Week 9: Adopt eco-friendly habits – 30 simple ways to become environmentally-friendly

Being environmentally friendly simply means having a lifestyle that are better for the environment. It’s all about taking small steps towards making our planet a better place for generations to come.

This week’s blog post features environmentally-friendly habits that are definitely worth adding into your daily routines.

Embrace these habits and soon you’ll notice you are beginning to think and act in a more eco-friendly manner without even realizing it.

So here’s the 30-day challenge to help you get started with an environmentally-friendly lifestyle:

  1. Stop using plastic cups
  2. Use own mugs when buying coffee and other beverages
  3. Say no to plastic straws
  4. Stop using plastic bags
  5. Bring re-usable bags when you shop
  6. Stop using plastic wrap
  7. Use old cloths instead of paper towels
  8. Buy locally-sourced products
  9. Support local farmers’ markets
  10. Use eco-friendly products such as loofah, bamboo toothbrush
  11. Don’t litter
  12. Segregate household wastes
  13. Recycle items
  14. Re-use old jars and containers
  15. Buy second-hand items
  16. Shop less
  17. Plan your meals
  18. Bring lunch to work
  19. Eat less meat
  20. Eat more vegetables
  21. Choose organic
  22. Help save the bees!
  23. Make your home energy-efficient
  24. Turn off the lights
  25. Unplug unused appliances
  26. Drive less
  27. Take a bus or carpool to work
  28. Avoid using Styrofoam materials
  29. Start composting program at home and at work
  30. Educate other people

Now is the best time to embrace an eco-friendly change. Join me in this exciting 30-day challenge and share this among your family and friends!

Do you have any eco-friendly tips you would like to share? Please share your thoughts in the comment box below.

For Mother Nature,

Jomay

Week 8: Build a simple wardrobe – Introducing Project 333

Over the next 3 months, I’m going to be participating in a minimalist fashion experiment called Project 333™.

Project 333™ is the minimalist fashion challenge created by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less. The project is about dressing with less – which is basically dressing with 33 items or less for 3 months.

The Rules

  • When: Every three months (It’s never too late to start so join in anytime!)
  • What: 33 items including clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear and shoes.
  • What not: these items are not counted as part of the 33 items – wedding ring or another sentimental piece of jewelry that you never take off, underwear, sleep wear, in-home lounge wear, and workout clothing (but your workout clothes have to workout).
  • How: Choose your 33 items, box up the remainder of your fashion statement, seal it with tape and put it out of sight.
  • What else: consider that you are creating a wardrobe that you can live, work and play in for three months. Remember that this is not a project in suffering. If your clothes don’t fit or are in poor condition, replace them.

I have begun embracing minimalism to improve my way of life since about 3-4 years ago. Since then I have donated and sold a lot of clothing and shoes, however, I still feel the need to declutter my closet and simplify my wardrobe even better.

I’ve read about Project 333™ several months ago but I didn’t have quite the time to get started.

But now that holiday season is upon us (which means more vacation time), I thought this is the best time to join the Project 333 challenge and see the benefits for myself.

So the first thing I did was sign up for the free Project 333™ Capsule Quick-Start Guide.


Minimalism is not about depriving yourself of owning things – it is more about appreciating what you already have and get only what you need.

By clearing the clutter from our lives, we are able to eliminate debt, stress, sadness and other negativity in our life. Once we have successfully removed such negativity, only then we can truly enjoy peace of mind, contentment and happiness.

So for this week’s challenge, I invite you to read the rules and tips on how to start Project 333™. I will share with you my experience soon and I hope that you can share yours, too!

Have fun and best regards,

Jomay

Week 7: Live with less, adopt intentional living

Have you ever been frustrated by the clutter in your home?

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the amount of time that you spend cleaning and caring for your stuff?

Have you ever felt that your earthly belongings were weighing you down?

Have you ever felt the need to change your life?

If you have felt any of these things, then maybe it’s time to consider living with less and adopt intentional living.

Learning how to live a minimalist lifestyle is all about understanding what minimalism is. It starts with making lifestyle changes that will help you live life with intention.

MINIMALISM DEFINED

Minimalism is a growing lifestyle trend that is prompting many people around the world to consider living with less and adopt a more intentional way of life.

minimalist lifestyle means different things to different people, and the good news is that you can define minimalism for yourself.

