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Save the Earth - Don't Do Laundry! PDF Print E-mail
By Melissa Tosetti
Today is Earth Day, a global celebration of the environment.
Saving money and sustainable living are two of my favorite subjects to study. Coincidentally, they support each other.
Here in California, we’re suffering from a terrible drought. Many of my close friends are farmers and they’re struggling. Across the state, we’re doing what we can to save water such as:
  • Turn off the tap while brushing teeth.
  • Only run a full dishwasher (on the energy efficient cycle).
  • No more baths and very short showers.
  • Use a pitcher to capture water while waiting for tap to get hot and use that water in the garden.
One of my favorite ways to save water, money and time is by only washing our clothes if they’re actually dirty.  
We often throw something we’ve worn for just a short while into the dirty clothes pile. Break the habit by hanging the item immediately after taking it off. If you’d like, you can let it hang outside the closet for awhile to air out. You can also give it a few sprays of Febreze.
In addition to saving water, and the energy to run the washer and dryer, you’ll also save wear and tear on your clothes making them last so much longer. The next time you clean out the lint catcher, it will remind you of how rough the dryer can be on your clothes.
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Money Saving Laundry Habit PDF Print E-mail
By Melissa Tosetti
One of my favorite lessons that I learned from Flylady.net is the habit of doing just one load of laundry a day - replacing the marathon laundry habit that previously took up our weekends.
Another trick she teaches is to run the washing machine in the evening and then put your clothes in the dryer the next morning.  If you can pop them in the dryer prior to jumping in the shower, depending on your morning routine, the clothes might just be done before you're ready to leave for work. If you can find just five minutes in the morning to put them away before heading out the door, how great will that feel?  Knocking out a crucial housekeeping task before clocking in at work.
Many utility companies will give you a discount for using appliances before or after peak hours. By running your washing machine after 8:00 pm and then putting your clothes in the dryer the next morning, you can shave quite a bit off of your utility bill. 
Just how much?  This blurb from Portland General Electric's website answers the question:
A typical family of three uses about 80 kWh per month for electric clothes drying. Under PGE’s Time of Use option,on-peak usage for this period would equal $10.61. Mid-peak usage would equal $6.00, and off-peak would result in a cost of $3.54.
By simply drying your clothes at off-peak times, you can save $7.07 per month.  That's just for your dryer.  It doesn't include your washing machine which will likely save you an additional $7.07 per month.  Take it a step further and also run your dishwasher during off peak hours saving another $7.07 per month.  That's $21.21 per month saved and potentially $254.52 per year. 
I imagine you can think of far more fun things to spend $254.52 on than your utility bill.


Building a Savvy Wardrobe PDF Print E-mail
Introduction by Melissa Tosetti
Our closets can be a maelstrom of physical and emotional stress.  It’s common for them to burst with regret-purchases, clothes that no longer fit but you’re unwilling to part with and wardrobe orphans that don't go with anything else you own.
The average woman wears 20% of her wardrobe 80% of the time.  That means 80% of her clothes are just taking up space, many of those items never worn with the tags still on them.  In the U.S., it's common to shop for the sake of shopping instead of shopping with a purpose.  We purchase clothes at random hoping the next item will magically pull our entire wardrobe together.
Alison Gary is the founder of Wardrobe Oxygen and a frequent contributor to The Savvy Life.  We asked her to pull together a list of wardrobe staples – items worthy of investing in because they will get plenty of wear and complete your wardrobe.  Although everyone’s wardrobe needs are different, the items on her staples list will work with just about everyone’s lifestyle.
Once you have a closet filled with basics, it's much easier to purchase pieces that you can mix and match with what you already own.
Part of living a savvy life is about creating a wardrobe made entirely of clothes that fit and look great on you.  By following Alison’s list and focusing your spending on the basics first – you'll be able to quickly, affordably and efficiently build your own savvy wardrobe! 
Click here to read Alison's 10 Must Have Wardrobe Staples
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