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By Melissa Tosetti

A few weeks ago I received an email from a financial advisor I work for and at the bottom of the correspondence she wrote: 

P.S.  I just shopped my closet this morning and….
to sing a song from “West Side Story” – “I feel pretty” and sharp.

Her email made my day and reminded me of what a great strategy shopping your closet can be. 

The next time you feel the urge to buy new clothes, instead, go back through your closet, as if you were looking at the clothes for the first time, and see if you can put new combinatioins of items together. 

If you need a little help, ask a friend.  They'll look at your wardrobe with completely different eyes.  You could walk away with several new outfits without spending a dime.

Save the Earth - Don't Do Laundry! PDF Print E-mail
By Melissa Tosetti
Today is Earth Day, a global celebration of the environment.
Saving money and sustainable living are two of my favorite subjects to study. Coincidentally, they support each other.
Here in California, we’re suffering from a terrible drought. Many of my close friends are farmers and they’re struggling. Across the state, we’re doing what we can to save water such as:
  • Turn off the tap while brushing teeth.
  • Only run a full dishwasher (on the energy efficient cycle).
  • No more baths and very short showers.
  • Use a pitcher to capture water while waiting for tap to get hot and use that water in the garden.
One of my favorite ways to save water, money and time is by only washing our clothes if they’re actually dirty.  
We often throw something we’ve worn for just a short while into the dirty clothes pile. Break the habit by hanging the item immediately after taking it off. If you’d like, you can let it hang outside the closet for awhile to air out. You can also give it a few sprays of Febreze.
In addition to saving water, and the energy to run the washer and dryer, you’ll also save wear and tear on your clothes making them last so much longer. The next time you clean out the lint catcher, it will remind you of how rough the dryer can be on your clothes.
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Before You Buy More Clothes... PDF Print E-mail

Often, we think we need to buy more clothes when in reality, we need to clean out our closets so we can see what we already have and love.

Money Saving Laundry Habit PDF Print E-mail
By Melissa Tosetti
One of my favorite lessons that I learned from Flylady.net is the habit of doing just one load of laundry a day - replacing the marathon laundry habit that previously took up our weekends.
Another trick she teaches is to run the washing machine in the evening and then put your clothes in the dryer the next morning.  If you can pop them in the dryer prior to jumping in the shower, depending on your morning routine, the clothes might just be done before you're ready to leave for work. If you can find just five minutes in the morning to put them away before heading out the door, how great will that feel?  Knocking out a crucial housekeeping task before clocking in at work.
Many utility companies will give you a discount for using appliances before or after peak hours. By running your washing machine after 8:00 pm and then putting your clothes in the dryer the next morning, you can shave quite a bit off of your utility bill. 
Just how much?  This blurb from Portland General Electric's website answers the question:
A typical family of three uses about 80 kWh per month for electric clothes drying. Under PGE’s Time of Use option,on-peak usage for this period would equal $10.61. Mid-peak usage would equal $6.00, and off-peak would result in a cost of $3.54.
By simply drying your clothes at off-peak times, you can save $7.07 per month.  That's just for your dryer.  It doesn't include your washing machine which will likely save you an additional $7.07 per month.  Take it a step further and also run your dishwasher during off peak hours saving another $7.07 per month.  That's $21.21 per month saved and potentially $254.52 per year. 
I imagine you can think of far more fun things to spend $254.52 on than your utility bill.


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