  I wish it was for more people out there.  Not only is it an immense eye-sore, but litter presents personal health and world wide environmental pollution hazards, and even though I hadn’t even considered this 20 years ago, now I know that it  filters through our whole economy, creating a tremendous impact on national budgets, taxes, fees, and real estate values… all of which are paid for by YOU… it all ends up coming right out of YOUR wallet.

Bag Monster Blog, a site devoted to eliminating plastic bag use, quotes Heal The Bay, an environmental group dedicated to cleaning and sustaining the Santa Monica Bay in Southern California, who sites the following statistics: The total cost of litter collection, disposal and enforcement in the U.S. is estimated to be at least $11.5 BILLION annually. Businesses bear the burden of this cost, spending $9.1 BILLION annually and representing 79.5% of the total cost of litter abatement. Just consider for a second the lower prices we might be appreciating if business didn’t have to foot such an enormous bill, and what amazing, wonderful, and productive things might be accomplished with that money!

Placing trash in trash bins instead of littering will reduce these costs, but recycling further reduces expenditures, and is even more ecologically sound — and re-using and re-purposing promotes all around further savings.  Check the fascinating recycling facts posted on A Recycling Revolution.

While my experience with cleaning up that little neighborhood woodlands was a bit discouraging, it did not hamper my caring about the the fragility of our planet, and along with cost-consciousness, an eco-consciousness has found its way into just about everything I do.  I still have a long way to go, and it may feel daunting at times but , unlike 20 years ago, now it is easy to find resources, like EarthDay.org, and Keep America Beautiful, that are devoted to making it easier for us keep the world healthier, cleaner, safer, and more beautiful, while keeping our our wallets happier too!

Jamie, SLTV

Catch these Money-Saving and Earth-Friendly Related Videos:

Being Frugal:  The Original sustainability? – Author of The New Frugality: How to Consume Less, Save More, and Live Better, Chris Farrell

Cleaners, Make Your Own – Kimberly Danger, founder of Mommysavers

Clothes Swap – Melissa Massello of Shoestring Magazine & Amy Chase of Punkystyle Blog

Energy Efficiency Tips Host of “House Smarts” TV show, Lou Manfredini

Freecycling: Household Items for Free – coordinator for Freecycle New York City, Christina Salvi

Gasoline Money: Inflate Tires & Save – Global energy products and eco blog, Eco 20-20

Grow an Organic Garden: Save Money – Research editor of Organic Gardening Magazine, Pam Ruch

House Cost Saving Tips, Eco-Friendly – Interior designer, Libby Langdon

Household Eco Products Save Money Josh Dorfman, host of The Lazy Environmentalist TV show

Live Richly & Frugal Forever – Founder of the Tightwad Gazette, and Frugal For Life blog, Amy Dacyzyn

Refrigerator & Freezer Eco & Savings Tips – Home enviornmentalist expert, Danny Seo

Shop Organic Money Saving Tips – Author of Georgously Green and TV host, Sophie Uliano

Uncle Sam Sells Cheap, All About Gov’t. Auctions – Stacey Johnson host of Money Talks News

World Travel for Free While Helping to Grow the Organic Movement – World Wide Opportunities in Organic Farms,  WWOOF

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Instant (& Budget Happy) Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!

 

We love a celebration… especially when there is delicious Mexican food, drinks, and music to indulge our festive selves in; and we’ve given you everything you need to have a super Cinco de Mayo Fiesta while keeping your wallet happy, too… Olé!

Music:

Kumbia Kings, “No Tengo Dinero” Live & Rocks!

Obus, “Dinero Dinero” Metal Rock en Espanol, Live

Santana, “Shake Your Money Maker” live, Germany

Food:

Mex Dinner: 4 for Under $35 – Executive Chef from restaurant, Sol Toro Tequila Grill shows easy recipes.

Healthy Gourmet Mex. Dinner for 4 at $8.75 Per Person! – Video from Diane Henderiks shows recipes. Diane is the author of Dietitian in the Kitchen.

Chicken and Chile Verde – Host of Central-Market.com’s Central Cooks, Kim Berto shows recipe for Chicken and Chile Verde, a one-pot meal with a Mexican flavor.

Guacamole – Here celebrity chef Rick Bayless shows his spin on the traditional recipe for that delicious Mexican favorite avocado dip, Guacamole. It’s easy, bright, and makes any party – especially a Cinco de Mayo Celebration – an instant hit.

