Shopping Tips

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Avoid Buying Disposable Products The mentality of "get it dirty - throw it away" tempts us all but we are already surrounded with products that end up in the trash before we are ready for them to, such as pantyhose. So why add to the waste? If you can purchase products that can be reused, you will end up with disposable income instead of disposable floor polishing cloths. Avoid thinking that your house will be more sterile if you can dispose of those things that get dirty. The washing machine and a little Clorox will often make them look brand new and hospital clean.
Save Money and the Environment A family of four can save $3,000 a year simply by buying products in the largest size they can use and by buying long lasting reusable items. Think about the effect of your purchases on the environment when you shop. Items with excess packaging and products that need to be discarded after only a few uses cost more money, use up valuable resources and create more waste.
Buy Products That You Will Be Able to Recycle It is important to familiarize yourself with your what types of containers and items can be recycled in your local recycling program. Once you know what you can recycle, look for products that come in the containers that you know you will be able to recycle when the products are all used up. Examples are products in commonly recycled containers made from aluminum, steel, #1 and #2 plastic, and glass. Check the Earth 911 Reuse and Recycling Services listings to see what types of containers/packaging you should look for in your community.
Farmers Market: Go without a list. This probably goes against what you've learned, but the point of going to the farmers market is to get the freshest possible produce. So plan on buying whatever looks best and plan your meals around your purchase.
Make a List! This is the cardinal rule of shopping. The list represents your grocery needs: the staples you're out of, and the food you need for upcoming meals. When you stray from the list, you're buying on impulse, and that's how shopping trips get out of control. Sure, a magazine only costs $5, but if you spend an extra $5 every time you make a trip to the supermarket, you waste a lot of money.

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