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Shop bots, price alerts, coupon codes and little-known outlets: Here are dozens of our area’s best-kept shopping secrets.

1. Me 'N Moms consignment stores in Ballard, Lynnwood and Issaquah offers great deals on kid clothes, baby stuff and maternity items.

2. West Seattle moms flock to Small Clothes for deals on high quality clothes for infants and children. Use their coupon in the Chinook book for an additional 20% off!

3. Buy clothes at the end of the season on sale, i.e. bathing suits and sandals in the fall and heavy winter coats and boots in the spring.

4. Don’t buy a book or DVD until you preview it first by checking it out at your local library. King County Library users can go on line and put a hold on anything in the entire systems catalog, to be picked up a their local branch.

5. Need a baby sling or carrier? Check out the Madison Valley consignment shop Sugarlump, which also carries maternity wear and baby clothes.

6. Deseret Industries Thrift stores in Shoreline and Federal Way carry a wide array of home décor, clothing and even appliances.

7. Plum District offers you deals on “kid centric” stuff including super chic baby and toddler clothes, diapers and shoes.

8. Does your child need glasses? Bring his prescription to Costco for the best deals.

9. Bainbridge Island Library hosts its Big Friends of the Library book sale a couple times a year.

10. Mama Go Round in Everett offers gently used children’s clothing, toys, furniture and maternity wear. Ask about their “grandparent punch card” where grandparents can save $10 for every $100 spent at the store. 

11. Woot.com and Kids.woot.com feature “daily deals” with user feedback on the featured deal. Recent deal was a E-Z Baseball bat for a third of the price on Amazon.

12. Want to impress with a flowers, but you're on a budget? Pick up a vase from your local thrift store then head to a Whole Foods or QFC where the floral staff will be happy to make an arrangement while you wait and even put the vase in a box for easy travel.

13. Lands’ Ends has amazing deals for the whole family on the “overstocks” section of the website for up to 70% off.

14. Overstock.com offers a whole section for children’s clothes at deep discounts with a variety of brands including OshKosh B'Gosh.

15. Teaching a kid to fish? Head to Outdoor Emporium in Seattle's SODO neighborhood for your tackle.

16. Running low on kitchenware? Head to Dick’s Restaurant Supply in Seattle's SODO neighborhood and pick up some hard to break restaurant quality glasses.

17. Nordstrom Rack in Seattle, Bellevue, Southcenter, Lynnwood and Auburn offers deals on shoes and clothing for the whole family, often on fresh off the rack merchandise from the main stores.

18. Search for sizzling toy deals that will build your baby’s brain at Smarter.com.

19. The annual Urban Craft Uprising is a great place to get swell handmade gifts directly from the artist. Two shows offered throughout the year -- one in the winter and one in the summer.

20. Broken zipper on your kid’s winter coat? Don’t toss it – get it fixed! Take it to Juhee’s Alterations in Bellevue.

21. Taking a trip? Check out all things travel related at Seattle’s Ex Officio outlet store.

22. Mega TVs and iPods at a whopping discount at HDTV Outlet in Lynnwood. 

23. Discounted new toys, linens, housewares and even luggage is all available at Tuesday Morning in Redmond, Kirkland, Everett, Lynnwood, Tukiwila and Federal Way. New stuff arrives every Tuesday morning, thus the name.

24. Redmond moms flock to Majesty consignment shop in Redmond Ridge for toys, kid clothes and accessories in a stroller friendly shop complete with kid movie theater.

25. Is your child ready for a piano? Check out the annual UW Piano Sale each summer. More information by calling 206-616-3456.

26. Teacher? Show proof at many local bookstore chains including Half Price Books and Barnes & Noble and get a discount on all your purchases.

27. Get discounts on toys, art supplies and craft kits for kids including Melissa & Doug and Haba toys at Gummylump.com.

28. Setting up a home business so you can spend more time with the kids? Check out Ducky’s Seattle and Bellevue showrooms for discounted new and used home office solutions.

29. Theminisocial.com offers member only discounts from many companies from Melissa and Doug to Random House.

30. Up to 75% off the department store price on clothing, home decor and gifts is what you’ll get at the Ross Dress for Less locations around Puget Sound including Bellevue, Issaquah, Seattle, Kirkland and Olympia.

Deals on toys in Seattle31. Their loss is your gain. Watch for store closings for great deals. Last year’s closure of area Hollywood Video stores for example was the perfect opportunity to snap up lots of DVDs at a huge discount.

