trash http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4204/all en-US 6 Weird Things to Sell on eBay for Extra Cash http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/child_playing_000044876558.jpg" alt="Child playing with common household item that you can sell on eBay " title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It seems that nothing is too head-scratchingly weird to be placed up <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-secrets-to-scoring-the-best-price-when-buying-on-ebay">for sale on eBay</a>. But what if I told you that you could earn some extra cash on eBay by selling common household items that most of us toss without a second thought?</p> <p>This is definitely an example of one person's trash being another's treasure. Selling what is typically considered garbage can net you a few hundred dollars a year from eBay and have you rethinking what you throw away. Did you know that you could make money selling:</p> <h2>1. Paper Towel and Toilet Tissue Cardboard Tubes</h2> <p>I know, right? Who would have thought that people would pay money for the cardboard tubes of spent tissue? The people who are selling them on eBay and making money, that's who! It seems that these recyclable goodies are popular for arts and crafts projects.</p> <p>To cash in you'll need to stock up before you sell, saving at least 35 empty tubes. So grab a bag, toss in those tubes, and let them add up. Depending on the size of your family and how quickly you go through rolls will determine how often you can sell on eBay. It's not uncommon for<a href="http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&amp;_sacat=0&amp;_nkw=paper+towel+cardboard&amp;LH_Complete=1&amp;LH_Sold=1&amp;rt=nc"> empty cardboard tubes</a> to sell for $10, $20 or $30. That's pretty good for something that is literally tossed in the recycling bin.</p> <h2>2. Empty Egg Cartons</h2> <p>To think I felt good about myself because I made a point of placing my empty egg cartons in the correct recycling bin for trash pickup. Who knew I could give them new life and bring people joy (and earn some extra cash) by selling them on eBay?</p> <p>Like the cardboard tubes above, egg cartons seem to be wanted by the arts and crafts crowd. It's not uncommon for a stack of<a href="http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&amp;_sacat=0&amp;_nkw=egg+carton&amp;LH_Complete=1&amp;LH_Sold=1&amp;rt=nc"> empty egg cartons</a> to sell for $10 to $20, and it doesn't seem to matter if they are cardboard or foam. They are easily stackable and won't take up much space while you collect enough to sell. By saving my cartons (and taking my parents' empties), I should be able to sell a few stacks a year.</p> <h2>3. Coupons</h2> <p>How would you like to make $5 to $10 for selling one coupon? Sounds crazy, right? But there's a market for these recyclable bits. Some coupons seem to sell at a premium. For instance, a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&amp;_sacat=0&amp;_nkw=pottery+barn+coupon&amp;LH_Complete=1&amp;LH_Sold=1&amp;rt=nc">15% coupon from Pottery Barn</a>, or other high end stores, regularly sells for $9.99, and a $25 coupon sells for $14.99. Coupons for many other retailers like Macy's, Target, Home Depot, and more sell well too. The beauty of this is all you have to do is wait for them to show up in the mail and sell what you're not using. Doing this once a month could probably net you an additional $50&ndash;$75 a year.</p> <h2>4. Magazines</h2> <p>After being convinced that I needed to part with some of my beloved magazines, I jokingly implored my husband to check on eBay to see if anyone would buy them. I was surprised to find out that I could make money selling my old issues, and I started cleaning house!</p> <p>Which magazines sell? The specific magazines and the prices they will sell for vary. For instance, one back issue of Everyday with Rachael Ray sold for $5, while a group of 11 magazines from 2008 to 2011 sold for $19.99. We're not talking rare or vintage stuff here, just regular issues that people are selling after reading them. Spend a few minutes on eBay looking up your magazines and you could be ready to sell and make some money too!</p> <h2>5. Old Computer Software</h2> <p>If you have software for computers you replaced years ago, you may be able to sell them for extra cash on eBay. That's exactly what I did when I discovered a bunch of old software in my junk storage drawer. Think no one is interested in your <a href="http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&amp;_sacat=0&amp;_nkw=microsoft+office+2003&amp;LH_Complete=1&amp;LH_Sold=1&amp;rt=nc">2003 Microsoft Word software</a>? Think again. That'll sell for $15 to $30 on eBay. And that's just one example. The amount of software out there is vast, so it's impossible to provide a lot of specifics for what will sell. However, it doesn't take long to check. Seriously, it's a potential gold mine. Pull out those old disks and check away.</p> <h2>6. Empty Makeup Containers</h2> <p>Specifically, the empty makeup containers of a specific high end brand, M.A.C., are in high demand. They are popular because of the retailer's &quot;Back to M.A.C.&quot; rewards program where customers can exchange six empty M.A.C. makeup containers for a free lipstick. At $16 a pop, people are looking for ways to get their pricey lipstick for less. <a href="http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40%7CR40%7CR40%7CR40%7CR40%7CR40%7CR40%7CR40&amp;_sacat=0&amp;_nkw=MAC+makeup+container&amp;LH_Complete=1&amp;LH_Sold=1&amp;rt=nc">Empty M.A.C. containers</a> sell anywhere from $5 to $40 depending on the number for sale and the cost of shipping. If you use this brand, it's an opportunity to score some extra cash. If you're looking for a way to get your M.A.C. for less, well, here it is.</p> <p>So there you have it, six examples of common household trash items that can be sold on eBay for a few hundred dollars per year. I'll be looking for others because I'm sure there are more. That's my type of recycling.</p> <p><em>What crazy items do YOU sell on eBay?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kim-owens">Kim Owens</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-making-activities-you-can-do-today">5 Money Making Activities You Can Do Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash">How to Sell Your Hair for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-money-recycling">Make Money Recycling: Get Paid to Recycle by 15 Websites</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-old-stuff-on-facebook">How to Sell Your Old Stuff on Facebook</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income eBay junk recycling selling trash Wed, 13 May 2015 17:00:12 +0000 Kim Owens 1416919 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Things You Won't Ever Use Again and Should Throw Out Today http://www.wisebread.com/12-things-you-wont-ever-use-again-and-should-throw-out-today <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-things-you-wont-ever-use-again-and-should-throw-out-today" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/recycle-computer-86512732-small.jpg" alt="recycle computer" title="recycle computer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I'm a frugal person. I also love to upcycle. So how should you handle items in your home that you aren't using now, but are worried may come in handy someday? While it's a good idea to make a personal assessment of most every item in your home, there are some items you shouldn't waste your time considering. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-useful-items-you-should-never-throw-out?ref=seealso">10 Useful Items You Should Never Throw Out</a>)</p> <p>Here is a list of 12 old things you can safely part with, minus the regret.