Do One Thing: Borrow Before You Buy.

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This week’s Do One Thing is about the forgotten act of borrowing. Too often we run out to the store the first time we think of something we need without considering the option of finding a place to borrow it for a short time instead. From the easiest to borrow like books, to the more difficult like tools, there might be ways to borrow what you need instead of A. spending money and B. bringing more wasteful packaging into your life. Books, CDs, & DVDs can be borrowed for free from your local library. Tools or power equipment like lawnmowers can be borrowed/shared between neighbors. Bigger-ticket items, like carpet cleaners or small tractors for construction, can often be borrowed from hardware stores. Why buy something you will use once or twice when you can borrow it and split the cost amongst multiple users? So next time you head to the store to buy something, take a moment to consider if it can be borrowed from somewhere else. Your wallet and the environment will thank you!

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  1. And, if you do decide you really need to own one, having gone the borrowing route first you will be more knowledgeable about the features you need and the brands/models that work best. How many times do we run out to buy something new only to find it’s now what we want. The best thing about this tip is that it is not only environmentally friendly but it will save you money.

  2. Recycle and reuse with Uhaul! Uhaul sells off their used cargo vans, box trucks, pickup trucks, and now car carriers. For further information see uhaul.com/trucksales.

  3. Almost all the homes in our neighborhood use the same lawn service to mow our lawns, so when they come out twice a week, they do all the homes at once. It would be nice if they had electric mowers, but on the upside, I think there’s only one neighbor who actually uses his own mower.

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