For some people, minimalism is about owning fewer number of possessions and having a living space that’s as small as possible yes functional and meaningful.

Many people start living a minimalist and intentional lifestyle by removing clutter in their homes, which is a great place to start.

Others embrace it by using a minimalist approach to the way they dress, work, travel, and manage relationships.

Other people also look at living a simple life and making decisions and actions that protect the environment.

For me, minimalism is about simplifying my life, owning less and being mindful of others and the environment – so that I can be healthy, do things that make me happy and spend quality time with the people I truly care about.

TAKE THE CHALLENGE

For this week’s challenge, I invite you to read my four blog posts below to learn how you can get started with minimalism and intentional living:

The Benefits of Minimalism: 12 Amazing benefits of living with less

What the heck is minimalism?

Becoming a Minimalist: 10 Essential steps to get started

Journey of Joy: A 90-day journey to a happy, meaningful life


Thank you (in advance) for taking the time to check out these helpful blog posts and congratulations on taking the first step to a better, more meaningful life!

Please don’t be shy to share your minimalist journey through the comment section below. 

All the best,

Jomay

Hey Manitobans, here’s how to save money with 8 local programs and rebates

Hey fellow Manitobans, this special blog post is for you.

Are you a Manitoba homeowner wanting to implement energy-efficient measures to your home?

Are you a low-income individual or family needing some rent assistance or free energy-efficient upgrades?

Or are you a small, independent business that aims to reduce energy and water consumption to save money and energy?

If you live in Manitoba province and you said yes to at least one of the questions above, then you can save a lot of money by doing one or more of the following:

1. Sign up for a matched savings program

Did you know that SEED Winnipeg offers a special matched savings accounts program to match participants’ savings 3:1 up to a specified limit?

For every $1.00 you save, SEED will match it with $3.00.

SEED’s The Saving Circle Program helps low-income individuals and families to save for needed assets including furniture, medical expenses, a computer, education, a small business, or other household necessities.

If you want to learn more about this program, call SEED at 204-927-9947. Limited spots are available each month.

2. Apply for rent supplements

Manitobans receiving Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) will receive Rent Assist if they have housing costs. Rent Assist will be included with monthly EIA payments.

If you are a low-income individual and you need some help with your monthly rent, Rent Assist can help you too.

To apply for non-EIA Rent Assist, you can download an application form, or call Provincial Services at 204-945-2197 in Winnipeg; 1-877-587-6224 toll free; or TTY 204-948-3698 to have an application form mailed to you.

For more information about this program, click here.

3. Check out rebate program for 55+

Rebates are currently available for income-tested tenants over the age of 55 to offset the school tax portion of rent costs.

If you are at least 55 years of age and have a household income of less than $23,800, then you are eligible for annual rebates of up to $175, payable once a year.

To find out if you qualify, call 204-523-5230 or 1-800-563-8793.

4. Cash in on cans and bottles

Recycling is not just good for the environment, but your local bottle depot can help you make some extra money.

As per Regulation 68(1) of Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Board Regulation 68/2014 to The Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation Act, a retail beer vendor must accept empty beer bottles or beer cans from products purchased in Manitoba on which a refundable deposit has been paid.

All beer containers carry a 10¢ refundable deposit with the exception of containers 2L or larger which are 20¢.

To find a Hotel Beer Vendor near you, visit our Manitoba Liquor Retailers page for location and contact information.

5. Retire your fridge and get $50

What if you can get rid of your old fridge and make money?

Manitoba Hydro’s Power Smart Refrigerator Retirement Program will pick up your second refrigerator or your freezer for free, recycle them responsibly, and give you $50 for each one they collect.

Find out if your fridge or freezer qualifies and register for your free pick up today or call 1-855-5FRIDGE (1-855-537-4343) to schedule an appointment.

6. Receive free energy-saving items

The Power Smart Water and Energy Saver Program also offers free Water and Energy Saver Kits that will help you save money, water and energy, while reducing your carbon footprint.

The kit can save you approximately $30 a year on your residential energy bill.

Each kit contains:

  • 1 to 2 low-flow 5.7 litres per minute showerheads (choice of handheld massage or wall mount massage);
  • 2 low-flow bathroom faucet aerators;
  • 1 low-flow kitchen faucet aerator;
  • 3 metres of water heater pipe wrap insulation;
  • plumber’s tape;
  • refrigerator/freezer thermometer.