</p> <h2>1. Outdated Clothing</h2> <p>Imagine my surprise when I saw some very 80's looking shirts hanging up at a local Target store; they brought me back to a time when I wore very similar items! The fact that clothing goes in cycles is not reason enough to keep them around, however. In addition to the fit being an issue (can you really wear the same clothes you did 30 years ago? Should you?), there are modern details that most vintage-inspired pieces depend on to be trendy. Your acid wash jeans, for example, may have too much of a &quot;mom fit&quot; to qualify for cutting edge today. Donate, sell, or toss.</p> <h2>2. Cables, Cords, and Wires for Old Electronics</h2> <p>I was just as surprised as you when the government made digital TV a thing, and people started buying up rabbit ears to get their local news. This was an anomaly, however, and most of the accessories you used for your television in the 90's are seriously defunct. Toss out that RF modulator and coaxial cable adapter. Even Goodwill won't want them.</p> <h2>3. Toys That Take Specialized &quot;Cartridges&quot;</h2> <p>Brands like Leapfrog and VTech are notorious for releasing the hot new toys each holiday, complete with a line of games and upgrades that only work with that year's new thing. Unless you have the complete collection with enough entertainment hours to keep someone happy for awhile, most kids don't want to try to round up the matching components for 2009's doorbuster deal.</p> <h2>4. Underwear or Lingerie That Might Fit Someday</h2> <p>Unless you recently had a baby and are certain you may squeeze back in within the next 10 months, ditch the dainties from a skinnier you and buy something that you feel comfy in. If you do, indeed, drop the pounds, you can celebrate with a nighty or briefs that reflect your new physique. Think of it as a celebration!</p> <h2>5. Old Makeup</h2> <p>Once opened, cosmetics last for less time than you think. Give it a toss if it's been longer than six months since you bought it. Sooner if it smells or is truly out of season.</p> <h2>6. Old Paint</h2> <p>It's possible to blend similar paints together for a cheap coverup for a single wall or outside shed. Most people don't aspire to do this, and if paint has been exposed to extremely hot or freezing temps, the paint won't be good anyway. Be sure to dispose of it according to the rules and regs for your area to avoid any hazardous consequences to the environment. This includes cans of spray paint and spray foam, which lose their propellant over time.</p> <h2>7. Old CRT Monitors and Televisions</h2> <p>These clunkers suck energy and take up precious desk space. Considering that a decent LED monitor can cost under $100, it's best to set these dinosaurs out on the curb.</p> <h2>8. Spices</h2> <p>Not sure when you'll ever use ground lemongrass? If you have opened spices that don't fit your cooking style, you might want to give them a sniff &mdash; and throw out the odorless ones. Dried spices that have been stored around your stove, and have been exposed to high temps, should be the first to go.</p> <h2>9. Textbooks</h2> <p>Professors can be prickly about letting college students use older editions of textbooks, especially for those which are updated often (like law books.) Skip the odds of getting misinformation &mdash; or a bad grade &mdash; and opt to borrow or rent the most revised edition.</p> <p>And if you've been keeping your college textbooks around since you graduated &mdash; why? If you haven't cracked them open again yet, you aren't going to.</p> <h2>10. Medicines</h2> <p>If your OTC meds don't have an expiration date, have been opened, and don't come with any memory of when you last used them, dispose of them responsibly. If they came with an Rx toss them as soon as your prescription expired.</p> <h2>11. Canned Goods</h2> <p>Follow the same rules for canned food as you would for meds. No date? Don't bother keeping it around.</p> <h2>12. Kitchen Appliance Piecemeal</h2> <p>That blender without a lid? Coffee machine that requires expensive pods you can't seem to find in the store anymore? Both are just taking up precious kitchen counter real estate and should be gotten rid of. If an appliance is missing vital parts, just scrap them; otherwise, your local used store can likely sell donations of a complete unit.</p> <p>Tossing stuff is hard, especially if you have fond memories of using it. If you don't remember the last time you put it to good use, or you really don't care for it much, anyway, you can add even more useless items to your &quot;toss it&quot; box!</p> <p><em>What are you keeping around that you know you should toss? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-things-you-wont-ever-use-again-and-should-throw-out-today">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-declutter-and-keep-your-stuff-too">This Is How You Declutter and Keep Your Stuff, Too</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-questions-to-ask-yourself-to-help-you-declutter">8 Questions to Ask Yourself to Help You Declutter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-things-in-your-office-you-can-throw-out-today">12 Things in Your Office You Can Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-in-your-kitchen-you-should-throw-out-today">15 Things in Your Kitchen You Should Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-in-your-basement-you-should-throw-out-today">10 Things in Your Basement You Should Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Organization clutter declutter donate trash upcycle Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:00:08 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1213030 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Ways to Cut Down on Garbage and Save Money Too! http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-cut-down-on-garbage-and-save-money-too <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-ways-to-cut-down-on-garbage-and-save-money-too" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-recycling-86514941-small_0.jpg" alt="recycling" title="recycling" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I was a child, my family saved hundreds of dollars a year by cancelling our residential trash service and hauling our own junk to the dump instead. Once a month my sister and I would load the household garbage into the pickup truck and escort our father to the town dump. We liked going to the dump. The spectacle of sanitation workers racing around the garbage pit on their bulldozers had an entertaining &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0790731932/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0790731932&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=LP65J22N7YSGYOXA">Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome</a>&quot; quality. Also, as a reward for our services, our dad would take us for breakfast at Denny's on the way home. We saved the Sanitation Department work, my parents got a break on a monthly bill, and my sister and I got Pigs in a Blanket. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/from-dumpster-diving-to-garage-sales-turning-trash-into-cash?ref=seealso">Turning Trash Into Cash</a>)</p> <h2>Opt Out of High Trash Bills?</h2> <p>Flash forward to adulthood in Los Angeles and an outrageously high trash bill. Since it took me more than a month as a single lady to fill the gigantic black trash can provided by the city, I decided to call the Department of Sanitation and cancel my trash collection. Why pay so much money for something I was barely using? I could easily dump my minimal trash output at work. The office dumpster was never full and got picked up weekly. And, even if my bosses forbade my trashy freeloading, was it really so inconvenient to bring my trash to the dump on my own every few weeks?