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Simple, easy and money-saving ideas that also do something positive for the environment:

Make recycling a priority

Did you know the average person generates about 6 pounds of trash every single day, and that the majority of it goes to landfills? One way to help curtail the amount of trash that’s created in your home is to have one central trash can and recycling bin. Tossing garbage in the trash shouldn’t be easy; it should almost literally be a chore to add something to the garbage bin. Make the recycling bin the focal point, where members of the family have an incentive to divert trash that can be recycled. This little tip can help reduce the pounds of trash a family produces per week.

Tie a knot on that plastic bag

We all can’t be completely perfect, so when you do use a disposable plastic bag and you’re forced to toss it in the trash, do one more thing before throwing it away: Make a knot. Thin plastic bags that get caught in the wind and go airborne can end up tangled in trees and wires or become litter on the road. By simply making a large, dense knot in the plastic before tossing it, you can prevent it from being easily airborne. Of course, the best solution is to avoid plastic bags altogether, but do this if you must throw one away.


Best Small Cities to Start a Business

Personal finance site WalletHub compared the business-friendliness of more than 1,200 small-sized cities along key metrics ranging from average growth in number of small businesses to investor access to labor costs.

1. Holland, Mich.

2. St. George, Utah

3. Fort Myers, Fla.

4. Redmond, Ore.

5. Cheyenne, Wy.

6. Huntsville, Texas

7. Bozeman, Mont.

8. Aberdeen, S.D.

9. Bend, Ore.

10. Wilson, N.C.


By Chuck Sheppard

Stay in School: When the Wilkinson School in El Granada, California, received a bomb threat on the morning of April 11, it didn’t take long for administrators to empty the building of staff and students. But law officers searching the grounds found nothing — because the threatening phone call actually came from 2,100 miles away, in Woodville, Mississippi. That’s where a 15-year-old student intended to threaten her own Wilkinson County High School, reported The San Jose Mercury News, but apparently didn’t check her Google search thoroughly enough before dialing.

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