Sus­tain­abil­ity Tips

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Hav­ing trou­ble start­ing a fire? Try us­ing a touch of hand san­i­tizer on the logs. It’s made largely of highly flammable al­co­hol, but don’t over do it or you may catch more than the wood on fire.

If you're trapped out­doors or in your car and stuck, and the tem­per­a­ture drops so much that you're in dan­ger of freez­ing to death, stuff news­pa­per be­neath your clothes all over your body from head to toe. News­pa­per is highly in­su­lat­ing and can save your life. Or layer any ma­te­rial you do have. Even bet­ter, al­ways travel with an emer­gency blan­ket and a small emer­gency can­dle heater.

Ambesol, be­cause it is a numb­ing agent, can re­liev­ing the itch and re­duce the swelling of bug bites. Basil oil is also good on many folks for bee stings. But th­ese only work if you do not have an al­ler­gic re­ac­tion.

If you in­jure your­self far from help, and you have a fem­i­nine san­i­tary nap­kin at the ready, you can use it to ef­fec­tively soak up the bleed­ing, but put pres­sure on the wound to also help slow bleed­ing.

Keep a few can of 4-cy­cle ethanol-free gaso­line in the trunk of your car. If you run out of gas you'll have enough to get to a gas sta­tion. TrueFuel, Briggs & Stratton, and VP are good choices.

Look­ing to save money? Think about can­cel­ing that satel­lite TV and sign up for the much lower cost DVD ser­vice Net­flix. An­other way to save money is to buy used cars, and never carry a bal­ance on a credit card.

Do a lit­tle “prep­ping” to as­sure that you have the ba­sics no mat­ter what. This means drink­ing water for the en­tire fam­ily and your pets, enough food for at least three days, shel­ter from bad weather, and some way to pro­vide heat and light. Camp­ing sup­plies are great for this, with freeze dried meals.

Part of a sus­tain­able life is hav­ing some kind of lo­cal sup­port. A great way to get this is from your lo­cal church. You can also get sup­port from lo­cal se­nior cen­ters. Also think about vol­un­teer­ing—the lo­cal fire depart­ment, lo­cal li­brary and other lo­cal ser­vices of­ten need help. And that in­cludes ad­min­is­tra­tive help as well as hands-on work.

Be­come sea­sonal to keep your gro­cery bill a lit­tle bit lower. Buy straw­ber­ries in sea­son (early spring) and but­ter­nut squash in the win­ter. Look for fresh lo­cal pro­duce at the farmer’s mar­ket—it puts money into the lo­cal econ­omy and al­most al­ways costs less.

Cook more meals from scratch, and look to in­te­grate more veg­eta­bles and fresh in­gre­di­ents. Look for easy recipes that look tasty. Soups and pasta dishes are of­ten easy, and a casse­role is a great meal to make to share.

Think about some home­crafts to make your gifts in­stead of buy­ing them. Plants are a great gift. Take up quilt­ing or pot­tery. Maybe do a lit­tle paint­ing. You may find a hid­den tal­ent that leads even to a sec­ond ca­reer that can help pay the bills. If noth­ing else, you may just find a way to en­joy your life more—and that’s one of the key se­crets to a longer life. ►◄

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