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Living Green on a Budget

By Julie Norman
Friday, April 4, 2014

Here's a great link to some ways to "Live Green on a Budget."  Some are ones you might be familiar with while others might provide you with a few new ideas.  As for cleaning products (the first thing they mention) I know baking soda and water makes a decent paste for cleaning your oven.

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Donate your time

By Julie Norman
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

If money is tight for you but you still want to help out your favorite non-profit groups, why not donate your time?  I can guarantee you that way more people donate money than time, and that all of those non-profit groups desperately need people to help pick up trash, serve meals, and build trails.  Volunteering is a great way to teach kids about giving back as well.  If you're looking for a way to donate some time to a group in your community consider one of the following:

Help build or maintain bike trails with COPMOBA.

Volunteer with Catholic Outreach for everything from story readers to dishwashers.

Roice Hurst Humane Society currently needs dog walkers and other volunteers.

Here's a photo from last year when I volunteered with COPMOBA to work on the Three Sisters trails.  Everytime I ride this trail I feel a sense of pride knowing I helped.  And hey, sometimes they even give you beer after you volunteer!

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Hiking DejaVu

By Brittany Dale
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Looks like Julie and I were on the same wave length this week. I had planned to talk about our free hiking adventure as well!

We are lucky to live right down the street from a great little trail and now that the weather is nicer, evening hikes are finally possible. We really enjoy letting our dogs have a little more freedom and we get to experience more visual stimulation than can be afforded with a walk through our neighborhood. 

Please Note: Always always always make sure you are planning ahead. There have been many lost hikers in the past two weeks so make sure you know where you are going, you have enough daylight and you are prepared with food if the hike has even the slightest potential to be long. Don't be silly! 

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Hiking is Free!

By Julie Norman
Monday, March 31, 2014

Hiking is a free and fun activity for the whole family.  Really, throw on some clothes and sunscreen, fill up some plastic bottles with water and head out for a day of adventure! There are tons of great trails around Grand Junction and some that are within 10 minutes of town.  If you head down Monument Road to the Lunch Loop trails you'll find lots of fun places to explore.  From easy, almost flat trails to very steep ones, you can either get in a great workout or a leisurely stroll.  Here's a photo from my bike ride (if you have a bike already then biking there is also free ;) on Saturday.

For more information on the trails at Lunch Loop and access to maps, visit bikegjco.com!

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Frugal Friday Links: Tech Tips for Budget Travelers and More!

By Julie Norman
Friday, March 28, 2014

The Frugal Traveler at the NY Times is always finding ways to do things for less when it comes to traveling.  Recently he attened the EyeforTravel's Social Media and Mobile Strategies for Travel conference and picked up some good tech tips for budget travelers.  Find out what he had to say by clicking here.

 

Brittany's got a great link for Spring maintenance problems that will save you money. Click here to find out more!

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