</p> <p>As it turns out, one cannot cancel residential trash collection in LA. I get charged a sanitation fee regardless of whether my can is full or empty.</p> <p>This is infuriating and unsportsmanlike, but unfortunately not uncommon.</p> <h2>The Financial and Environmental Costs of Trash Hauling</h2> <p>While there are some civilized communities where good garbage behavior is rewarded financially, most people pay dearly for the privilege of throwing things away. Even the most thrifty do-gooders can get gouged by their garbage bills, as there are still many municipalities that don't offer recycling services or provide a way to dispose of yard waste that doesn't involve a landfill.</p> <p>However, this doesn't mean that everyone should just start throwing things away with abandon. Americans generate, on average, 4.4 pounds of garbage per person per day. This level of waste is obviously a terrible burden on the environment, and a not-so-obvious burden on everyone's bank account.</p> <p>Most people, myself included, don't immediately connect their garbage as the product of their lives. And, that product has a cost &mdash; everything that I throw in the trash is something I've paid for, with cash, with time, or with labor. Although I can't cut what I pay the city for garbage pick-up, I can cut down on the time, money, and labor I spend on my garbage product.</p> <p>Here are 11 ways I cut down on both trash and expenses.</p> <h2>1. Do a Trash Audit</h2> <p>Periodically, I will audit the contents of my garbage can. For one week I will throw all of my household waste into one garbage can. At the end of the week I dump the can out onto a tarp and take a count of what's there.</p> <p>Although this sounds crazy, doing a trash audit is really instructive in terms of figuring out where I am over-consuming (also known as &quot;wasting money&quot;).</p> <ul> <li> <p>Is there a lot of food waste? I need to alter my shopping schedule or make more time for food preservation tasks.</p> </li> <li> <p>Are there a lot of plastic toy parts? I need to buy better/fewer toys and teach the kids in my life to take better care of them.</p> </li> <li> <p>Is there a lot of food packaging? I need to source products with less packaging and be more diligent about recycling.</p> </li> </ul> <p>Just like people bust their budgets by frittering away a lot of money with tiny impulse purchases, many people generate literally a ton of trash with tiny actions.</p> <p>For example, until I really looked at my trash, I didn't realize that I was putting 5200 foil tea bag wrappers into the landfill every year. (I have since switched to loose tea in a metal tea ball). While switching tea-steeping methods doesn't save me money at the store, if more people were nit picky about their waste stream, we'd all save more money on garbage collection fees in the long run. Every year the price of trash &quot;storage&quot; goes up because dumps are filling up and the costs of opening a new landfill is high. The longer we can make due with our current dumping grounds, the better.</p> <h2>2. Use Less</h2> <p>This is where the Trash Audit really helps. What are you throwing away the most? Is it your hard earned cash? Because that's what you're dumping when you waste your purchases through lack of attention.</p> <ul> <li> <p>Buying food in bulk doesn't save any money if it goes bad before you can eat it.</p> </li> <li> <p>If you are using more than <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-secrets-to-keep-your-clothes-brighter-whiter-and-lasting-longer">two tablespoons</a> of laundry or dish-washing detergent, you are probably using too much.</p> </li> <li> <p>How many times can you wash and reuse zip-lock bags before they go kaput?</p> </li> <li> <p>Do you really need a trashcan liner or can you just hose out the bin periodically?</p> </li> </ul> <h2>3. Pay Yourself Every Time You Use a Reusable Shopping Bag</h2> <p>Last year Los Angeles became the largest city in America to ban single-use plastic grocery bags. People love to whine about the unfair 10 cent bag fee, as if getting charged for shopping bags is new at all. Grocery stores have been charging customers all along for their bags. How do I know this? In exchange for shopping with reusable bags, I've been getting a five-cent rebate per bag, at the grocery store, since moving to LA in 1988. Big grocery stores have always penalized customers for using plastic bags, they've just been less transparent about it.</p> <p>But the cost of plastic bags doesn't end when you leave the store. Californians spend 25 million dollars a year to <a href="http://www.usc.edu/org/cosee-west/Nov07Resources/Why_replace_plastic_bags.pdf">collect and landfill plastic bags</a>. Some cities pay up to 17 cents per bag for disposal. And by cities, that means you, the taxpayer.</p> <h2>4. Choose Reusable Over Disposable</h2> <p>Just like plastic bags, consumers can save their tax dollars and mind their pennies by purchasing durable goods to replace disposable ones. For example, the average American uses six paper napkins a day. If everyone used just one less paper napkin per day, we'd keep a <a href="http://www.hawaiizerowaste.org/news/14/48/Use-One-Less-Paper-Napkin/#.U3qs3lhdV7k">billion pounds</a> of napkins out of the landfill every year.</p> <p>Convenience comes with a heavy price. Disposables actually cost more per use.</p> <p>I bought 20 Italian linen napkins from Pottery Barn in 2002. Each cloth napkin was a pricey $4.00. Compared to what I would have paid for 20 napkins at a thrift store, $80.00 seems like a crazy amount to spend on table linens. However, 12 years later, I still have 10 of those napkins in daily rotation. In addition to keeping 26,400 paper napkins out of the landfill, I've also saved, according to analysis by the Ocean Conservancy, somewhere between $645.00 and $5271.00 that I <a href="http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2012/08/31/five-reasons-to-use-cloth-napkins-over-paper/">would have spent on paper napkins</a> in that same period. And that's a conservative estimate!</p> <h2>5. Compost Compost Compost!</h2> <p>I am a ninja composter.</p> <p>In addition to yard and kitchen waste, I also compost newsprint, dirty cardboard food containers, and fabrics made from natural fibers. When clothes moths decided to use my angora sweater as their headquarters for wardrobe destruction, I dumped the sweater into the compost bin, not the garbage. It was so satisfying to smother those evil bugs under coffee grounds and melon rinds.</p> <p>Compost is a cheap and easy soil amendment that anyone can make. It simultaneously fertilizes your garden <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Business/video?id=8848605">for free</a> and keeps waste out of the landfill.</p> <p>If Americans composted their food waste instead of putting it into the landfills, the yearly <a href="http://www.greenwaste.com/recycling-stats">reduction of greenhouse gases</a> produced would be equal to taking two million cars off the road. What's a bigger time waster: composting or global warming?</p> <h2>6. Bring Your Own Container Instead of Taking a Doggie Bag</h2> <p>Styrofoam is toxic to produce and doesn't break down in the landfill. Instead of bringing home all that dirty packaging, I bring my own Tupperware containers to restaurants to use, not just for leftovers, but for take out as well.</p> <p>While this habit is mortifying to my friends, in the 10 years I've been doing this, I've never had a restaurant refuse me. In fact, I've only gotten positive feedback from restaurant owners, some of whom have rewarded me with extra food. Every Friday my husband and I get take out from our local Indian restaurant. We got a terrible shock the one time that we forgot to bring our own plasticware and used the restaurant's take out containers instead: We came home with 30% less food! Although our Tupperware containers clearly state the volume on the bottom of each piece, the restaurant just fills everything to the brim.