- avoid holding events where people feel the need to bring a gift (i.e. we've opted to postpone birthday parties for your kids until they are older, instead we take the day off from work and spend it together as a family; and
- hypermiling (we enjoy pretending that the 2005 Honda Civic is a hybrid);
- turn the heat down a few degrees or set the temp higher before the air conditioning is turned on.
- keep glass jars (spaghetti, mayo, peanut, etc.) for bulk kitchen items (popcorn, flax seed, walnuts, etc.);
- buy neutral clothing items for the kids, maximizing the chance our daughter can wear her older brother's items (translation, Ian recently got a new pair of rain boots....they are classic yellow, a nice option for little sis in a few years);
- discarded work paper is put into a "kids bin" for drawing paper...the back side is blank!
- keep received greeting cards for the kids to cut and paste with next year;
- compost kitchen scraps; and
- use Craigslist to post items you no longer need or want (great for everything from furniture to soildering wick....yes, someone actually claimed that from a post my husband made).