Bag Lady

When I first started thinking about whether paper or plastic was better, I always chose plastic because a clearcut is easier to envision as harmful. I’ve been diligently toting my own grocery bags for about a decade. Portland continues to attempt a ban, and amazingly Mexico City beat us to the punch with its recent plastic bag ban.


Like most, I have a reuse collection. We even have an abundance these days, since Girly’s cloth diapers are wrapped up in old bags in a smell proof box that I tote back and forth on the bus each day. We manage to reuse the bags once more for our Doggy.


Lately there’s been more and more media attention about the ocean of trash and dangers of plastic bags to wildlife. Below is a mockumentary on the “The Majestic Plastic Bag,” and it’s truly worth 4 minutes of your day. I haven’t shown my kiddos yet, but I think it would be a good visual lesson.





Will this help you remember your bags?


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The story of a family creating an abundant and sustainable life.

School Choice

This is the first week of school for many. I know that all the advertisers want you to believe that it’s about shopping, but it’s really about engaging your child in a lifelong love of learning. Yet, finding the right school is often easier in theory than practice. 
Since our kiddos are in the Wobbler and O.P. (Older Preschool) classrooms, my musings are more hypothetical. Next year will be our first big lesson in school choice. Unfortunately, our local elementary doesn’t have the best reputation, so I’m still not sure whether we will try it out.


I can hardly wait for our final child care “tuition” payments, so it’s hard to imagine paying for elementary school. 


Here are few articles that are helping shape my choice:
Finding a Great School
Public vs. Private
My Million Dolloar Question


Do you kids attend public or private school?
Is private school really worth the price?




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The story of a family creating an abundant and sustainable life.

Benefiting

Just a friendly reminder to turn in any flexible spending receipts by Sep 30th. I know I should have really sent it in by July 1, but I’m proud to say that I didn’t procrastinate to the 11th hour this year. I’m looking forward to my last sixty bucks being reimbursed.


As a follow-up on my post about Maxing Benefits, I have really been enjoying my flexing spending reimbursement credit card. It’s been as easy as I imagined, and I smile to myself every time I use it knowing that I’ve reduced my tedious paperwork.


Unfortunately, I’m home with my Big Guy for the second day of full blown strep throat. All night fevers are not my favorite way of expressing my motherly love. Sadly, any illness always reminds me of the true benefit I have of being able to take my kiddos to the doctor and buy insurance covered tax-free meds.


Do you feel grateful for your benefits?


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Sustainable Family Finances
The story of a family creating an abundant and sustainable life.

Treebate

Some people are treehuggers, but I’m a genuine riverlover. So, I was excited to learn about a new “Love Your River” campaign, and will keep you posted about any family finance related actions.


I know not all of you are from Portland, but I want to share about “Treebates” that are available to plant trees: small $10, medium $20, large $50. This is a great incentive to plant trees to shade your home and watch grow with your family. As the saying goes, “the best time to plant a year was twenty years ago, the second best time is now!”


Here’s a fun little video about “50 Ways to Love Your River:”




How do you love your river?


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Sustainable Family Finances
The story of a family creating an abundant and sustainable life.