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Frugal Habits Are Healthy! November 27, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Sustainable Living.
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220px-Pig_roastbeefAs a response to the economic slow-down, many middle class families have adopted frugal behaviors that are making them healthier.

Families have cut expenses by:

* Cooking at home more often (45%)

* Buying less junk food (30%)

* Walking or biking to work (13%)

* Reducing alcohol consumption (10%)

* Bringing lunch to work instead of eating out.

And, while whittling their waistlines, they’re padding their wallets!

Small changes today.  BIG bucks tomorrow:

If you save an average of $10 a day by adopting more frugal healthy living habits, you’ll save $70 a week and $3,640 a year!

Go to Feed The Pig for free savings tips!

Warmth In A Winter Wonderland November 27, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Nature.
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IMGP2252bThe winter months are no holiday for local wildlife. Abundant food, unfrozen water and a toasty home can be hard for birds and other wildlife to come by.

You can help them survive this season!

Providing for wildlife in the winter is easier than you think. Here are a few tips to get you started:

1.  Provide winter fuel for wildlife with native plants that offer nuts, berries and seeds or offer a feeder.

2.  Anchor your old holiday tree in a secluded part of your yard for wildlife to use as shelter from harsh weather.

3.  Start a compost pile of needles, pine cones and wreaths made from natural material from your holiday decorations to provide additional cover for wildlife.

4.  Clean and fill your bird bath on a regular basis. If you live in an area where temperatures freeze water, use a bird bath heater as a simple way to keep water accessible.

5.  Create a cozy winter home for birds. Clean out your spring nest boxes or provide a warm winter roosting box.

Roosting birds prefer winter homes placed up high ~ about 10 feet or more.

For more tips on offering Food and Warmth to Wildlife this Winter, visit National Wildlife Federation.