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Old collections: basement fodder or cool display?

I have a lot of Speech and Debate trophies from high school. They fill up a few big plastic tubs in my parents' basement. They mean a lot to my nerd self and every year or so my folks ask if they can finally toss them out. Every year I just can't bring myself to do it. What do you do with collections with which you can't bear to part?

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Doing your laundry with a Japanese Hillbilly twist

You know, our grand-parents and great grandparents didn't necessarily have high efficiency washers and dryers. They had time, the sun, the wind, and Borax. So, taking a few pages from their books, I came up with my brilliant new laundry plan that, believe it or not, will only end up costing me $30 a year.

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Is recycling still worth it?

I seem to have run into an obstacle in my marriage, regarding recycling. My husband seems to be under the impression that it takes more energy to recycle a bottle, or can, or cardboard box, than it does to simply toss it in the garbage — and therefore, is not worth recycling, because it's creating more pollution than just tossing it.

So, I have some questions…