</p> <p>If you pack a lunch, invest in a lunch box instead of using a paper sack. Teach your kids to bring home their reusable lunch supplies. In addition to honing their organizational skills, something that will help them their entire lives, this <a href="http://www.wastefreelunches.org/what-is-a-waste-free-lunch-program.html#waste-free-lunch-cost">good habit will save $246.60</a> per school year per kid. Imagine how much money you'd save as an adult by switching to sustainable lunch packing!</p> <h2>7. Avoid Over-Packaged Goods</h2> <p>Even if packaging can be recycled, recycling costs both money and resources. It's far better for the planet and your wallet to avoid excess packaging to begin with. For example, buy one big container, instead a bunch of smaller containers. Most stores charge less for bulk purchases, and the reduction of packaging weight will save you on online shipping costs.</p> <p>Buy dry goods like grains and pasta in bulk. The closest bulk bin section to me is at the notoriously expensive Whole Foods. That said, organic bulk oatmeal at Whole Foods is still cheaper than the non-organic, generic brand at my regular grocery store. It pays to comparison shop!</p> <p>Only purchase products that can be recycled locally. Check with your municipal recycling center about what they accept.</p> <h2>8. Recycle Recycle Recycle!</h2> <p>Even though every recycling program I know of accepts glass, Americans still throw away 9 million tons of glass every year.</p> <p>Over one ton of natural resources are conserved for every ton of glass recycled. Recycled glass melts at a lower temperature than raw materials, so manufacturing recycled glass bottles emits less greenhouse gases.</p> <p>Recycling glass is clearly the right choice for the planet, but why do so many people refuse to do it for personal finance reasons? <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/from-dumpster-diving-to-garage-sales-turning-trash-into-cash">In 2012 I made $120.00</a> just by recycling the glass bottles of my wino neighbors.</p> <p>Even if you don't have recycling in your area, consider reusing glass jars. Use jars instead of plastic drinking cups at your next party. If you eat a lot of tomato sauce, team up with someone in your community who is a canner and who will reuse your pint jars over and over.</p> <h2>9. Cancel the Junk Mail</h2> <p>Sale circulars and solicitation letters are mailed out to entice customers to spend money. For me, junk mail is annoying. It's an extra chore that some stranger has added to my day. Even if separating out the junk mail from actual mail takes five minutes a week, that still adds up to over four hours of wasted time per year that I could have spent doing something that I enjoy.</p> <p>Junk mail is also taxing on the environment because it takes resources to print and mail all those unwanted letters and catalogs.</p> <p>To stop junk mail, register your name and address with the <a href="http://www.dmachoice.org">Direct Marketing Association</a>. If you register online, they will wave the $1.00 processing fee they charge check writers. DMA Choice divides junk mail into four categories: Credit Offers, Catalogs, Magazines (this includes newsletters and subscription offers), and Other Mail Offers (including donation requests, bank offers, and retail promotions). You can request to stop mail from individual companies or from an entire category.</p> <h2>10. Share the Surplus With Your Neighbors</h2> <p>Why throw away leftovers when you can use them as bait to lure your neighbors into your frugal network? If you have extra anything, offer it to those who live close by. Sharing is one of the easiest ways to build community and save money. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-build-a-frugal-community-and-how-to-do-it?ref=seealso">Why You Should Build a Frugal Community &mdash; And How</a>)</p> <p>In exchange for homemade jam and honey, my neighbors give me free eggs, orchids, backyard fruit, house sitting, manual labor, rides to the airport, and friendship.</p> <h2>11. Sell, Donate, or Curb Away Unwanted Items</h2> <p>I am always surprised by what people buy first at my garage sales. It's always the stuff I think is junk. Search on Craigslist and eBay to see if your trash is actually treasure.</p> <p>Generally, I only donate items that are in extremely good condition, because I only buy items from charity shops that are in extremely good condition, and most stores can only sell items that are in extremely good condition. Even with my picky donation standards, I still get a nice tax write-off every year.</p> <p>Anything I think is useful but not sellable, I put out on the curb the day before trash day. This includes worn clothes, partially used office supplies, random storage containers, and furniture I'm too lazy to repair. Most items I curb are gone within an hour.</p> <h2>12. Buy Used</h2> <p>Buying used is a direct form of recycling. It keeps things out of the landfill, and it uses far fewer virgin resources.</p> <p>Making every effort to only buy used goods has saved me thousands of dollars over the last seven years. Unless something is highly collectible, most used goods cost considerably less than their new counterparts. And even when they don't, a lot of used goods are considerably better made than newer models. Thrift stores of full of old things that were built to last. The new J. Crew T-shirt I bought last August developed holes after just 10 wearings, but the J. Crew T-shirt I bought in 1988 has lasted through at least 1000 washings.</p> <p><em>What do you do to generate less garbage? If you have incentives in your area that help you save money on your trash bill, please help your fellow Wise Bread readers conserve cash and resources by sharing in the comments section.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-cut-down-on-garbage-and-save-money-too">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-saved-30000-and-helped-the-earth-at-the-same-time">How I Saved $30,000 and Helped the Earth at the Same Time</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-diy-magazines-can-help-you-be-self-reliant">These DIY Magazines Can Help You Be Self-Reliant</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dumpster-diving-101-6-strategies-for-success">Dumpster-Diving 101: 6 Strategies for Success</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eco-capitalism-how-to-make-money-from-garbage">Eco-Capitalism - How to make money from garbage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-recycling-is-my-lowest-priority">Why Recycling Is My Lowest Priority</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living Lifestyle Shopping recycling trash trash fees Thu, 29 May 2014 08:24:18 +0000 Max Wong 1140924 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: How Do You Get Rid of Your Unwanted Stuff? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/6474737849_27a0207f89_z-1.jpg" alt="How Do You Get Rid of Your Unwanted Stuff?" title="How Do You Get Rid of Your Unwanted Stuff?" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff#comment-540333"><em>Autumn</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff#comment-540448"><em>kristina</em></a><em>, and </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff#comment-540047"><em>Tom</em></a><em> for winning this week's contest!