Tres Leche Cake – Cake soaked in sweetened milk is a sweet and delicious way to satisfy your guests. Stephanie Gallagher from TheIronChefMom.com shows how to make this delicious desert.

Decorations

Cinco de Mayo Decorations – Easy tissue paper flowers and a mini sombrero table decorations from Crayola Crafty Creations.

How to Make a Pinata – SO SIMPLE!  Video shows how to make any party a real fiesta!

More entertaining and party money saving tips in SLTV channels:

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The Top Ten Money Saving Videos of 2011 on SpendLessTV.com

The Top Ten Money Saving Videos of 2011 on SpendLessTV.com

Another year has passed, and we’re once again pleased that we were able to bring you helpful content from so many clever and wise money-savers from around the world who are committed to helping others achieve personal financial success, and we appreciate their willingness to share their knowledge and videos.

We also give a very special shout of appreciation to all the contributors in our Originals Channel, who generously gave their skill, time, and their professional wisdom in creating videos exclusively for SpendLessTV.com viewers. It just so happens that, with the exception of only one, the remarkable Steve Martin, the Originals contributors comprise the top ten most viewed videos this year, they are: Daniel DelaneyThe DolansMarie ForleoGarrett B. GundersonRyan LeeAlexis NeelyJoe Polish, Ramit SethiSean Stephenson, and Gary Vaynerchuk.

Here is the SpendLessTV.com List of  The Top Ten Money Saving Videos of 2011:

10. Street Food Smart – Daniel Delaney (an SLTV Original)

Vendor street food: to taste or not to taste? Curbside cuisine expert Daniel Delaney shares his wisdom on how to get the most for your vendor buck.

9. How to Avoid Money Panic – Sean Stephenson & Garrett B. Gunderson (an SLTV Original)

Therapist Sean Stephenson and personal finance advisor Garrett B. Gunderson discuss an approach that helps to reduce feelings of money panic, and increase your ability to actually grow your wealth and savings, and be more productive even during stressful times.

8. Cost Effective Marketing for Small Business – Joe Polish (an SLTV Original)

President of Piranha Marketing, Joe Polish, reveals three invaluable top techniques to market your business more effectively, efficiently, and do it without spending a fortune.

7. Avoid These 8 Retirement Mistakes! – The Dolans, Ken and Daria (an SLTV Original)

Trusted personal finance advisors Ken and Daria Dolan give straight talk – great for all age groups – about saving money, planning for retirement, 401-k’s, and how to avoid costly retirement investment mistakes.

6. Money Myth: Cut Back on Everything! – Ramit Sethi (an SLTV Original)

Part of an SLTV Original series of three money myth-busting tips from personal finance author Ramit Sethi. Ramit chimes in on the idea that to save money, you should just cut back on everything… well maybe not…

5. Money Myth: Spend Less Than You Earn – Ramit Sethi (an SLTV Original)

Another in the SLTV Original series of three money myth-busting tips from author of I Will Teach You To Be Rich, Ramit Sethi. Here Ramit gives his take on the idea that to grow your savings, just spend less than you earn… or…

4. Maintain a Mindset of Abundance – Marie Forleo  (an SLTV Original)

Best-selling author, speaker and one of the most diversely successful entrepreneurs today, Marie Forleo, shares 3 easy things you can do to feel abundant, attract success, avoid money stress and feel great about your potential.

3. Steve Martin, SNL – Don’t Buy Stuff You Can’t Afford – Steve Martin on SNL

A comedy classic: Saturday Night Live features Steve Martin and Amy Poehler, a couple needing personal finance budgeting help, which they find with Chris Parnell’s unique approach to debt and money-management.

2. Money Myth: Willpower – Ramit Sethi (an SLTV Original)

A part of the three-part series on growing your wealth from personal finance author and blogger Ramit Sethi. In this clip, Ramit claims that the idea of personal finance success being about more and more willpower may not necessarily be so.

1. Be a Customer Who Gets What You Want! – Gary Vaynerchuk (an SLTV Original)

Entrepreneur, speaker, author, and co-founder of Vayner Media, Gary Vaynerchuk, discusses the Thank You Economy: how customers have more power than ever and how being an engaged consumer gets you more of what you want from brands: better service, prices and experiences.

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6 Fabulous Fashion Accessories – DIY Gifts Your Friends & Family Will Love

Turn your clutter into fabulous! These easy do-it-yourself craft projects use items you may already have or can easily collect or find and transforms them into attractive fashionable accessories. These make unique, eco-friendly and virtually free gift ideas, too!