Apply for a kit today by calling 1-877-ECO-FITT (326-3488). For more information, click here.

7. Avail of free home upgrades

The Power Smart Affordable Energy Program offers qualified low-income homeowners the opportunity to make some energy-efficient upgrades such as free insulation for attics, walls, basements and crawlspaces.

You may also qualify for a high efficiency natural gas furnace for $9.50 per month for 5 years. A home renter may also qualify but the furnace cost of $9.50 per month for 5 years will be the responsibility of the landlord.

Note: This offer is subject to change at any time.

For more information about the program, call Power Smart at 1-855-360-3643.

Click here https://www.hydro.mb.ca/your_home/savings_home.shtml to learn more about other savings & rebates program provided by Manitoba Hydro.

8. Replace old toilet and get $60 credit

Replace an old inefficient toilet and receive a credit from the City of Winnipeg.

If you are eligible, you will receive a credit of $60 per toilet. You may apply for a credit for up to two toilets per water account per year.

To learn more about this program, simply call 311 or contact City of Winnipeg’s Water Conservation – Toilet Replacement Credit Program.

Other programs and rebates for homeowners, businesses

There are at least 28 existing home and energy efficiency programs being offered in Manitoba.

To learn more about these government financial incentive programs, please click here.


Do you know of any other money-saving programs being offered in your community? If you do, kindly share it with us through the comments section below.

Have a lovely day!

Jomay

Week 6: Save money

Looking for a few simple ways to save money? Here’s simple ways to save money.

Saving money isn’t always easy.

For many of us, our budgets already seem pretty tight, and it’s hard to imagine where we’ll be able to find more areas to cut.

If you are looking for a few simple ways to save money, then you’re in the right place! Here are 30 simple ways to save money:

  1. Make a budget and stick to it.
  2. Never purchase expensive items on impulse. Think over each expensive purchase for at least 24 hours.
  3. Limit credit card purchases to those you can pay off in full at the end of the month.
  4. If you use a debit card, don’t rely on an overdraft feature to spend money you don’t have.
  5. Take advantage of discounts and/or rewards programs in your local stores and the community.
  6. Save money by buying items in bulk.
  7. Bring lunch to work. If buying lunch at work costs $5, then you could save about $500-$1,200 a year.
  8. Save your loose change. Putting aside $1 a day over the course of a year will allow you to save $365.
  9. Cancel newspaper and magazine subscriptions.
  10. Get a receipt for everything you purchase. Stack and review them at the end of the month to see where your money is going.
  11. Ask your physician to consider prescribing generic drugs.
  12. Avoid bouncing checks or overdraft fees each month. This saves you around $30-$45 a month.
  13. Make your monthly credit card payment on time.
  14. Keep your car engine tuned and its tires inflated to their proper pressure.
  15. Live relatively near your workplace. If this is not possible, try to walk, bike or take a bus to work.
  16. Weatherproof your home and save big on unwanted heat or cooling loss.
  17. When shopping for clothing, look for sales at discount outlets. You may also consider purchasing previously-used clothes from other second-hand stores like Value Village, or school or church thrift sales.
  18. Use local newspapers and websites to learn about free or low-cost parks, museums, film showings, sports events, and other places which you and your family would enjoy.
  19. Plan gift-giving well in advance to avoid expensive, last-minute gift shopping.
  20. Cancel extra cell phone feature.
  21. Cancel home phone service altogether in favor of cell phone service only.
  22. Try switching your internet service to another provider in order to take advantage of new subscriber deals or promotions.
  23. Save on TV and entertainment fees.
  24. Use utilities wisely.
  25. Take time to shop around to find the best rates on your insurance whether it’s auto, home, life or other types of insurance.
  26. Take a bus or carpool to save on gas.
  27. Appeal your property taxes if you believe the appraisal they’ve given your home is incorrect
  28. Instead of paying hundreds of dollars a year on mortgage insurance, your best alternative is to apply for your own life insurance coverage.
  29. Pick a bank that allows you to save more money. Some banks offer no ATM fees, free cheques, high interest on savings accounts, no overdraft fees, and even better interest rates and perks.
  30. Try paying you bills online instead of mailing in a check. Less mail and fewer envelopes to open also means less hassle for you — and less paper waste in the landfills.

I hope you find these tips helpful!

Do you have any simple money-saving tips you would like to share? Please share in the comments below.

Have a great day!

Jomay