&nbsp;</em></p> <p>Everyone has items in their house or in storage that they don't need or want anymore. Whether it's an old TV that never gets used or items of clothing your kids outgrew, odds are you've either sold, donated, or thrown away things you no longer use or just don't need. Some people take the time to sell stuff on Craigslist or have a yard sale while others either donate or throw away their unwanted stuff.</p> <p><b>How do you get rid of your unwanted stuff?</b><span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;Do you sell it on Craigslist? Have a garage sale? Donate it? Or do you just throw it out?</span></p> <p>Tell us how you get rid of your unwanted stuff and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; one for random comments, one for random Facebook &quot;Likes&quot;, and another one for random tweets.</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:&nbsp;</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries (1 per action):</h3> <ul> <li>Go to our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wise-Bread/26830741467?ref=ts">Facebook page</a>, &quot;Like&quot; us, and leave a comment on this article telling us you did, or</li> <li><a href="http://www.twitter.com/">Tweet</a> your answer. You have to be a follower of our <a href="http://twitter.com/wisebread">@wisebread account</a>. Include both &quot;@wisebread&quot; and &quot;#WBAsk&quot; in your tweet so we'll see it and count it. Leave a link to your tweet (click the timestamp for the individual URL) in a separate comment.</li> </ul> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, July 23rd at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after July 23rd on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us how you get rid of your unwanted stuff and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash">6 Weird Things to Sell on eBay for Extra Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-your-junk">How to Get Rid of Your Junk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-give-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: How Do You Give? (Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash">How to Sell Your Hair for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers craigslist donations eBay selling trash yard sale Tue, 17 Jul 2012 10:36:08 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 941366 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Tips to Cut Moving Expenses http://www.wisebread.com/5-tips-to-cut-moving-expenses <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-tips-to-cut-moving-expenses" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/moving.jpg" alt="Moving Truck" title="Moving Truck" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="240" height="180" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Moving is an expensive proposition, but there are ways to cut costs, especially if you have a little insight into how the process works. In high school, I worked for a moving company, and I picked up a few tricks:</p> <p>(See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-unexpected-moving-expenses">5 Unexpected Moving Expenses</a>.)</p> <h3>1. Get the Little Stuff Out of the Way</h3> <p>Moving boxes, clothes, and the little stuff that makes up most homes is never a big deal. If you have to, you can make a couple of trips with a small car and get a surprising amount dealt with. But the big stuff can present a problem. Rather than hiring a moving company for the little stuff, take care of that yourself and just bring in help for those items that might hurt you if you move them yourself.</p> <h3>2. Don't Move Trash</h3> <p>One of the things that consistently surprised me about the people we moved was how many people had full trash cans that we just moved. When you add on the fact that most people don't sort before they pack, a lot of people pay to move things they don't even want. Clear out your trash ahead of time.</p> <h3>3. Use Linens for Packing</h3> <p>The price of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/seven-ways-to-get-free-shipping-supplies">packing materials</a> adds up pretty quickly. You can use towels and other household linens (along with clothing, if necessary) to pack fragile items. You'll cut down on the total number of boxes you need as well. Assuming you're packing clean dishes and the like, you won't even need to run a load of laundry afterward.</p> <h3>4. Consider Not Moving Items</h3> <p>Especially on moves out of the city, it can cost more to move something than to buy it new in your destination. The smaller the amount of belongings you have to move, the cheaper the overall process.</p> <h3>5. Keep Basic Household Goods Out of the General Packing</h3> <p>An unexpected moving cost is needing to run out and buy plates or towels your first night in your new home because you can't find those that you packed. By having a few items in reserve that you move personally, you can avoid that cost entirely.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-bram">Thursday Bram</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-tips-to-cut-moving-expenses">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-things-you-wont-ever-use-again-and-should-throw-out-today">12 Things You Won&#039;t Ever Use Again and Should Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-downsize-and-declutter">How to Downsize and Declutter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-awesome-storage-solutions-for-under-10">15 Awesome Storage Solutions for Under $10</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-abc-s-of-diy-moving">The ABC’s of DIY Moving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-unusual-ways-to-sell-your-stuff">11 Unusual Ways to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Organization moving packing tips trash Thu, 30 Dec 2010 14:00:09 +0000 Thursday Bram 406299 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways to Get Junk Gone http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-get-junk-gone <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-to-get-junk-gone" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2948074443_8ab866c301.jpg" alt="Mechanical Junk" title="Junk" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="169" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The beginning of the new year always seems like a good time to get rid of things that you've been meaning to. But sometimes, the reason you haven't gotten rid of a particular piece of junk that is cluttering up your home isn't because you want to hold on to it &mdash; or even that it's useful in any way. Sometimes it can just seem entirely impossible to get rid of a particular item. </p> <p>I've used Freecycle, Craigslist and even just talking to friends to get rid of plenty of things that I didn't necessarily want but still could be used by someone else in the past. But as great as those methods are, there are still some things that they just can't move. I've had stacks of old magazines that no one wants, pieces of scrap metal that simply can't find a good home and rags that just aren't needed. But I don't want to just toss these items in the trashcan: they may be junk, but they may still be useful.</p> <p><strong>1.&nbsp; Schools</strong></p> <p>While no one wants to drop off junk at the local school, they may not see some of the stuff you want to get rid of as junk. A big pile of magazines, for instance, can be extremely useful for a teacher wanting to do collage projects. I've found it easiest to just check individually with teachers on whether or not they have a use for anything in particular.</p> <p><strong>2.&nbsp; Animal Shelters</strong></p> <p>All those towels and sheets that are too torn up for anyone to want? Well, your local animal shelter may have a use for them. Animal shelters routinely have a need for rags, as well as other items that you might otherwise throw away.</p> <p><strong>3.