32. Save your kids from sunburn with Solumbra’s Sun Precautions wear with special savings available online.

33. Gorgeous kid clothes on sale in the “Final Sale” section at J.Crew.com.

34. Sign up at Seattle-based Zulily for daily deals on baby and kid stuff with savings up to 70%.

35. Get discounted kid furniture including bunk beds, student desks and bookshelves at Furniture Factory Direct in Tukwila, Lakewood and Lacey.

36. Great prices on art supplies at Blick Art Materials and Artist and Craftsman Supply.

37. Get your rainy day craft kits, birthday party favors and Valentine Day supplies online at a low price from Oriental Trading.

38. Got a Mac? Check out maczot.com for daily deals.

39. Brave the crowds and plan ahead to go to the June summer sidewalk sale at University Village. The screaming deals will make any bruises and a few dings in the stroller worth it.

40. Save money before you even get to the stores by switching to a credit union. Many welcome you regardless of who you work for including Boeing Employee Credit Union (BECU) which welcomes any Washington resident. Credit unions are member-owned and usually offer much lower fees are a wide array of financial services.

41. Sure you shop Costco for those bulk deals on toilet paper and socks, but you can also fill a prescription here for less, get your tires replaced at many locations and even get a deal on your holiday photo cards.

42. Join Border’s free Rewards program to receive online coupons with big savings.

43. Save money for your child’s school by joining Escrip and doing your online shopping through site’s “online mall” featuring retailers including Amazon, LEGO and REI. The site also includes great e-coupons.

44. UW Alumni and WSU Alumni Association members get discounts at a number of stores and websites.

45. DealCatcher.com trolls the internet looking for the best daily deals for you on everything from magazine subscriptions to laptops.

46. Best toddler toy ever – giant bubble wands by Bothell based Majic Bubble Wand. Four giant bubble wands and bubble solution tray for just $20 online. 

47. The State of Washington offers surplus items including office equipment and furniture at its store in Tumwater. A list of what may be available at the store and at future auctions is available on the website.

48. Big Lots stores offer weekly deals on everything from popular kid DVDs to toys to storage containers.

49. Lifelong Thrift Store in Seattle supports the Lifelong Aids Foundation and offers clothing, dishing, flatwear (so your college student can lose his forks, not your’s), appliances and collectibles. Color tagged merchandise is marked down an additional 25%.

50. Plan ahead for next year if considering purchasing linens, electronics, computers, exercise equipment, boat or even a house and remember that January is the month when the prices are usually the lowest for all these items.

51. AAA member? Don’t forget to use your membership for discounts at a number of merchants including Barnes & Noble, Made in Washington stores, Payless Shoe Source and HearthSong Toys. View the complete list on the website.

52. Gorgeous Glassybaby votive holders are made by hand and support a variety of good causes. Watch the website for their upcoming “seconds sale”.

53. Big ticket items, including wide screen TVs and appliances are often negotiable and stores will often match a competitors price if you have the ad in hand.

54. Do you have a budding rock star at your house? Goingtoday.com offers daily deals on music gear.

55. Slickdeals.net offers over a dozen super national and local deals a day including coupons, promo codes and product review.

56. Considering switching your cell service or changing your internet access? Go to lowermybills.com, type in your zip code and find the best bargains for your area.

57. Rent your movies at a RedBox for just $1 a night.

58. Shop the summer Nordstrom anniversary sale for big discounts on the fall’s finest shoes and clothes for the family. Go early or shop online for the best selection.

59. Save money on art by buying directly from the artist and visit beautiful Bainbridge Island during one of the bi-annual studio tours.

60. Need a new recliner or sofa? Head to Tukwila where you’ll find loads of bargains among the several warehouse style clearance centers including Macy's Furniture Clearance Center.


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They leave half of their dinner on the floor anyway, so why not get a screamin’ deal when you take the tots out on the town? This is just a taste of the great dinner and grocery deals we’ve found; visit our huge, growing “kids eat free” list at parentmap.com/free.

61. Check out Cash and Carry stores for inexpensive bulk prices. Locations include Bellevue, Seattle, Lynnwood and Lacey.

62. Next time you stop by Subway or another fast food place for a quick lunch, try ordering the kid meal or “snack”. Portion sizes have grown over the past 25 years at all restaurants, and you may find that the “kid size” is just fine for you too.

63. The “day old” cart at your local Fred Meyer store has fabulous baked goods at a big discount. You can freeze many items including rolls and bread to enjoy later.

