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Save more. Live more.


Ideas for making simple changes in everyday choices

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Save more. Live more.


Ideas for making simple changes in everyday choices

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Remodeling?


Your home can reflect your values without breaking the bank

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Remodeling?


Your home can reflect your values without breaking the bank

We wanted to make sure our dream kitchen also fit our budget and our lifestyle. With a little creativity, we’ve been able to remodel with a low impact on the planet and a huge bang for our buck.
— Jim, SW Portland
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Are you updating your bathroom, making room for a bigger kitchen or getting your home ready for a new family member? Whether you’re working with a contractor or doing it yourself, you can save materials and resources and incorporate your style into your project.

Give materials a second life by deconstructing rather than demolishing, and reusing or donating what’s left. If you’re doing it yourself, borrow what you need by utilizing community resources like tool libraries or rental businesses for occasional home projects. Find and incorporate items you love and want to repurpose - vintage and salvage materials provide a unique vibe to any space.

Find ideas for remodeling resourcefully in our blog.

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Growing Family?


Welcome new members into your family without the extra “stuff” 

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Growing Family?


Welcome new members into your family without the extra “stuff” 

When expecting our first baby, we were overwhelmed with lists of things we “had” to buy. By sharing, trading and buying used we’re enjoying our family without over-spending or wasting resources.
— Kerry, N Portland

Are you preparing for a new baby? A returning college student? Or an elderly parent? This time of transition naturally comes with a desire to make your home welcoming to your new family member. Portland offers many creative ways to get what you need without buying new. 

A new addition to the family may also mean a desire for more space. Swap and plays, as well as some community centers and cafes, have spaces for parents and caregivers to relax and connect, as well as play areas for kids, and can meet the need for that place to “get away” without doing costly home projects.

In addition, swap and plays provide opportunities to trade goods with other families, which can be really helpful as babies and kids grow out of items quickly. The many thrift and consignment stores in Portland are another easy way to get everything you need for a new baby or kids of all ages. 

Find ideas for growing your family without the extra “stuff” in our blog.

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Moving?


Moving can be a time to reflect on what we do (and don’t) need

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Moving?


Moving can be a time to reflect on what we do (and don’t) need

It’s been fun to personalize our new home with pre-loved and repurposed items. By saving money and reducing waste, we’ve created a home that really reflects our values.
— Debbie, NW Portland

Moving may be stressful, but it is also a good time to stop and ask yourself if you need or want to keep everything you had in your old home. For items you don’t want to take with you, having a garage or yard sale if a great way to reuse your stuff. Combine efforts with neighbors to make planning easier. After the sale, donate your leftover household, craft or clothing items so others may benefit from items you no longer need.

After moving, allow yourself a little time to get settled into your new place, and you may find new uses for some of the things you already have rather than buying new right away.

Find ideas for moving resourcefully in our blog.

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Kids in School?


Rethink how you outfit kids for school

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Kids in School?


Rethink how you outfit kids for school

Kids grow so fast - and from sports to school hobbies, it seems like there’s always something they need. By being creative we’re saving money, wasting less and teaching them about being resourceful.
— Sarah, SE Portland
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Whether it’s the start of a new school year, season, or project, it seems like kids always need something for school. Each of these times creates an opportunity to rethink how you and your family prepare for school – from the day-to-day schedule and how you get to and from school, to the clothes, food and supplies they need every day.

Consider quality over quantity for school supplies and “waste-free lunches” (such as reusable snack bags and food containers), look for recycled content products with less packaging and think about repurposing what you already have over buying new items for class. 

Find ideas to outfit your kids for school while saving money, time and resources in our blog.