&nbsp; Salvage Yards</strong></p> <p>Just about anything that can be stripped off a car or a building may be able to find a home with a local salvage yard. In many cases, it just has to be in repairable condition &mdash; working order is not necessary. In some cases, you may even get money for the items you drop off.</p> <p><strong>4.&nbsp; Artists</strong></p> <p>Many artists, especially those working on sculpture, use a variety of items that other people would consider junk. It's very important to talk to the artist you have in mind before just dropping off a piece of junk, though. The number of crafters and hackers willing to repurpose items is also on the rise.</p> <p><strong>5.&nbsp; Recycling Centers</strong></p> <p>Just because something is junk in its current form doesn't mean that it can't be recycled. Many recycling centers will take items that you can't put in your recycling bin, as long as you bring them in. Most have websites now listing what they'll take &mdash; mine accepts a variety of items including vinyl siding, batteries and computer parts. In most cases, if it's metal, they'll also take it.</p> <p>If, in the end, you still find that you have a piece of junk that absolutely no one wants, there are some options to disposing of it. Depending on your local waste disposal company's policies, you may or may not be able to add things to your regular pick up. For bigger items, taking them to the local dump yourself may be more cost effective &mdash; landfills and dumps typically charge by the truck load to drop off junk. There are also a variety of services that will come and remove junk, offering an easy solution for anyone without access to a truck.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-bram">Thursday Bram</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-get-junk-gone">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-new-things-you-can-make-with-old-denim-jeans">20 New Things You Can Make With Old Denim Jeans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash">6 Weird Things to Sell on eBay for Extra Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-your-junk">How to Get Rid of Your Junk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-common-kitchen-cast-offs-you-can-repurpose-into-cool-new-things">15 Common Kitchen Cast-Offs You Can Repurpose Into Cool New Things</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-cut-down-on-garbage-and-save-money-too">12 Ways to Cut Down on Garbage and Save Money Too!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle declutter junk recycle repurpose trash Fri, 01 Jan 2010 05:18:16 +0000 Thursday Bram 4395 at http://www.wisebread.com Eco-Capitalism - How to make money from garbage http://www.wisebread.com/eco-capitalism-how-to-make-money-from-garbage <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/eco-capitalism-how-to-make-money-from-garbage" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/garbage_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="333" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most of us probably have sold a few bottles and cans and got a couple dollars, but could you believe that some people have made millions or even billions of dollars from trash? Here are some stories of these innovative and garbage loving entrepreneurs.</p> <p><strong>Alchemy Goods </strong>- Eli Reich is the founder of this Seattle business where old bicycle innertubes are stitched together into messenger bags. According to BusinessWeek, he made his first bike inner tube bag after his messenger bag was stolen. The mechanical engineer soon received requests for his sturdy innertube bag and launched Alchemy Goods. Now he has a few employees and a <a href="http://alchemygoods.com/bags.html">whole line of products</a> made out of old innertubes, seatbelts, and outdoor ad banners. </p> <p><strong>TerraCycle</strong> - I read about the <a href="http://www.inc.com/magazine/20060701/coolest-startup.html">story of Tom Szaky and Jon Beyer</a> a few years ago and it was hard to forget. These two young men built a <a href="http://www.terracycle.net/">multi-million dollar company</a> out of garbage through a lot of hard work and crazy experiments with barf inducing worms and solid waste. Their main product is a plant food made out of earthworm poop packaged in used soda bottles collected by kids all over North America. Their website still lists their main product as &quot;worm poop fertilizer&quot; and states that &quot;TerraCycle Plant Food is the first mass-produced consumer product to have a negative environmental footprint&quot;.</p> <p> <strong>Energy from garbage </strong> - Turning garbage into energy is not a new concept. Hundreds of garbage dumps across the country already capture the natural methane gas generated by the mountainous piles of solid waste. The City of San Francisco actually has a program that <a href="http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/osw/conserve/2006news/06-dog.htm">collects dog poop</a> and turns it into energy through a anaerobic digester. Some cities sell the methane gas they produce from their garbage to energy companies and some others use the energy to power buildings, and many private companies are getting in on the garbage energy business. One company named Solena Group actually plans to build a plant in Gilroy, California to <a href="http://www.eponline.com/articles/60091/">produce jet fuel from garbage</a> . </p> <p><strong>Nine Dragons Paper </strong>- You probably have never heard of Zhang Yin, but this <a href="http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/01/15/business/trash.php">Queen of Trash</a> from China is probably richer than every other woman in the world. She has a personal wealth of more than $1.5 billion and she got it all through recycling and manufacturing paper. She moved to America from Hong Kong in the 1990s and she remembered that China does not have many trees for manufacturing paper. So she scoured the garbage dumps of America with her husband and exported all of the paper she could get to China. Eventually her company Nine Dragons Paper made deals with American scrap yards and shipped huge amounts of paper back to China. Her company went public in 2006 and it is still growing because China has a insatiable demand for paper products.</p> <p> The bottom line is that garbage is big business and some people are <a href="http://www.chiefengineer.org/content/content_display.cfm/seqnumber_content/3479.htm">even risking fines and jailtime to collect it</a> . Besides these examples in this article, there are thousands of companies and people around the world that deal with the processing, disposal, and transportation of garbage. Even so, the EPA <a href="http://www.epa.gov/garbage/recycle.htm">estimates that only 32%</a> of the United States' solid waste is recycled. Could there be a business opportunity for you in the millions of tons of trash we throw away every year?</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/xin-lu">Xin Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eco-capitalism-how-to-make-money-from-garbage">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/have-you-ever-seen-such-amazing-junk">Have you ever seen such amazing junk?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/theyre-turning-paris-hiltons-trash-into-cash">They&#039;re turning Paris Hilton&#039;s trash into cash.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-money-recycling">Make Money Recycling: Get Paid to Recycle by 15 Websites</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-tax-deductions-for-bloggers-and-freelancers">101 Tax deductions for bloggers and freelancers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-cut-down-on-garbage-and-save-money-too">12 Ways to Cut Down on Garbage and Save Money Too!