64. Sign up for ParentMap Honey's weekly deals. Save big on all of your favorite services while giving back to local non-profits that help families in need. Doesn't get much sweeter than that!

65. Your grocery store has a “priced to sell” section of meats that are about to reach their expiration date. Grab something and plug it into a recipe finder when you get home such as supercook.com to figure out what you can do with it.

66. Avoid freezer damaged produce and meat by using a vacuum sealer. Cabela’s offers several.

67. Tasty breads and pastries at a discount are available at the Oroweat Foods Bakery Outlet in Bellevue.

68. Buy berries in season and freeze.

69. Buy store brands whenever possible. Deals can be had even at pricey Whole Foods for their 365 Everyday Value Brands.

70. Does your family like Almond Roca? Then head to the Brown and Haley outlet store in Fife.

71. Printable Whole Foods store coupons for family staples.

72. Meat jerky lovers rejoice at the deals at the Oh Boy! Oberto Factory Outlet store in Seattle.

73. Share information with other coupon loving moms and dads at hotcouponworld.com which also has a bevy of printable coupons.

74. Register your Starbucks card and get free rewards like a free drink on your birthday.

75. Newman’s Own has given millions to charities since launching in 1982 and you can save money on their great, organic products with online printable coupons.

76. Purchase PCC script cards and your school or favorite non-profit organization can earn five percent from the sale of each card.

77. The Wonder/Hostess bakery outlets in Bremerton, Everett and Tacoma offer delicious bread and pastries at a big discount.

78. The best time to buy staples including packaged stuffing mix and frozen turkeys, is right after the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

79. In Everett visit the non-profit Sno-Isle Food Co-Op for deals on organic and locally grown products. 

80. Mapmuse.com offers information and location of those food trucks worth chasing for delicious lunches at bargain prices.

81. Use your Fred Meyer or QFC rewards card and you can earn points toward ten cents off your next fill up at a Shell Station.

82. Visit McGregor's Discount Natural and Organic Foods in Tacoma to save money on non-perishable organic food.

83. Super romantic Magnolia restaurant Palisade at 2601 West Marina Place offers a “first seating” special when you dine before 6 pm of a three course dinner for less than $30.

84. United frequent flyer? You can redeem some of your miles for restaurant gift certificates.

85. Scoop up deals at your local school or favorite non-profit’s fundraiser auctions. Restaurants often donate great gift certificates that sell at auctions below the value of the meal.

86. Is your store running a great deal this week on the giant, fresh “family pack of chicken”. Go ahead and buy it, divide it up and freeze in an airtight container what you don’t want to serve right away.

87. March is “Frozen Food Month” so watch for extra deals at your local grocery store and stock up.

88. Beef on sale and you need a good recipe or need to use up some eggs and cheese? Check out cheapcooking.com for item specific money saving recipes.

89. Duke’s Chowder House at six area locations at Alki, Greenlake, Kent Station, Tacoma, South Center and Lake Union offers a “dinner worthy” happy hour menu in the bar seven days a week.

90. Skip the pizza delivery and get a better quality pizza at a lower price from a Papa Murphy’s location near you. Extra savings are available online.

91. The smart phone application Cellfire delivers free coupon savings directly to your Fred Meyer rewards card or cell phone.

92. Whenever possible, buy and cook in bulk and freeze what you don’t need right away for future family meals.

93. Compare unit pricing always. Something “on sale” or in a much bigger container isn’t always the best deal.

94. Grab that Sunday paper. According to CouponMom.com, 75% of the best store coupons still come in the Sunday paper. Nelson claims she saves over $100 a week using coupons.

95. Go to the websites of the stores you shop regularly for e-coupons and “two for one” specials. In 2009, internet distribution of e-coupons increased by 92%.

96. Many stores offer e-coupons that go directly on your store discount card. Stock up on common items when they hit their lowest price.

Seattle meal deals97. Eat before you shop. You are more likely to “impulse buy” groceries you don’t need if you shop when you are hungry.

98. Frozen and canned vegetables and fruit can often be equally nutritious, and much less expensive, then fresh.

99. Shop the “exterior” of the store as much as possible where the less processed foods are for better nutrition and less cost.

100. Buy from the bulk bins. You’ll purchase just the amount you need and without the packaging bulk spices, pasta and cereal is often a better buy.

101. Shop without your kids in tow. That way you are more likely to stick your list and less likely to end up with less sugary snacks and cereal.