Turn a Book into a Handbag – Curbly.com shows how to create a DIY custom, colorful purse by recycling a vintage hard-covered book cover and fabric. This takes a little sewing savvy, but the results are cool.

Make Your Own Beads from Paper – Easy recycling DIY from Threadbanger.com shows how to create beads for necklaces, bracelets, and more using old magazines, newspapers, or wrapping paper.

Necklace from Magazine Pages – Makeup artist, crafter and vlogger from VenusOcean.blogspot.com shows how to create a necklace from old magazines. A fun super simple family-friendly project  that costs almost nothing to make!

DIY Necklace from Pantyhose – Inspired by the book, P.S. I Made This by Erica Domesek, Earth911.com’s Jennifer Berry shows how to create a fashionable elegant or campy necklace with this easy DIY project using recycled  hosiery, scissors & found items from around your house.

Use Plastic Bags to Make Cool Things – Etsy Labs Technician Anda Lewis shows us how to fuse plastic shopping bags together to create a material you can sew together and use as you would a sturdy water-resistant fabric. Make a reusable shopping bag, messenger bag, cosmetic bag, guitar straps, belts… you name it!

DIY Bracelets and More from Pop Tabs – A creative bracelet is just one of many items you can make out of soda pop tabs! A creative eco-friendly and versatile project that you can use to make belts, earrings, we’ve even seen purses and tote-bags out of pop tabs as well! A fun gift idea great for guys or gals!

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Save Money on Holiday Travel

Are you ready for the busiest travel season of the year? Thanksgiving is the busiest travel time for driving, but we were surprised to learn that the fall and winter holidays are not the busiest airport travel days… mid-July carries the busiest days for flyers.  But travel around the November, December and January holidays sure do feel like the busiest all around. They absolutely are high in-demand airport travel times and carry big price tags in every travel category, from transportation to lodging; couple that with family expectations and specific time constraints with limited options, and it all translates to:  the pressure is on.

If you’re traveling for the holidays, you can save yourself some stress, time, and money by preparing early with the excellent tips in these videos… and then you can sit back and really enjoy the holidays!

Cheapest Days to Fly – Another clip from FareCompare.com, video gives best days to book for big savings – Nice to know for Holidays!

Holiday Air Travel Deals – A segment from  Travel and Leisure Magazine features director, Nilou Motamed, giving websites & pointers.

Holiday Air Travel Planning Tips – Clip gives simple tip could save you stress & money during the busy holiday season (wouldn’t that be nice?).

Hotel Booking Tips – Great pointers and tips from the LA Times Travel Editor.

Top Secret Hotel Booking Tip – This single tip could bring you big savings from MoneySavingExpert.com founder, Martin Lewis.

Cheap Car Rentals, 22 Money Saving How-To Tips – Rental cars can be a high priced drain. This SpendLessTV blog post gives all the best tips we’ve found, which could save you a bundle on your rental car!

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Does Buying a Bag of Cheese Puffs Really Matter?

We’re joining in on change.org’s Blog Action Day – drawing attention to FOOD.

One of the tenets of growing personal wealth or trying to hold onto savings, is to try to get the most out of everything. Value does not always mean more expensive, and unconscious wastefulness is equal to throwing money away.

There are two absolute necessities for life: food and water. And yet, when it comes to saving money, food is often one of the first places many people think of to try to cut back to find savings.  Why? Because it’s the one thing we absolutely must spend money on every day.

So, to save what can add up for some to be hundreds of dollars a month, we become aware of how much we are spending or over-spending on food and devise ways to receive the most we can from the fewest dollars spent. Some of the ways we can achieve this is by growing our own food or shopping local farmer’s markets. But we also spend hours researching sales and promotions, using coupons, stocking up and planning menus ahead based on what is going on sale at the grocery store, which can add up to some real savings.  But what foods, exactly, are we saving money on?

Does getting it for less mean we should be getting it at all? Does being able to get it for less mean we should be oblivious to how our food choices affect the world on a broader scale? What does it matter to us if buying a bag of empty calorie, chemical laden, processed cheese-like puffs and tossing the half-finished non-biodegradable bag into the trash may waste fuel, waste water, overtax landfills, promote pollution, affect the climate, impact the world’s food supply, contribute to the destruction of local farms and the undernourishment of neighbors right in our own towns?

It matters for many reasons, but these three simple reasons should be enough for anyone:

1) Saving money. Preparing your own meals, bringing your lunch to work or school, buying from local providers and farmers, and using fresh unprocessed food is cheaper and saves you money. As simple as that.

