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February is No Buy Month at Savvy Brown

No Buy Month is an annual event here at Savvy Brown. It’s sort of a reset button for your finances, another chance to gain control and a truth serum for spending. What is No buy Month? In a nutshell, for the entire month of February you put yourself on a financial diet and only spend money on necessities. What constitutes a necessity? Check out the following list: Continue reading

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Why I Ditched My Brita Water Pitcher for a Kishu Charcoal Stick (A Review)

My biggest issue with purified water pitchers like Brita and Pur is that although they are made of BPA-free plastic, they don’t make it easy for you to recycle the filters, therefore most consumers just throw them out in the regular trash, which contributes to more non-biodegradable plastic refuse in the environment. Made from a type of birch tree in Japan, Kishu Water Filters are mini “logs” of charcoal that fit into most standard sized pitchers, (I use a glass pitcher like this) and pull impurities out of the water similar to the way the charcoal inside of standard water filters do. I have a friend who swears by them so I decided to investigate.

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6 DIY Green Holiday Decorating Ideas

Aside from family heirlooms, I can’t justify spending a lot of money on decorations that you will only use for about 2 months out of the year. On top of that, our landfills are full of unnecessary non-biodegradable seasonal decorations. Check out these lovely DIY green holiday decorating ideas for tips and tricks on how to make your home look lovely this holiday season. (You can actually try this stuff year round!)

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10 Green Products to Buy If You Don’t DIY: Home Edition

I am a fan of making my own cleaning products because I feel it’s cheaper and cleaner for me to do so. I’ve also been doing it long enough that it doesn’t take me long to make a batch of laundry detergent or whip up some homemade body scrub. However, I realize that not everyone out there feels the same way.

In fact a good friend of mine is a fan of green living but not a fan of the DIY portion of the program and she often asks me what products that she should buy that are safe, healthy or at least eco-friendly, so I decided to make up this list of 10 Green Products to Try If You Don’t DIY. It’s made up of products that I have used myself (Yes, sometimes I do actually buy products), or that friends have told me that they use. So if you’re looking for a comprehensive list of green products to use to clean your home, this list* is for you:

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DIY Hair Accessory Organization #1

I’ve used a bunch of things to organize my hair accessories in the past, but I’ve come up with a few tricks that I now consider my faves. I decided to post a few of my DIY Hair Accessory Organization tips as a series. Hopefully some of them will be helpful! This one uses upcycled shower curtain rings and Command Wire Hooks. Continue reading

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Crazy Simple DIY Dishwasher Detergent

The last time I talked about making my own dishwasher soap, I suggested that you use Kool Aid (because of the citric acid). But since then, I have found an even SIMPLER DIY Dishwashing Powder for you to mix up. I actually mixed this up when I ran out of both Kool-Aid AND the Method dishwashing tabs I was using. The best part? It only takes 3 ingredients! Continue reading

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Quick Tip: Clean Your Shower While You’re In It

I have one of these in my shower. It’s filled ¼ with castile soap, a capful of hydrogen peroxide and the rest water. When I’m done with my shower, before I turn the water off, I scrub down the walls and faucets  really quick before letting the rest of the shower water wash the suds away. By the time I clean the shower on the weekend, there’s not much to do!

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Multitask Products to Save Money and the Environment

The concept of multitasking your products is an easy one. Simply try to not buy anything that you can’t use for more than one purpose. When you start doing this, I swear it will change how you shop completely. You’ll be saving the environment by not tossing out as many containers, and saving money buy not buying as many items. Continue reading

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Quick Tip: Save Money with a Foaming Pump Dispenser

You can save the environment and save money with a foaming pump dispenser. I have been using one of these* for a couple of months now and I’m still not out of soap yet. It’s a great way to save money on things like hand soap and dishwashing soap. I use this one with my castile soap. I poured about 1/8 cup of soap into the dispenser and added about 1.5 cups of water. The head dispenses foam instead of liquid which saves money! Continue reading