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Green and frugal! Can it get any better?

Tightwad loves it that many of these tips dovetail with frugal lifestyles.

Sign up for the "no solicitation" registry so you can avoid getting credit card offers and other ads which will reduce paper clutter and save trees.

Shop online to reduce your carbon footprint and save money The abundance of online coupons makes this green practice a no-brainer.

Get out of the gym and exercise outdoors Freeze your gym membership and save up to 75 %+ per month during the summer. You'll also rely less on those energy-sucking cardio machines.

Close blinds on hot days Before you head out for the day, close your blinds to keep the sun from warming your home while you're gone.

Send an e-gift certificate for special occasions Not only are e-gift cards convenient, you're also using less plastic resources and reducing fuel associated with shipping.

Eliminate paper invites and digitize your event announcement Save on postage and printing while reducing paper by using sites that allow you to create electronic announcements and invitations.

Use an irrigation controller 20 to 50% of domestic water use goes toward the landscape, even more in certain areas of the country. Invest in a controller to schedule irrigation to reduce over-watering.

Swap stuff Use to trade books, CDs, DVDs, sporting equipment and other goods. Not only are you saving money, but you're reducing future trash by re-using someone else's stuff.

Walk or bike to work to save on fuel You're doing your wallet and your health some good by walking, biking or taking public transportation.

Wash clothes with cold water Reduce your monthly heating bills and save energy.

Use mobile coupons to cut paper clutter Download coupon apps to access discounts without using paper coupons. Save coupons to your supermarket loyalty card for paperless grocery savings.

Plug electronics into power strips Buy a surge protector for electronics to save your valuables in the event of a lightning strike and power down when not in use to cut your electricity bill.

Go paperless This is a no-brainer -- when banks and service providers offer you the option to go paperless, take it.

Hang dry your clothes Do laundry on the weekends and hang dry your clothes to save energy and reduce your electricity bill.

Shop garage and estate sales for clothes and home goods Recycling other people's unwanted items will not only save money but also reduces trash build-up in landfills.

Put the blow dryer down Consider going "au natural" several times a week to save on energy spent by blow dryers and flat irons or consider washing your hair less often.

Take short showers The feeling of hot water on your skin is often hard to resist, but taking short, cooler showers reduces your heating bill and saves water and energy.

Wash dishes in a sink full of water Fill one side of the sink with soapy water to clean dishes, and only run the dishwasher when it's full to save energy.

Get a water filter and reusable water bottle Over 80% of plastic water bottles are tossed - not recycled - yielding 1.5 tons of waste per year, according to Mother Nature Network. Invest in a reusable water bottle (or two) and a filter, if your tap water is lacking.

Plant native shrubs and plants Native plants and shrubs subsist on whatever precipitation occurs in your area, making them an eco-friendly alternative to non-native plants that require additional watering and maintenance.

Use an eco-friendly shower head Investing in an eco-friendly shower head can save up to 70% in water and energy consumption.


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