102. Make homemade meals to freeze on the weekend and eat throughout the week.

103. Make three meals from one chicken. Roast chicken for dinner, chicken burritos or chicken salad sandwich for lunch and chicken soup for dinner.

104. Blazing Bagels offers sweet deals on their day olds, packaged and ready to go at their Redmond location.

105. Follow a grocery list and try to avoid “impulse shopping”.

106. Sign up for the rewards program at every store you shop. Concerned about privacy? List your name as “cardholder” on the applications.

107. Make a practice to sit down on the weekend with your computer, the Sunday paper and your menu for the week and take 30 minutes to figure out which stores have the best deals that week. Print out your e-coupons and clip the paper coupons before heading out. Over time, from this one habit, you could save hundreds of dollars a year.

108. Be willing to try “store brands” and generics, which are often the same quality for staples at a lower price.

109. Avoid ordering “value meals” – not so much of a value when you realize that you could skip those supersized portions, soda and fries and be healthier over time.

110. Plan your weekly meals around staple, on sale items. For example, the week after Thanksgiving is a great time to get a super cheap frozen turkey and plan lots of “turkey-based” meals.

111. Buy an insulated mug with a lid. Start skipping your morning latte stop and take a cup of coffee you brewed instead and you will save $15 or more a week. That is over $700 a year.

112. Order appetizers instead of an entrée when you eat out.

113. Make your lunch instead of buying it three times a week.

114. You don’t really need the “extra large” sodas when you eat at fast food restaurants, movies or the ballpark. Order the smaller size and save.

115. Check out the “discounted items” section of your favorite grocery store. You may find something that was already on your shopping list, including “high end, specialty brands” that the store will no longer carry, at a great deal.

116. Large family or a bunch of friends to share with? Buy a side of organic, grass fed beef directly from the Zion Acres farm in Enumclaw.

117. Compare Happy Hour prices for your neighborhood at seattledining.com.

118. Share a dessert when you eat out. One or two bites eat usually is enough to make everyone happy.

119. Trader Joe's has great prices on wine and specialty beer brands.

Seattle dining deals120. Restaurants make their highest mark up on beverages so get in the habit of ordering water and your kids will be healthier too.

121. You can purchase $25 gift certificates for $15 for many area restaurants on restaurant.com.

122. When you do buy meat, choose smaller portions or leaner cuts.

123. Got an iPhone? Use the applications Compare Me or Bettery Buy to quickly compare different products, sizes and packages to figure out what really is the better deal.

124. Seattle’s kitchenmonki.com site creates free aisle by aisle grocery lists from your weekly menus that are emailed to your cell phone.

125. Before going out google “your city” plus “restaurant coupon” to pull up the latest e-coupon offers for your area.

126. 5dollardinners.com provides coupons and tons of money saving recipes.

127. Get ValPak restaurant coupons for your area online at valpak.com.

128. Couponmom.com offers restaurant coupons for your local area as well as grocery coupons and even video tutorials on how to save moneyusing coupons.

129. Hungry for some delicious Southwest cooking? Take the kids to Desert Fire in Redmond where Mondays kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée.

130. Take a weekend to inventory your pantry, check expiration dates and toss out anything expired or dented. That way you’ll know what not to buy and what to stock up on when you see a sale on staples.

131. Substitute a less expensive protein source such as eggs, tofu or beans for your main meals a few times a week.

132. Make friends with your favorite store’s butcher. They can custom cut meat, give you ideas on what to do with what’s on sale and at QFC will be happy to toss some delicious Tom Douglas “Rub with Love” seasonings on that salmon that’s on special and tell you how to cook it perfectly so your kids will enjoy eating it.

133. It can be expensive to always purchase organic produce. Find out what you should always buy organic and what you can probably skip and why you should care about pesticides at foodnews.org.

134. Starbucks breakfast sandwiches are served all day, as long as supplies last, and they are just as tasty and affordable for lunch as for breakfast.

135. Sign up for the Regal Cinema’s Crown Club and you will earn free popcorn and other treats. Apply for your card online.


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Good for the wallet and good for the planet: Here are some "green" ways to save a little green. Know of any we missed? Comment down below and let us know!

136. Since 1994, RE-PC has recycled thousands of tons of computer material. Seattle’s RE-PC offers deeply discounted computer stuff including keyboards, cable and printers.

137. You’ll save a ton of money each year and improve your health by going veggie one day a week. And when you do eat meat, consider a local resource like Bill the Butcher.