2) Getting nourishment from as close to the original source as possible (as opposed to a preservative & chemical drenched, nutrient-absent over-processed something-or-other out of a box shipped half-way across the world), is healthier, conserves natural resources, and causes less waste and pollution.

And, 3) Sometimes what is better for our local community may ultimately end up being better for everyone, which includes YOU and ME.

A simple example of how what’s good for a few can ultimately benefit the many is how organic foods and bulk-bin selections are now becoming widely available as a regular feature at conventional supermarkets all over the U.S. and at more affordable prices. This is largely due to shopper demand, stemming back from the little grass-roots 1960’s neighborhood co-op food movements. More vending machines and corner markets have fresh fruits and vegetables available now. More neighborhood farmer’s markets are re-emerging. The food choices you make do make a difference.

But what about the food we waste? What does that matter? Some have been around long enough to remember being a member of “The Clean Plate Club” and hearing parents and grandparents chant at every meal, “Are you a member of the Clean Plate Club? Eat everything on your plate, there are people starving in Europe.” This was not intended to get people to consume more, but rather to be more thoughtful about not wasting food and over-indulging between meals. That campaign was created 94 years ago to ensure that the limited amount of food America had as a result of World War I didn’t go to waste. It re-emerged in 1947 after the Great Depression and World War II, when food was again scarce and resources needed to be conserved as the country tried to help those struggling to recover from the war’s effects overseas. And of course, parents also conveniently gravitated to it as an easy way to  remind kids to be more appreciative of what they had.

In previous posts I’ve written about how eliminating one plastic zipper on rice packages saved thirty-thousand tons of landfill waste a month, and how eliminating or even cutting back on consuming bottled water can save an average family almost three-thousand dollars a year, not to mention reducing the stress on landfills and saving fuel. As I have mentioned several times in the past, I am not a frugal fanatic, but I also don’t like unconscious waste. I wondered, if those two little things could make such a huge positive impact, then what about that “Clean Plate Club – Don’t Waste Your Food” mentality? Does not wasting the food one has purchased really help the world and the food supply at large or not?

Luckily for me, Treehugger.com has already done the work, and they summarize just what a tremendous and far-reaching impact wasting food can have in their eye-opening articles: Discarding Food Wastes More Water than Showering, and  The Impact of Food Waste on Climate Change (and just about everything else), and Study Finds Half of All Food Produced Worldwide is Wasted. Here are just a couple of highlights:

  • 2 BILLION people could be fed for a year with the amount the U.S.A. alone throws away each year.
  • Food waste in the U.S.A. accounts for 1/4 of all freshwater consumption.
  • Decaying food in landfills produces polluting methane gas. If we simply stopped wasting food, it would be the equivalent of taking a quarter of all the cars in America off the road.

We know there are both “believers” and “non believers” on the climate and global warming issues – we won’t go round and round on that, but there’s no doubt that a waste-not-want-not attitude will never serve you wrong and won’t hurt your neighbors next door or around the world. That said, sadly, not everyone will be motivated to simply want to do a good thing by wasting less and being more conscious of food sources. The bottom line for many is this phrase used repeatedly by my 10th grade history teacher to describe the ultimate motivation behind just about every political and social decision, “The power of the purse.” Being conscious of the quality of and process by which you receive your daily bread, and what you do with it when you are finished with it, is not only eco-friendly and world-friendly, but health-wise and ultimately wallet-wise as well.

Creative ways to  get the most from your food and budget in our posts:

Why Bank of America Employees are Bringing Their Lunches To Work

The Miracle Money Saving Healthy Grocery Shopping Tip

Vegetables Save You Money

8 Fresh Food Saving Ideas to Stretch Your Produce Dollars

Save More Money – Break the Bottled Water Habit

Use Earth Day Eco Saving Pointers Every Day, and You’ll Save Money

Beware of the Blueberry Scam

And for money-saving shopping, recipes, and serving ideas see our channels:

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How to Save Money at Theme and Amusement Parks

Whoo Hoo! Theme parks, amusement parks, rides, thrills, adventure, fantasy… all spells big vacation bucks! Or does it? There are ways to save while spending time in amusement and theme parks whether that’s for a week long vacation or a day-trip adventure. Here are the expert’s pointers to getting the most for your thrill-packed dollars!

Tickets:

Purchasing your amusement park’s passes or tickets in advance, before you get to the ticket booths, can offer a real savings. Check online for specific special offers at sites like ThemeParkInsider.com, AmusementPark.com or MouseSavers.com. Do an online search using terms like: coupons theme parks, or coupons discounts Disney.

