Ever feel like your money is going down the drain? In some cases, it actually is. Put an end to waste by keeping tabs on resources you might be able to reuse. These eco-friendly moves can save you big bucks; don't toss…
Vegetable scraps from cooking. Save these trimmings in a covered container in the fridge and use them to make soup stock so you won't have to shell out for a boxed version. Learn how at thesweetbeet.com.
Old electronics. Websites such asbuymytronics.com can help you earn on used goods. For example, a 3G iPhonewith a cracked screen scores about $30 there. Old phones also make great free toys for kids-just make sure to remove the battery, since deactivated phones still can dial 911. Donating old electronics can score you a tax break, too. Learn more at e-access.org.
Old kids clothing. Instead of getting rid of outfits that your kids have outgrown, recycle them. Thredup.com, a free clothing-swap site, will send you a bag to fill with gently used garments. Just call USPS or UPS and ask to have it picked up and shipped to ThreadUp for free. In exchange, the site will evaluate your goods and give you credit to restock your kids' closets with the new-to-you clothes on the site. Or, you can opt to receive cash via PayPal.
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