138. Seattle organic clothing maker Spun offers discounted pieces online.

139. Two Owls in Seattle offers select organic material dresses at a discount.

140. Cardboard DIY playhouse and rockets created by a Portland mom from colormehouse.com.

141. Sustainable and affordable gorgeous flooring is available from locally owned Bamboo Hardwoods.

142. Plant fruit trees and in just a few years you’ll have more privacy, shade and fresh fruit. The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Arborist can recommend a certified arborist in your area who can recommend the best trees for you yard.

143. Join a “buying club” to get great prices on sustainable, grass fed meat and dairy delivered to your door or a nearby location. See eatwild.com for more information.

144. Seal cooling and heating ducts with duct wrap or mastic sealant and save up to 25% on your energy bill.

145. Fix your plumbing leaks to save on bills and help the environment as a single drippy faucet can waste 212 gallons of water a year.

146. Check your water heater temperature. You can save each month by adjusting the temperature down to 120 degrees without any noticeable difference in the shower.

147. Save 3.5 gallons of water per flush when you install low flow toilets.

148. Set up “rainy day artist box” for your kids. Fill a shoe box with a glue stick, scissors, crayon rocks and other earth friendly art supplies from Planet Happy Toys and give them a stack of junk mail and used magazines to turn into collage art, mini books and other kid masterpieces.

149. Trade in your gas guzzler for a fuel efficient car and save money every time you fill up. The website fueleconomy.gov will help you compare gas savings on new and used vehicles.

150. Hang your laundry outside on a line to dry in the summer.

151. Skip purchasing fancy home gym equipment you’ll use a few times then loathe and learn to work out at your local park instead.

152. Save your most precious asset, your time, by purchasing a Moxi DVR or TiVo and recording the TV shows you watch the most. You’ll be able to fast forward through commercials and better manage your children’s television viewing choices.

153. Ditch your paper coffee filter and buy a reusable coffee filter that you rinse out.

154. Take the bus or carpool one day a week instead of driving alone to work.

Seattle green deals155. Patronize a coffee shop where you get a discount for bringing your own mug.

156. Save money on paper towel and napkins by packing your kids lunches with cloth napkins. You can get them cheap at thrift stores.

157. Those dryer balls really work! Buy one and save a ton of money on dryer sheets.

158. Replace your old refrigerator with a more energy efficient model. A list of resources available at energystar.gov.

159. Avoid excess packaging and save money by buying staples in the largest packages.

160. Switch to a push mower instead of gas or electric. You’ll get a work out and save money.

161. Ditch your old top-loading washing machine for a front-loader, which use far less water and energy.

162. Replace your inefficient old furnace with a new one and you’ll save money on heating costs and could quality for a $150 “energy tax credit”.

163. Host a toy swap. Pick a date, invite the neighborhood to bring clean, gently used toys, kids get to pick as many as they brought.

164. Make gift tags out of old holiday and birthday cards.

165. Try cloth diapers. Need motivation – it has been estimated that it could take over 200 years or more for a disposable diaper to decompose. Baby Diaper Service makes it easy to get started. They take pride that they keep up to 23,000 disposable diapers out of landfills each day.

166. Use an indoor drying rack when possible. Toss items in the dryer for the last five minutes to fluff out wrinkles.

167. Installing a rain barrel under your home’s gutter downspout is a great way to collect rainwater for your garden and indoor plants. You can get one from Seattle Rain Barrels.

168. Most drain cleaners are highly toxic. Try this instead, pour a quarter cup of baking soda down the clogged drain, followed by a cup of vinegar. Close the drain tightly until the fizzing stops then flush with boiling water.

169. Borrow and share tools with your neighbors. If your neighborhood association has a password protected blog or website, keep a running list of who has what resources to share.

170. Jogging strollers are a great piece of equipment to help you get back in shape but don’t buy one new. Ask around your baby group or a friend with toddlers if someone is about to sell their’s.

171. Take your shoes off when you come inside. You’ll save time and energy cleaning and avoid dragging pesticides and other nasty stuff around the house.

172. Wash your clothes in cold water as much as possible. Most of the energy that is used to wash clothes is actually used in the process to heat the water.

173. Compost your food scraps and yard waste and over time you’ll greatly improve the soil in your yard and garden, for free. Seattle Tilth has many resources to help you get started.

174. Gift an experience. Memories are so much more precious than objects. Rather than giving a friend something they probably already have, offer to take him on your favorite hike or teach her a new skill.

175. Recycle your holiday bows, wrapping paper and containers and use them again next year.

176. Save money and ditch the useless cardboard box by buying cereal in plastic bags. Whole Foods has a great line of tasty and healthy options.

