Bottled water is something you can and should give up!

Just in case you are still on the fence about bottled water, here are even more reasons to give it up and use a reusable bottle for water on the go instead. Drinking the recommended daily amount of water using bottled water can cost up to $1,400.00 per year; drinking the same amount from the tap...

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Garrison Keillor on bottled water

I am sorry, Evian and San Pellegrino and Dasani and all the other bottled waters out there - Aqua Velva, Wells Fargo, Muddy Waters, Joan Rivers, Jerry Springer, whatever - but the current campaign against paying good money for bottled water when tap water is perfectly good (and very likely purer)...

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Getting ready to rake up the leaves?

A Few Simple Steps for Composting Washington Post Eviana Hartman Sunday, September 30, 2007; N06 Fallen leaves may be a nuisance to collect, but they're far too valuable to throw away. With the arrival of autumn, go green by composting, nature's way of recycling nutrients. In composting, a p...

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What does my address have to do with this shirt I’m buying?

Have you noticed that different stores ask for your address, phone number, email address, and/or zip code when you are checking out? Don't give it to that store unless you want mail from them to start showing up. A simple "no thank you" in response is all that salesperson needs to hear (don't lec...

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Another way to opt out of credit and insurance offers

In my search to figure out why the Consumer Credit Reporting Companies are requesting your Social Security Number, I found This website allows you to remove your name permanently from the lists Equifax, Experian, Innovis, and TransUnion provide to businesses that send preappr...

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As if you didn’t hate junk mail enough…

A man without junk mail is like a fish without a bicycle… or so the old saying goes. I imagine just about everyone who reads this loves to get holiday cards, birthday salutations, and friendly notes in their mail. I think I speak for all of us when I say that one more credit card application or o...

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Let’s get rid of that junk mail!

So you took the pledge to Junk Your Junk Mail at but now you're trying to figure out how to actually get rid of all that mail? There are two ways you can go about getting rid of your junk mail:1. You can pay a service such as to help get rid of 80 to 95 percent of th...

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New Dream Holiday Poll 2005

In 2005, New Dream conducted a national poll about the holiday season. The survey showed that most Americans wish the holidays were less materialistic and believe that the holidays should be more about family and caring for others, not giving and receiving gifts.

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New American Dream Survey Report 2004

In a 2004 New Dream poll of 1,269 American adults, more than 4 in 5 respondents say that our society’s priorities are “out of whack,” with an overwhelming majority agreeing that as a society we are too focused on working and making money and not enough on family and community.

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