Timing can make a huge difference. If you can go “off season” you’ll save money and avoid crowds. The time of day may also make a difference for example, discounts are frequently being offered for visits after 4:00 p.m.

Opt for multi-day passes and package options. Also, before you purchase passes, consider how you want to handle your dining and food options. You nay want to include a food pass as part of  your admittance package as well. (see below “Food: Off-site may not be better for food”)

Ask for discounts: Ask if they accept membership discounts from groups like AAA, AARP, Sam’s Club or Costco, veterans, emergency workers, unions, etc. No harm in being creative and asking whatever you can think of!

  • Check with your credit card company to see if they have a promotional deal in effect.
  • Your employer may also have discount offers.
  • Always ask if there are price differences for seniors and/or students and/or children/youth.
  • Groups receive discounts. Find out what qualifies for a “group” discount; if you qualify you could receive some nice savings.
  • Locals may receive discounts. Many parks offer discounts to local residents, be sure to ask about this if you live nearby.
  • Celebrating a special event, birthday or anniversary?
    Discounts may apply, or a special acknowledgement, coupon, freebie or upgrade.

Lodging: Both on-site and off-site offer advantages, and either may end up being better for lodging. It’s well worth a little time do to some research on hotel and transportation rates and package deals that are offered both in the park itself, and in surrounding areas a little ways out from the park.  If inquiring on lodging in an area outside the park perimeter be sure to  ask if there are discounts on their room rates, and in addition, ask if they offer discount packages for park admission, and/or transportation to and from the park. Sometimes a package deal from the park with lodging on-site will be the better option but you won’t know until you check.

Food: Off-site may not be better for food. Sometimes a pre-paid package for all you can eat on-site is the better bargain. This really depends on how you anticipate spending your days and nights. If you plan on being on-site for the bulk of the time, a pre-paid package will probably be the way to go.  But if you plan on splitting your time between the park and touring or relaxing around the pool or shore, you may be better of on your own.

Shopping:  For souvenirs off-site and in nearby towns will almost always be the better way to go.

More in these videos:

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Car Parking Money Saving Tip

More Proof positive that you can slash your parking costs – even in high-priced areas!   In a previous blog post we listed dozens of ways you can save money on parking, one of which was to use coupons downloaded from online. Nothing could be simpler to do. In your online search, you type in the name of the place you are going, followed by the term, “parking coupons” and dozens of offers will come up, complete with phone numbers, maps, directions – everything to make it as easy as possible for you to save a bundle.

Recently we drove into NYC for an event, and we actually forgot (yes, we admit it!) to print out a coupon. We arrived at a Quik Park parking lot near our destination, and immediately noticed that the lot was displaying had a HUGE sign stating that they accept competitor coupons! So we could have shown up with ANY NYC parking coupon and gotten a big discount! But, NNNNOOOO… because we forgot to take a couple of minutes to do a little online search our parking fee for the evening was $45.

Now fast-forward to a week later, we need to be in The City again,  but this time, we remembered our coupon! We printed a coupon for an Edison ParkFast lot which happened to be near our destination. Using our coupon, the parking fee for the same amount of hours as the previous week was…  $10. Yep, you read that correctly: Ten Dollars.  We received an easy $35 dollar savings for less than a 3-minute web search!

Another way to easily save on automobile parking, even without coupons, is through online price comparison sites and mobile apps like BestParking.com. They allow you to search cities and neighborhoods for parking lot and street parking fees by map. You can compare prices by month, week, day, even down to the specific day of the week and the time of day.

So next time you’re driving for a day or night out on the town, head for online first, and save.

More Car Money Saving Tips in our posts:

And, visit our Car, Gasoline, Transportation and Travel Channels for even more savings.

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Free Pretzels and Discount Coupons for National Pretzel Day

2011 “Unofficial” National Pretzel Day: April 26.

There is no actual “official” National Pretzel Day, but pretzel folks have deemed April 26 as the day to celebrate pretzels, and that works out well for pretzel lovers because there are usually special offers to be found. Here are a few freebies and discount coupons that will help satisfy even the strongest pretzel-lovin’ cravings!

Pretzelmaker: The second largest soft pretzel concept in the United States, Pretzelmaker, is donating $30,000 to the VH1 Save the Music Foundation to help celebrate National Pretzel Day on April 26th and the brand’s support of music and the arts. On April 26th, customers are invited to visit their local Pretzelmaker, sing a snippet from a song of their choice and receive a FREE soft pretzel (salted or unsalted) while supplies last. Patrons who prefer not to sing won’t go hungry – they can simply say “National Pretzel Day” to receive their free pretzel.