177. Help lower the cost of food at your grocery store and rid the world of plastic bags by bringing your own bags when you shop.

178. You can still get hormone free, affordable milk delivered in many parts of Puget Sound in eco-friendly and reusable glass bottles from Smith Brothers.

179. Whenever possible, use a sponge to mop up a mess, not paper towel. Keep sponges germ-free by tossing them in your dishwasher.

180. Help reuse and reduce your costs by using Craigslist to buy items such as tools.

181. 40% of the energy used to power consumer electronics is used when the devices such as computers are turned off. Save money on your power bill by using power strips to cut off power to several appliances or home office equipment at once.

182. Organize a magazine co-op. Pick a group of five friends, each gets a subscription to one or two magazines the whole group loves and you pass each issue around using post it notes to track who gets it next. Last stop is your health club or Friends of the Library shop.

183. Stay safe and save money with improved gas mileage by keeping your tires properly inflated and replacing worn tires. Les Schwab tire stores are happy to check your tire pressure for you at no charge.

184. Save vacation costs and help build global connections by swapping houses through HomeExchange.com.

185. Telecommute when possible to save gas.

186. Reduce impulse buying and clutter by signing up with Catalog Choice, a free service which will help you cancel catalogs you no longer need.

187. Buy BPA free, washable Born Free glass baby bottles online or at local Target stores.

188. Make your own baby food. You’ll save a ton of money and have fun. An easy way to get started is to use a hand cranked food mill you can find at local kitchen supply stores.

189. Save money and save a life by adopting your next pet from a local pet shelter. Seattle Humane Society in Bellevue, Homeward Pet in Woodinville, MEOW Cat Rescue in Kirkland and PAWS in Seattle and Lynnwood would love to help you connect with your next furry friend.

Seattle green deals190. Teach your children to always turn off the lights when they leave a room.

191. Before your next vacation, research your ecotourism and sustainable tourism options. You might save a little money and will also a more deep and meaningful experience. A good place to start is the Sierra Club service trip program.

192. Terracycle creates super cool products from recycled materials, often collected by kids as fundraisers. You can find out more about their super cool collection programs and products on their website.

193. When you purchase high quality used furniture you not only save money but also old growth wood, as many fine furniture pieces are made still from non-sustainable wood sources.

194. Purchase organic, fair trade coffee. Safeway and Fred Meyer usually have one popular brand of organic, fair trade coffee on sale each week.

195. Organize a book swap at your kids’ school. Have kids bring in a gently used books they enjoyed at their current reading level, reserve the gym during lunch, set up tables with books by reading level and kids can “shop” on their lunch hour. Let teachers and librarians also “shop”. Donate the leftovers to local charities.

196. When purchasing jewelry, save money, support safe working mining practices and save precious resources by buying recycled or vintage gold. Learn more about making better choices at nodirtygold.org.

197. Keep healthy snacks in your car for yourself and your kids in a small travel cooler including fruit, low fat string cheese, turkey or beef jerky, rice cakes, bagels and packets of almond butter to avoid a trip through the fast food line for a quick bite. You’ll save calories as well as money.

198. Help reuse resources, avoid supporting sweatshops and save money by purchasing your and your kids’ clothing from consignment and thrift stores whenever possible.

199. When shopping for a new home, consider what you’ll save in time, energy and money by living in a neighborhood with high density that offers access to schools, work and services within walking distance or serviced by mass transit.

200. While eco-friendly dry cleaning options are growing, the best way to avoid the expense and many chemicals the traditional dry cleaning process requires to not purchase clothing that requires dry cleaning.

201. Breastfeed instead of formula. Its not always easy to get started, but breast is best and you’ll save a ton of money and money if you breastfeed for the first six months of life.

202. March is the month to save money and have fun with your kids watching things grow by starting your garden tomato, pumpkins, cucumbers and bean in an egg container with some organic potting soil.

203. A study by the Center for Environmental Health found that some vinyl lunch boxes may contain high levels of lead. Reuseit sells lunch bags and boxes made from sustainable materials, free of chemicals at affordable prices.

204. When you are traveling, log on to localharvest.org to find the best farmer’s markets, farm stands and u-picks in the areas you’ll be visiting for locally grown, inexpensive food.

205. Don’t support fishing practices that are damaging the oceans. Scan the weekly sales then get a printable Seafood Watch Pocket Guide from the Montery Bay Aquarium.

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