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I think it's pretty safe to say that in these difficult economic times, we're all looking for ways to save a bit of money. Thankfully, this doesn't mean completely changing your lifestyle. Some of our favorite 'green' blogs offer up some very do-able, unique solutions for conserving cash. Check out some of our favorite creative solutions:
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Convince your boss to let you work four (slightly longer) days a week
Working four ten-hour days instead of five eight-hour days is not only a great way to have a longer weekend, but it'll save you some cash, too. You'll save 20% on whatever you spend for commuting, coffee, lunch, and any other daily expenses you incur by dragging yourself to the office. Let's say you do it on the cheap, and don't drive yourself, pay for parking, or spend more than a few bucks on lunch. Even if you spend $2 on the bus or public transit, $2 for a coffee and $6 for lunch, you can easily save several hundred bucks by working four days a week. Get the nitty-gritty in our guide for How to Go Green: Commuting.
Alternately, you can telecommute on the fifth day of the week; it'll cost a bit more in energy and food expenses, but it'll still save money in the long haul.
Annual savings: $500+ for a four-day workweek (that's $10 per day, one day a week, for 50 weeks a year -- you get two for vacation, right?); slightly less for telecommuters.
Visit Your Local Library
Instead of buying small mountains of books, CDs, DVDs and even magazines that you barely use, check materials out of your neighborhood library, or relax inside the quiet halls and browse on site. Over time, you can save a nice pile of cash.
Build a Clothesline
For under $100, you can build a clothesline in your yard to save on your electricity bill. Ours was more like $5 for the cost of the hooks and ropes, it just depends on how do-it-yourself and makeshift you want it to be. Here is a good tutorial for how to put up a clothesline.
What are your green tips for weathering the economic storm?