Auntie Anne’s: Sign up for Auntie Anne’s “Pretzel Perks” on their Facebook page and receive an email coupon for a free pretzel!

Annie’s Homegrown Organic: You can save $0.75 on Annie’s Homegrown Organic Pretzel Bunnies with this coupon when you enter your email at healthesavers.com newsletter. Valid through April 30, 2011.

Pretzel Crisps: Buy-1-Get-1 Free Printable Coupon – valid through May 31, 2011.  If you haven’t tried the Snack Factory’s Pretzel Crisps yet, the flat pretzel cracker that are perfect for serving with dips and as a base for appetizers, now’s the time.

Wetzel’s Pretzels “Like” Wetzel’s Pretzels on Facebook and they’ll give you a Wetzel Buck good for $1.00 off your total when you purchase any Drink and a Fresh Pretzel, Wetzel Dog or Wetzel Bitz at the regular menu price, valid till July 31, 2011.

Super Pretzel: Save $0.50 on the purchase of any Superpretzel Soft Pretzel item with this printable coupon being offered by Redplum.com.

Lean Pockets: With their Pretzel Bread Sandwiches, Lean Pockets has untwisted the pretzel and stuffed it with three flavor combinations. You can save $1.50 when you purchase any three 2-pack boxes of Lean Pockets brand Stuffed Sandwiches of any variety. Give their Facebook page a “like” to receive the coupon.

More money saving tips for food lovers in these SLTV Channels:

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Save More Money – Break the Bottled Water Habit

We’re joining in on change.org’s Blog Action Day drawing attention to the issues surrounding WATER.

In the video, above, Jon Dee from “Tipping Point,” the Weather Channel Series, exposes the wasteful consumption of the bottled water habit. He also suggests some alternatives that will save you money.

Even though many people have access to clean water right from their taps, they spend huge amounts of money on drinking bottled water. The U.S.A. is the world’s largest bottled water consumers, spending over 4-Billion dollars each year on bottled water, which is an average of 200-plus bottles of water per person per year. Over 17 million barrels of oil are needed to manufacture those water bottles, and as much as 86 percent of those bottles will never be recycled, which contributes enormously to the world’s pollution problem; and the money to pay for all that  comes directly out of your pocket.

Bottled water may not be as pure or as clean as you may think. Bacteria grows in purified water kept longer than 6 months in plastic bottles. Many companies bottling water use water directly from city water supplies, and simply put it through an additional filtering process, much like what you could easily do yourself at home.

So, how can you can avoid shelling out tons of your hard-earned money for bottled water – money that could be going toward growing your personal savings, or perhaps helping those who aren’t as fortunate – still drink clean water and help the planet while you’re at it? We say it’s simple!

Here are some easy pointers:

~ The HowStuffWorks.com article, “How Much Money Can I Save with A Water Filter,” reports that as an alternative to using bottled water for every drink, a family of four could save as much as $2,878.57 per year with the use of a simple home water filter.  Woa! Now, that’s what we at SpendLessTV.com call real savings.

~ An article for AssociatedContent.com explains what we now know to be true: Water bottles are designed for one-time use, and re-using these is not recommended because plastic used in bottled water leaches toxins into the water. We suggest you can avoid this by opting for re-usable lower toxicity plastic bottles or stainless steel or glass bottles. You’ll also be helping to keep landfills and oceans from overflowing with pollution from single-use plastic bottles.

~ If you must purchase the occasional plastic bottle of water, be aware that as of October 2010, there are 11 U.S. states that have container deposit laws where you are charged a deposit fee at the time of your purchase, and if you return the empty bottles to the market, you receive that deposit money back!  If there is no deposit required where you purchase water in plastic bottles, please help out the world and help lower clean-up costs by tosssing those bottles into a recycle bin instead of the trash.

The Blog Action Day Blog states that a billion people don’t have access to clean water, and every week 42,000 people die from unsafe water.  An Informative article by Tara Lohan, “Annie Leonard Tackles Our Bottled Water Addiction“, suggests ways to become involved in the effort to help ensure clean and affordable drinking water for everyone.

Related Topics:

Video: Save Money Conserve Water – Open House shows easy water saving tips to be sure that you save money and that your home, inside and out, isn’t wasting any valuable water.

Article: Earth Day Every Day Saves You Money –  SLTV’s money and eco saving pointers and video links.

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