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Waste Not, Want Not: Landscaping For Free

As the saying goes… “waste not, want not.”
We live in a society that wastes everything from bruised fruit to clothing that is no longer in style. Wasting has literally become ‘normal’ in today’s American society. For example, when we told my dad that we only put out a bag of trash every 2 weeks, he looked at us like we had 3 heads, but its true. We try to repurpose items and recycle whenever possible. We’re not uber-environmentalists, we’re just people who feel bad throwing away items with lots of life left in them. Not only is it bad for the environment, it’s also bad for our pocket book. I’ve told you before about my love for resources such as Freecycle, which allows members of your community to advertise free items they would like to get rid of or receive, but this week I’d like to bring you another great example of ‘waste not, want not’ in action…
Do you see the fire pit in the picture above? Do you see the beautiful lush green grass around it? How would you feel if I told you we received over 1500 square feet of sod for FREE this month? It’s true. We saved hundreds of dollars by using the scrap sod leftover by a landscaping company working in our neighborhood. Normally these scrap pieces would have been left to dry out and die. On top of that, the landscape workers were actually quite pleased to find out they could just drop the scraps off at our house instead of hauling them away. It was a win-win situation. My husband and I spent about 3 hours piecing together the sod scraps in our backyard and saved hundreds of dollars in the process while beautifying a space that we hadn’t gotten around to seeding yet.
“Waste not, want not.” Try it out. Look around you. What items are going to waste in your home, community & city? How can you save resources and money with the “waste not, want not” principle? We’d love to hear about your successes in the comments below! 🙂

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