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Cheapskate Tip 1: Go for a hike.

A bit of nature is a healthful and bonding experience – whether on a first date or out with the family.  It is easy on your wallet, too.

Cheapskate Tip 2: Drink Scottsdale Tap Water (filtered or not)

$1.65 buys a water bottle or 1,000 gallons of Scottsdale tap water.  Buy a re-useable bottle and fill it 1,200 times for $1.  Scottsdale Water performs 17,500 tests on water samples annually.

Cheapskate Tip 3:  Buy a gift that saves time and elephants, too. 

From birthdays to bar mitzvahs, retirement parties to baby showers: everyone loves a baby elephant.  Giving the gift of an “adopted” orphan elephant, helps ensure that our future includes elephants by supporting the internationally respected Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Or donate to local: Liberty Wildlife, Phoenix Herpetological Society, Southwest Wildlife, or Wild At Heart. Or pick from many other wildlife adoption programs.

Cheapskate Tip 4: Need to go to Target? Don’t!

Make a list and only shop every 2nd or 3rd time and you will have made do without many of your ‘needs’.

 Cheapskate Tip 5: Plant a vegetable garden from recycled kitchen waste.

Don’t toss the bottom part of green onions, chives, and leeks.   Plant these into a pot or garden and enjoy!.  Tops of pineapples and lettuce roots work.  Avocado seeds and old sweet potatoes make for nice outdoor plants. (pineapple).

 Cheapskate Tip 6: Birthday Party Saving’s Tip

Skip goody bags, over-packaged plastic ‘stuff’, and candy wrappers, too.  Give each party goer a simpler and healthy gifts like a jump rope or coloring book.

Cheapskate Tip 7: Exterminate your extermination service.

Pay a kid – yours or a neighbors – a buck to remove unwanted visitors. Pesticide application is costing you more than a monthly fee. Pesticides are expensive, kill some 64 million American birds every year, and are unhealthy for pets, kids, and you

Cheapskate Tip 8: Consider an Arizona Holiday

Planes, trains, & rented automobiles got the best of your vacation? Arizona is a spectacular State. Remember, much of the world is trying to get here. Staycations cost and pollute less and contribute to our local economy.

Cheapskate Tip 9: Update your wardrobe and home décor with gently used clothes and furniture.

Consignment shops are eclectic and fun. Often there are tremendous savings to be found. For the real cheapskate, skip the middle-man and trade kids clothing, books, & toys with neighbors!

Cheapskate Tip 10: Next time you are missing an ingredient for dinner, borrow from a neighbor.

Starting your car from cold dramatically increases the amount of pollutants in the air.  I always sent my kids knocking when I needed an ingredient.  It saves money, time, and my kids knew every neighbor.  Knowing neighbors makes us happier and according to police departments…. reduces crime.

Democracy in Scottsdale

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This Memorial Day, I invite the supporters of the DDC to join our City’s inspiring Preserve movement and CELEBRATE the tens of thousands of citizens that signed the POP petition, EMBRACE a public vote, and proudly join our effort to DEFEND DEMOCRACY! signed the POP petition, EMBRACE a public vote, and proudly join our effort to DEFEND DEMOCRACY!

Governor Christine Todd Whitman Offers Wisdom and Guidance

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Preserving open space isn’t just about nature and quality of life. It is big business and Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve is proof. The Preserve, preserved, is a top reason that visitors return again and again fueling Scottsdale’s lucrative tourism industry. Furthermore, many visitors turn into tax paying, local business supporting snowbirds. New Jersey’s first woman Governor, Christine Todd Whitman, is case in point.  More

Our Gift to the Future

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Wide open spaces and wildlife is the most valuable legacy we can leave our children.  Public land should always remain in the public domain and we have to be united against those seeking to profit by privatizing it.  In this photo, Scottsdale’s greenbelt eagle lifts off with breakfast.  Photo courtesy of Scottsdale’s Mark Koster.  Public Lands = Healthy & Happy Constituents both wild & human.

Public Trust

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SEEN: Mayor Manross walking door to door collecting Protect Our Preserve signatures! “Public Trust” happens when elected officials REPRESENT their constituents. When private interests get public dollars, Scottsdale loses…..

An $800 Million Problem & a 17,000 Voter Opportunity

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At the upcoming Tuesday Scottsdale City Council meeting, councilmembers are likely to approve a $350 million bond question for the November ballot. If approved by the voters, the bond will allow the city to start chipping away at the $800 million of unfunded infrastructure needs.  The bond request coincides with a monumental citizen effort to protect the McDowell Sonoran Preserve from the city council majority-backed, $68 million Desert Edge/DDC.  Keep Reading

Bucket Full of Holes

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There is no point in filling a bucket full of holes. City Council can’t borrow or tax us out of our financial hole unless they end wasteful spending first. Voters should pass the $350 million infrastructure bond when City Council commits to ending all public funding for the private interest, $68 million DeserEdge.  READ MORE

A Tale of Two Charities

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A Tale of Two Charities: After 35 years and tens of thousands of wildlife lives saved and far-too-many-educational programs to even count- Liberty Wildlife finally has a building. The award winning facility is built on industrial wasteland that they restored back to health benefiting the entire community. The cost to tax payers: $0. By contrast, the Desert Discovery Center Scottsdale Inc, has zero programs, expects tax payers to fund $68 million worth of infrastructure on pristine, tax payer funded Sonoran desert. Without serving a single person in our community, the DDCS (a charity) has already cost tax payers millions. Charities, as Liberty Wildlife so elegantly demonstrates, should SERVE and ENRICH a community…. READ MORE

Invasive Plants that endanger our Sonoran Desert

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The Sonoran Desert evolved without fire because there was nothing much to burn!  Residential landscaping plants – such a buffel grass – are aggressively invading our Preserve crowding out native plants and creating a severe fire threat which kills our majestic saguaros and other desert inhabitants.  Make sure and remove these invaders from your yard and encourage neighbors and HOAs to do the same.  More Info: Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum/Buffel Grass