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entrepreneurship Green Living business garbage green money recycling trash Thu, 28 Aug 2008 23:54:39 +0000 Xin Lu 2379 at http://www.wisebread.com Have you ever seen such amazing junk? http://www.wisebread.com/have-you-ever-seen-such-amazing-junk <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/have-you-ever-seen-such-amazing-junk" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Picture 3.png" alt="Bird" title="Bird" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="211" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My recent post about reusing old plastic bottles inspired me to look around at other ways to use, well, garbage. And I found a site that really made me think twice about the contents of my own garbage can.</p> <p>This Australian site, called the <a href="http://www.hweg.com.au/">Hunter Waste Education Group</a> , has been enouraging people to make art from garbage since the year 2000. And the results are simply astonishing in some cases, with submissions from adults and schoolchildren alike.</p> <p>When you visit the site, go straight to the gallery <a href="http://www.hweg.com.au/gallery.htm">here</a> . The art is collected into submission years and runs the gamet. Everything from junk metal, used board games and scrap wood, to plastic bottles, beer caps and old tires are transformed from the ordinary to the simply extraordinary. A selection of my favorites are below...</p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_1_5.png" alt="tire car" title="tire car" width="500" height="422" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_4_3.png" alt="hair dog" title="hair dog" width="289" height="500" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_5_1.png" alt="bottle lamp" title="bottle lamp" width="272" height="500" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_6_1.png" alt="Metal crab" title="metal crab" width="500" height="419" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_7_0.png" alt="Can head" title="Can head" width="281" height="500" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_8.png" alt="used games" title="used games" width="288" height="500" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_9.png" alt="cap dog" title="cap dog" width="500" height="413" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_10.png" alt="slide frame" title="slide frame" width="500" height="406" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_11.png" alt="plastic book" title="plastic book" width="500" height="423" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_12.png" alt="cap turtle" title="cap turtle" width="500" height="424" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_13.png" alt="bag chair" title="bag chair" width="500" height="423" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_14.png" alt="PCB lamp" title="PCB lamp" width="237" height="500" /> </p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_15.png" alt="Disc sculpture" title="Disc Sculpture" width="500" height="427" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_16.png" alt="CD tower" title="CD tower" width="278" height="500" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_17.png" alt="x-ray bag" title="x-ray bag" width="291" height="500" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_18.png" alt="football boots" title="football boots" width="500" height="390" /></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_19.png" alt="jean chair" title="jean chair" width="500" height="442" /></p> <p>Those are just a handful of the submissions on the site. There are over 200 in the gallery and each one is unique and wonderful. If you have 10 minutes to spare, <a href="http://www.hweg.com.au/gallery.htm">check them all out</a> .</p> <p>Now, in this day and age of iPods and MySpace, personalization and individuality has become an important part of our culture. We&#39;re all looking for ways to differentiate ourselves, and accessorize accordingly. Here&#39;s a way to add something unique and interesting to your home or office environment made simply from the stuff you throw out daily. Some are complex, some are simplistic. With a tube of glue and a few dozen of those AOL CDs, you could make a Stairway To Heaven style tower. It doesn&#39;t take any real effort to keep all you old, used plastic bags stuffed inside a bean bag chair. And the board-game work of art could be thrown together in a few hours and make a stunning feature on any wall.</p> <p>There&#39;s a Jack Johnson song on the Curious George soundtrack that says &quot;Reduce, Re-use, Recycle&quot; and I think that&#39;s good advice for all of us. From simple plastic milk bottles to old plastic shopping bags, think twice before you throw them out. Maybe you can make something from them, and if they&#39;re good enough for you then they could certainly be good enough to sell. One man&#39;s trash is absolutely another man&#39;s treasure in this case. </p> <p>Put your creative thinking caps on and get to work. And if you do something cool, why not share it with all of us? Have an inspired and &quot;green&quot; day.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/have-you-ever-seen-such-amazing-junk">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eco-capitalism-how-to-make-money-from-garbage">Eco-Capitalism - How to make money from garbage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-the-courtesy-flush-dead">Is the courtesy flush dead?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-cut-down-on-garbage-and-save-money-too">12 Ways to Cut Down on Garbage and Save Money Too!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/search-online-for-a-fix-before-you-toss-that-broken-gadget">Search Online for a Fix before You Toss that Broken Gadget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-diy-magazines-can-help-you-be-self-reliant">These DIY Magazines Can Help You Be Self-Reliant</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Green Living art Art and Leisure DIY garbage green recycling trash Fri, 02 May 2008 17:11:41 +0000 Paul Michael 2057 at http://www.wisebread.com They're turning Paris Hilton's trash into cash. http://www.wisebread.com/theyre-turning-paris-hiltons-trash-into-cash <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/theyre-turning-paris-hiltons-trash-into-cash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Picture_1_2.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="110" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There's a new website in town folks, and this one is literally scraping the bottom of the barrel. <a href="http://hollywoodstartrash.com/list.html">HollywoodStarTrash.com</a> has hit upon an idea that turns dumpster diving into something quite, well, distasteful. They rummage through the garbage cans of Hollywood biggest stars and sell what they find. And as always, the infamous Paris Hilton tops the list of star junk.</p> <p><strong>What's on sale, I hear you ask? The list is quite disturbing. </strong></p> <p>For $50 (starting price) you can get yourself this used Paris Hilton deodorant. Mmmm.</p> <p><img height="297" width="239" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/item023.jpg" alt="Deo" title="Deo" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For $100 (starting price) you can buy some used Paris Hilton envelopes. Great deal.</p> <p><img height="295" width="238" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/item016.jpg" alt="Envelopes" title="Envelopes" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For the same $100 (starting price) you could treat yourself to some grubby make-up puffs.