Green New Year’s Resolutions

What does 2011 hold on The Greenbacks Gal?

I want to help eliminate the “going green is too expensive” excuse. Especially when it comes to organic, whole grain, whole foods, all natural living. I want to put whole foods back on family tables. No family should feel like fresh produce is out of their budget. No family should feel like whole grains are too expensive.

Unfortunately, economics and convenience have won out over natural taste and nutrition. And America’s health is suffering. Are you aware that America does not grow or import enough fresh produce to meet the federal guidelines for what we should be eating each day?

None of us want to give our whole paycheck to buy foods that are sustainable and pesticide-free. By employing savvy savings strategies, we don’t have to.

I want to give you ways to put that healthy food on your table. I think I’m lucky because I like to cook. But I’m not a big fan of the “What’s for dinner?” question when I don’t have a plan in place. In 2011, you’ll find more recipes like my Whole Wheat Pancake mix that are whole grain, taste great, and make meal preparation a snap. That’s what my Green Diet is all about.

I want to make Going Green easy. We’re still making green changes everyday. Admittedly, some green experiments have not gone well. My husband was in a serious bike wreck while riding his bike on his daily commute. I still can’t let him back on his bike – physical trauma for him, mental trauma for me!

But keeping a compost pail just makes me giddy. I’d love for each of you to get joy out of the green changes you make.

Plus, I want this to be a place where we all learn together. I’m sure you’ve got some things that are working for you that could help us all.

I will continue to Give Back. When I’m posting deals, if they are giving it away, so will I, even if it isn’t green. If I can get a product for free by combining a coupon with a sale, I will. I look at it as a donation made by the companies that are offering the coupon to the charities of my choice. They are the ones covering the cost of the coupon, so they aren’t making a profit, therefore I feel justified in picking up the product to help someone else.

There are no choices in poverty. Poverty can’t use its economic power to leverage change.  Besides, I can’t be political when there is genuine need. I can be political by using my dollars to vote for the change I’d like to see. I can donate free products to local organizations that are helping my community.

Getting some products for free also happens to be one of the ways I know my readers are slowly greening their grocery lists. I hear all the time that by getting product x or y for free, families are then able to put more wholesome choices into their grocery budgets. I hope by the end of 2011, we’ve eliminated economics as a reason not to go green.

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Sunday Coupon Preview: 1/2/11

Like to plan ahead? Head on over to the Sunday Coupon Preview to find out what coupons you can expect in the inserts we will be getting this Sunday!

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Mega Swagbucks Friday

Are you swagging yet?

Today is Mega Swagbucks Friday! Swagbucks are digital dollars you earn for surfing the web. Not every search earns swagbucks but I always win several a day just by searching through the Swagbucks site.

My favorite benefit to Swagbucks is the $5 gift cards to Amazon. It only takes 450 Swagbucks to get a $5 Amazon gift card. I typically earn about $15 in gift cards a month! I’ve used these to supplement our grocery budget and to buy things like organic and all natural groceries. Start now and you’ll be surprised at how quickly they add up. I added the toolbar and earn a swagbuck a day!

Head over to  Swagbucks to get started today!

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Eversave: $15 for $30 of Healing Tree Naturals

Today’s Save on Eversave is $15 for $30 worth of all-natural skin products from HealingTreeNaturals.com. This would be a great, inexpensive way to try all natural healing products.

My favorite deal from the Healing Tree would be the Pure Tea Tree Oil for $10.95. In 2011 I’ll be showing you how to make your own all natural cleaning and beauty products – both of which can use Tea Tree Oil. Buy it now and be ready to Green Your Clean!

To sweeten this deal even further, right now, if you sign up to get the latest Saves from Eversave, they will give you $5 to spend on ANY save! On this deal, that would mean you only spend $10 for $30 worth of products – a 60% savings! Just in case you didn’t get that – they are GIVING YOU $5! Hurry, because after the 31st, they will only be giving you $2 to sign up.

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Groupon: $35 for $115 Keepsake Photobooks from Photobook America

These Photobooks look beautiful. And to save 70%? What a great deal! You pay only $35 and you can create $115 worth of Keepsake Photobooks. These books are all archival quality and you can tell even from their web pictures that they are high quality. To get in on this deal, head to Groupon and look for Colorado Springs:

Since this is a web deal, anyone in the nation can get in on the deal!

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Walmart: FREE Celestial Seasonings Tea

It has been reported that Celestial Seasoning Holiday Teas are currently on sale at Walmart for only .98/ea! That means with the $1/1 coupon from the 10/3/10 Smart Source OR the 11/7/10 Smart Source OR the 12/12/10 Smart Source you can score FREE TEA!

I’m going to go all Extreme Couponing on this deal! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to gather all my coupons up to hightail it to the Mart!

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Groupon: $35 for $75 Nature’s Prime Organic Food

Yet another great deal from Groupon! Head over to Groupon and select the Featured Deal for Little Rock. You’ll find you can buy $75 worth of organic food, delivered straight to your door, for only $35!

My plan is to get the Festive Family Pack. In the end, it’ll cost me $42, but I’m estimating I’ll get at least 8 meals out of the deal. That’s only $5.25 for a meal that includes Organic Meat. Yippee!

I do so love these collective buying sites.

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