7th of 7 Ways to Zero Waste-Incentives for Using Alternatives to Plastic Shopping Bags: Frugal Fairfielder Edition

One of the best parts of living in Fairfield is living near the water. The beaches along the Long Island Sound are enjoyable during every season of the year, especially summer, of course.

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How lucky indeed! This frame was a gift from Marilyn a few years ago. We share a love for the beach.

But in the last 3 – 5 years, I’ve seen an increase in the amount of trash that washes up on the shore, mainly plastic, a lot of it is some form of a plastic bag. According to data from the Ocean Conservancy’s annual International Coastal Cleanups, plastic bags are consistently in the top 10 pieces of trash collected on beaches around the world. Continue reading “7th of 7 Ways to Zero Waste-Incentives for Using Alternatives to Plastic Shopping Bags: Frugal Fairfielder Edition”

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Decisions, Decisions…Should You Buy an Electric Car?

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The Porsche 918 Spyder Some brave soul parked their luxury hybrid at the Fairfield electric car show–it wasn’t supposed to be on display but it sure got most of the looks. Photo: TFF

Solar panels are the big thing here in Fairfield County right now. So are electric vehicles (EV). Like many people, we are also contemplating an EV for my next car for some very simple reasons: no gas and little maintenance. Continue reading “Decisions, Decisions…Should You Buy an Electric Car?”

Fairfield Beach Clean Up Restores My Faith in the Generosity of Fairfield Residents

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Fairfield Beach Clean Up: Here’s our little crew after some hard work — one of many more crews– who helped a beach area homeowner clean up her yard which was ravaged by Sandy. I don’t know any of the other people in the photo (except my son!), but we all pulled together, were kind, generous, and I was proud to be part of this effort.

My 12-year-old son and I took part in what turned out to be such a miraculous event today. The Fairfield Beach Clean Up event, organized by three friends via Facebook, grew to 1,000 volunteers who gathered at Jennings Beach and were dispersed to various beach neighborhoods to help homeowners clean up their ravaged yards. It was an eye-opener for my son, Continue reading “Fairfield Beach Clean Up Restores My Faith in the Generosity of Fairfield Residents”

Appreciating the Summer Vacationland that Fairfield, Connecticut Offers

I took this photo at sunset at Jennings Beach at the end of June, on my daughter’s birthday. Gotta love that light! We are so lucky to live here!

We’ve been back for almost a week from our vacation on Outer Cape Cod.  While it was fantastic to go away to one of our favorite places on Earth, I also think about how lucky we’ve been and are to have the beaches of Fairfield to enjoy.  Continue reading “Appreciating the Summer Vacationland that Fairfield, Connecticut Offers”

Tightwad Tuesday at Bloodroot Restaurant (Rave) Review

Marilyn and Aimee give a thumbs up to Tightwad Tuesday at Bloodroot Restaurant in Bridgeport, CT, but…here’s why…  Continue reading “Tightwad Tuesday at Bloodroot Restaurant (Rave) Review”

A Worthwhile Reality Show: CT Financial Reality Fairs for Teens

I watch my middle-schoolers budget their tiny bits of money–one is saving up for an iPad, the other just bought a used bike with his money. My daughter, who is saving up for an iPad, had to be enlightened about a few things like the tax on the item, the 1-year replacement program (must have for teens), and of course there’s the cover for the iPad. All in all, it went well over the $399 she thought she’d have to shell out. I am hoping that the CT Financial Reality Fair for Teens reaches the area’s middle schools one day!  Continue reading “A Worthwhile Reality Show: CT Financial Reality Fairs for Teens”