Thursday, April 29, 2021

Saving Money Through a More Sustainable Lifestyle

Saving Money Through a More Sustainable Lifestyle

Thursday April 22. 2021 17:13

When you think about sustainable living, the first thing that may come to mind is spending more money. From specially marketed eco-friendly products to organic produce, trying to live sustainably might result in an unsustainable budget. However, there are a few ways you can actually save money by making better lifestyle choices.


Create a Budget You Can Stick To

You have probably heard you need a budget if you want to save money but creating one and sticking to it can be easier said than done. That’s why you’ll want to make one with realistic expectations in mind. For example, if you spend $600 a month on food for your family, it’s not realistic to expect to cut that down to $200, especially if it’s the first try.


Gather receipts and look at how much you’re already spending in each category. Then, gradually reduce how much you spend on each one and see how low you can realistically expect to go. If you want to quickly save money off your monthly expenses, look into things like refinancing debt. You can refinance your existing student loans into new ones with the help of private lenders. You can use a student loan refinance calculator to understand what you’ll pay each month.


Spend More Time Doing Food Prep

You might think that living sustainably is more expensive because of the cost of purchasing better food. However, there are other ways to save while still making sustainable choices. Instead of serving quick meals you can grab from the freezer, consider doing a bit of meal prep each day with fresh ingredients. When you put more time into the process, you’ll be able to save more time. Consider setting aside a few hours each week to do meal planning and preparation and freeze any leftovers for future dinners. Part of this time should also include tracking leftovers in the fridge not to go to waste.


When you make the shopping list, try to make it reasonably specific. After creating the meal plan for that week, look through the fridge and pantry to see what you already have on hand and then put the things you’ll need on the grocery list. You could create a master list of recipes and dishes you enjoy and then pick a few of those to serve each week. If your local grocery store offers sale ads, you could do your meal planning based on what’s on sale that week.


Use Only One Type of Cleaner

You can find a range of cleaning products designed to be more eco-friendly, and they are often specialized for certain surfaces in the home. However, by picking one cleaning product for multiple areas, you’ll be able to save money in the process. Try mixing up some water, rubbing alcohol, and essential oils to create a spray for the bathrooms, counters, showers, and other areas. It sanitizes the area and will get rid of grease and other spills in these places. Plus, it’s relatively cheap to make.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Vertx Launches New Shorts Just in Time for Spring

(The new Vertx VTX1211 Shorts. IMG Vertx)

U.S.A. - ( - Vertx, a leading manufacturer of low-profile tactical apparel and accessories, is excited to announce the launch of the Cutback Short in two different lengths, 11” inseam and 8.5” inseam. Designed with the same features as the Cutback Pant including 37.5 Active Particle Technology, the shorts are ideally suited for missions in warmer weather. Both lengths are now available online at and in-store. Customers can find their nearest dealer using the Vertx store locator at


“Pants aren’t always a viable option for end-users on the job in warm weather conditions,” said Denny Bogard, GM/VP of Vertx.  “The Cutback Short gives them all the features they need in a garment that can keep them cool and dry without standing out.”


The Cutback Shorts are built to emulate an everyday casual short but include all the pocketing you’ve come to expect from Vertx. The shorts feature eight exterior pockets lined with durable and highly breathable mesh to reduce hotspots created by stashing gear. Their two angled rear yoke pockets and two side utility pockets fit standard rifle mags and smartphones while the rear pockets are outfitted with wallet traps to secure wallet, ID, or travel documents. Inside, three strategically located mini stash pockets are ideal for pre-loading important small items up to 2” inches long. Eight belt loops have concealed DropLoop pass-throughs that accommodate flexible restraints or can be used as tether points for lanyards and keyrings. The shorts are available in two lengths that suit your situation or your style.


The 8.5” Short is available in Desert Tan and Spine Grey and the 11” Short in Shock Cord and Exhaust. The Shorts retail for $64.99 MSRP online and in-store. Learn more about the Cutback Shorts and the rest of the Vertx line at


Vertx is a premier tactical and outdoor brand for the modern-day prepared professional. Vertx designs world-class apparel, bags, and packs that are created by best-in-class designers to combine a low visual profile with superior functionality. Since its inception in 2009, Vertx has earned trust among the nation’s top operators for exceptional performance, fit, and durability. Vertx is a brand of Fechheimer, a Berkshire Hathaway Company.