</p> <p><img height="307" width="247" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/item030.jpg" alt="puffs" title="puffs" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>And for a whopping $250 (starting price) how about Paris Hilton's drug prescription? Yes, they're serious.</p> <p><img height="339" width="273" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/item002.jpg" alt="Prescription" title="Prescription" /></p> <p><strong>SO, is all this just harmless profit? </strong><br /> Personally, I don't think so. Believe me, I have no love for Paris Hilton. I think certain celebrities are asking for a little punishment based on the the way they behave, and Hilton is the classic example of the 'media whore.' But to encourage digging through garbage for a soiled make-up puff or old prescription is just a sad indication of the times we live in.</p> <p>Are we so desperate for fame and celebrity that we'll do anything to get close to it? Even if that means buying trash? Well, the website lists many of the items it has already sold, including empty coke cans and used q-tips. If there's an audience, our Internet culture will guarantee a supplier.</p> <p>So I throw this out to you, the Wisebread readers. Would you buy trash from your favorite celebrity, or do you think it's just trash? I know one thing for sure. I wouldn't.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/theyre-turning-paris-hiltons-trash-into-cash">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eco-capitalism-how-to-make-money-from-garbage">Eco-Capitalism - How to make money from garbage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hoopde-for-sale-starting-price-500-winning-bid-226521">Hoopde for sale. Starting price - $500. Winning bid - $226,521.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-a-teenager-started-a-multi-million-dollar-online-business-with-a-parrot">How a Teenager Started A Multi-Million Dollar Online Business with a Parrot. UPDATED</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-launder-money">How to Launder Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-tax-deductions-for-bloggers-and-freelancers">101 Tax deductions for bloggers and freelancers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks auction business celebrity garbage money money for nothing trash website Wed, 18 Jul 2007 17:59:26 +0000 Paul Michael 859 at http://www.wisebread.com Cool & funky things I found FREE on Craigslist http://www.wisebread.com/cool-funky-things-i-found-free-on-craigslist <p> <img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/bike.jpg" alt="bike sign" title="bike sign" width="240" height="180" /></p> <p>It&#39;s amazing what people will throw away these days. Or give away. And that&#39;s why I&#39;m a huge fan of <a href="http://denver.craigslist.org/about/cities.html">Craigslist</a> . </p> <p>Not only is a great place to sell all that stuff you thought no-one would buy, it&#39;s also an ideal way to get your hands on some great things for almost nothing. Or even better, actually nothing!</p> <p>Here are a few of the items I found for FREE on my local Craigslist. The free button is located in the For Sale section of the Craigslist site. If you don&#39;t find at least a few things on there that you could find useful, I&#39;ll eat my hat (but not to worry, I&#39;ll find a free one on Craigslist anyway).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>A COOL VINTAGE TURNTABLE &amp; CABINET</strong><br />Free of charge. I just have to go pick it up. They&#39;re trying to replicate these things for hundreds of dollars these days. And someone is just giving this one away. Ha!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/cab2.jpg" alt="free cabinet" title="free cabinet" width="300" height="225" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>A MICROWAVE STRAIGHT OUT OF THE BRADY BUNCH ERA</strong><br />You just can&#39;t beat vintage stuff. I love it. And this one still works. I love the old wood and black plastic. Classic!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/microwave.jpg" alt="Microwave" title="Microwave" width="300" height="225" /> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>A TV &amp; CABINET - SOLID WOOD, AMAZING CRAFTSMANSHIP, GROOVY BABY</strong><br />As you can see, I have a penchant for the older, cooler items. That&#39;s because they have character baby, something sadly lacking in this modern day world of plastic and vinyl.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/tv.jpg" alt="TV" title="TV" width="300" height="225" /> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>A SOFA WITH MORE &#39;TUDE AND STYLE THAN I CAN HANDLE</strong><br />My wife would no doubt kill me if I actually picked this up. But if I had the kind of pad that could handle this kind of classic style, I&#39;d snap it up. I saw several modern furniture designers rip this off a few years ago in London.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/sofa.jpg" alt="sofa" title="sofa" width="300" height="225" /> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>A KEG-O-RATOR FRIDGE</strong><br />Seriously, what red-blooded male wouldn&#39;t want a Keg Fridge in his garage or basement? And why pay for it when some generous chap is giving a perfect one away for free! Score!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/fridge.jpg" alt="fridge" title="fridge" width="225" height="300" /></p> <p><strong>A REDWOOD DECK - 12&#39;8&quot; X 23&#39;8&quot;</strong><br />I mean, even as scrapwood it&#39;s worth something. But this is a complete Redwood Deck. All it needs is to be rebuilt on your own property (cut to size of course) and then stained to brighten it up. What is that? $1000 saved on timber?</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/deck.jpg" alt="Deck" title="Deck" width="300" height="225" /> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>SOLAR PANELS - NOT JUST FREE, THEY CAN CUT YOUR POWER BILL</strong><br />I don&#39;t know the going rate of large solar panels to power your home, but I imagine they&#39;re not cheap. Someone moved into a house and these were sat at the bottom of the garden. </p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/solar.jpg" alt="solar" title="solar" width="300" height="225" /></p> <p><strong>THE BEST FOR LAST - FREE BEER!</strong><br />Yup, someone had a friend who worked in a liquor store and he left this behind as a gift when he moved out. They don&#39;t drink beer. I do. Looks like 50-60 cans for my beer fridge. Woot!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/beer.jpg" alt="beer" title="beer" width="300" height="199" /> </p> <p>So, that&#39;s what I found. Let me know if you find a mega-free deal worth shouting about. After all, you can&#39;t beat free. Unless of course someone pays you take it away! Happy hunting.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cool-funky-things-i-found-free-on-craigslist">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-category-on-craigslist-to-be-renamed-haul-away-my-old-bulky-broken-crap-for-free">“Free” category on Craigslist to be renamed “Haul away my old, bulky, broken crap for free.”</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/feeling-patriotic-grab-a-free-national-guard-t-shirt">Feeling patriotic? Grab a free National Guard t-shirt.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-9-secrets-of-highly-successful-craigslist-sellers">The 9 Secrets of Highly Successful Craigslist Sellers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash">6 Weird Things to Sell on eBay for Extra Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-25-best-things-to-buy-on-craigslist">The 25 Best Things to Buy on Craigslist</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping craigslist free freebie garbage giveaway junk old recycled second hand trash Thu, 19 Apr 2007 06:11:53 +0000 Paul Michael 529 at http://www.wisebread.com