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Prefab Houses Go Green


Eco-friendly designs are helping modular homes lose their low-rent image.


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20 Ways to Save Green by Going Green (Deal of the Day)


Retailers offer discounts for eco-friendly practices, but savings can be slim.


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5 Sites to Find Green Coupons (Deal of the Day)


Cut the costs of organic and other eco-friendly items.

Americans seem to think so. Last year, largely because of recession belt-tightening, about a third of Americans regularly bought green products — the same level as 2008, and a reversal of the double-digit growth that characterized the green market between 2007 and 2008, according to market researcher Mintel.

While the majority of shoppers aren’t willing to pay a premium for eco-friendly goods, the committed green shopper is — and calculates that savings can accrue over the life of a product, says Brian Howard, the founder of TheDailyGreen.com, an eco-living site. He cites compact fluorescent bulbs as one example. Other items, like organic produce, offer perceived value in health and environmental benefits.

To broaden the number of eco-friendly customers, manufacturers and retailers are taking some steps to drive down prices. “Manufacturers have become very aggressive with couponing,” says Mark Kastel, the co-director and senior farm policy analyst for The Cornucopia Institute, a research group that promotes sustainable and organic farming. A growing number of sites where consumers can find coupons for green goods, range from CouponSherpa.com, which offers print-at-home organic and natural grocery coupons, to retailers like as Kroger and Safeway.

Here are five places to look:

1) Mambo Sprouts

Mambo Sprouts offers several options for consumers to get manufacturers’ coupons for organic, natural and other foods, Kastel says. For registered users, the site will send free mailed booklets; alternatively, it will direct shoppers to a nearby supermarket where the booklets can be picked up in person. There is also a section on the site to print out coupons, though not all stores accept home-printed coupons.

2) Manufacturer sites

Browse the sites of your favorite organic and eco-friendly brands — odds are good there will be some kind of print-out coupon, online code or loyalty program for savings and even free products, says Teri Gault, the founder of shopping site The Grocery GameEarth’s BestOrganic Valley and Seventh Generation all have pages of print-at-home coupons. Stoneyfield also has a reward program, offering points when you enter codes found on its products. (One six-ounce cup of organic yogurt yields one point.) Rewards include two free six-ounce cups of yogurt for 15 points and a Seventh Generation disinfectant combo pack for 70 points.

3) CouponSherpa.com

This site offers a free smartphone app that pulls up coupons for nearby businesses, Howard says. (Offerings include local stores as well as big chains including Barnes & Noble (BKS: 23.00, +0.67, +3.00%) and Zale (ZLC: 3.40, +0.22, +6.91%).) Shoppers need to click to pull up the coupon on their phone, and then show it to the cashier for the discount. CouponSherpa.com regularly has a section of print-at-home organic and natural grocery coupons, and for Earth Day they also have a special page of eco-friendly deals.

4) RetailMeNot.com

One of the experts’ go-to sites, RetailMeNot.com tags coupons and codes into categories including “green,” “organic,” “eco,” “natural” and “environment,” depending on what items you’ll find at that retailer or the nature of the coupon. Current deals include a code for 15% off at green living site Gaiam.com and $2 off any Kashi product.

5) Supermarket sites

Many big-name supermarkets are joining the online coupon trend, offering manufacturers’ coupons as well as exclusive deals on their own labels, including store-brand organics. Those deals are held to the same organic standards as brand-name products but cost 30% to 50% less, Gault says. Giant EagleWhole FoodsKroger, and Safeway all have pages. Many stores also offer the green option of letting shoppers attach coupons to a store-loyalty account instead of printing them. Shoppers swipe their cards at checkout and eligible coupons are automatically credited to their account.

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Ethical Investing – Green Or Not, How Do You Choose?


As with most of the financial services industry, the need to be cynical with ethical investing is encouraged. The minute we were told that gases from our fridges were hurting our environment our bank accounts began the unleashing of taxes the like of which we have never seen before. Easy come. To speak about green or ethical investments is seen to be inappropriate. View full post on Investing Articles from EzineArticles.com

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Green Tax Deductions


Going green can not only help the environment but also put more green in your wallet. Stephanie Hines, tax senior manager at BDO Seidman, tells Dow Jones’ Veronica Dagher about “green” tax incentives available for individuals.


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Green Technologies – Not For Today’s Investor


While Green technologies and Energy alternatives may have a place for investors in the very far future, it is simply not realistic to even begin to think about investing in Green Energy alternatives. Green alternatives are costly, and it will take many years for the proper technologies to be developed that will enable the real exploration of Green Energy. Environmentalists and supporters of Green Energy site solar power, wind power and biofuels as viable alternatives, but the fact remains that there is no place in the market for these alternatives as of yet. View full post on Investing Articles from EzineArticles.com

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