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Tips on Tuesday – Cups, glasses, water bottles….oh my!

While I was home on vacation last week, I got into a conversation with my sister and my cousins about things our moms did that we are now doing – now that we are adults and parents, ourselves.  One of things that we all remember is my Mom’s thermos full of Kool-Aid and our personalized red cups.

It is hot in Texas and my mom got tired of us going in and out of the refrigerator looking for something cool to drink.  Her answer to the problem….keep a thermos full of cold Kool-Aid and give each of us one cup.  I can still remember the thermos sitting on our back porch.  Do you remember the old McDonald’s thermos you could get for school functions and such?  Our thermos was similar – just a smaller family version.

My tip today is – do the same thing.  Now with drink pouches and bottled water and sport drinks…everyone reaches for a drink and never thinks about the waste or cost involved.  By offering a large pitcher (or thermos) of your favorite drink  (lemonade, Kool-Aid, iced tea, you can even buy sport drink powders) and allocating one cup per day per user, you’ll soon notice how much waste you’ve reduced and money you’ve saved too.  Save the bottled drinks for trips or picnics.

What childhood things do you remember your parents doing and now you are doing the same thing?  I’d love to hear your stories.

Happy Tuesday.




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Paper, Paper…Everywhere! Part 3 – Find other ways to get information

Happy Wednesday!

So far this week, we have talked about getting all the paper in your life sorted and organized so you can move forward with a good system.  I also presented a filing system that works at both work and at home.  Today – I want to talk about cutting down the paper all together.

That is why it is important to find other ways to get information.

This is really pretty easy and you’ll be amazed at how much you can get your paper situation under control if you take a few steps to stop the paper from coming in.

1. Stop the junk mail – there are many ways to do this and many can be found online.  Here is one tool that I found http://donotmail.org/

2. Elect to get your statements, invoices, bills, etc. via email notification. – Not only does this reduce paper, but it is also safer.

3. Browse catalogs online – versus receiving catalogs in the mail.

4. Read newspapers and magazines online.

5. Use online tools like www.delicious.com to bookmark your favorite websites. The nice thing about websites like this is it is web-based and not computer based like ‘bookmarks” are.  And instead of printing out that article for your next vacation destination or a recipe you’d like to try,  you can save it to “My Delicious” and call it up anytime, anywhere.

Hope these are some ideas that will work for you.  Have others?  Please feel free to share!  Want more information on these ideas – feel free to comment or contact me directly.

Hope you have a wonderful day.

Amy Munns

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“This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson