Electronics Recycling Day at SPAC

Recycle E-Waste and Electronics

Get rid of the old electronics you have sitting around and even help a local Saratoga Non-Profit Organization. There is a recycling day on October 24th, here in Saratoga!

October 24th
9am – 12:00 noon
SPAC Parking lot

Sponsored by Sustainable Saratoga, which is an amazing group doing wonderful things right here in Saratoga Springs and the surrounding area.

So the recycling event with be $5 to enter the recycling areas at SPAC . Think of it as you are giving a $5 donation and getting in for free. All the funds they raise will be put toward their local projects and advocacy, so we don’t mind donating to them. (more…)

Get Rid of Old, Dusty, Crusty, E-Waste

Finding a place to recycle unwanted electronics, e-waste, in Saratoga County is really difficult! Luckily, I did all the searching and calling for you!! After moving, twice in less than a year, I have really started to appreciate the idea of having less stuff. Why did we move a bunch of old electronics stuff? Old CD disc changers, VCR’s, old speakers, broken Ryobi drill batteries and chargers, an old fashioned tv? (more…)

Best Place to Return Cans and Bottles in Saratoga Springs

Redeemable bottles and cans help landfills just store garbage.

Redeemable bottles and cans help landfills just store garbage.

It is important to return cans and bottles because it is a great way to keep them out of the landfills. And it helps that we can make a little money too. If you are like us, you wait to return your bottles until you have 12 garbage bags full taking up all the space in the garage.

So where do can you take all those bags bottles to return in the Saratoga Area?

There are a few options in the Saratoga area, some are easier than others.


Self Serve Machines are fun but not always quick. Once you deposit all your bottles, press the button for a slip to bring to registers to redeem.

Self Serve Machines are fun but not always quick. Once you deposit all your bottles, press the button for a slip to bring to registers to redeem.

Returns Self Serve Machines

Target, Walmart, Hannaford and Price Chopper/Market 32 have the machines where you put the returnables in and does the machine counting. Press the button to print your slip, take it inside and redeem for your cash. These stores usually redeem each other’s cans and bottles.

Price Chopper/Market 32 requires all bottle caps to be removed prior to returning.

Not all these stores return Aldi brands or off brands. They tend to only return what they sell and large competitors store brands. There is usually a recycling bin close by to throw the other brands into so they are still recycled, but you won’t earn your nickel.

Aldi returns their own bottles, but I’m not sure if they redeem other brands. I’ll check it out.


Buy more Clynk bags

More Clynk bags can be purchased at Hannaford.

To return cans and bottles at Hannaford, use Clynk. Hannaford now uses a program called Clynk for can and bottle returns. I have not tried Clynk yet, but I read the website and can give you some information.

You create an account and get a free starter set of bags. At the kiosk you print labels with a barcode for your account. Then fill the bag with all your returnable cans and bottles, leaving enough room at the top to tie it off. You can only fill the special Clynk bags. Stick the label on your bag and head to the Hannaford near you with a clynk drop off.

My Hannaford has a great location set apart from the store to drop off Clynk bags. Scan your barcode to open the door, and throw the bag in. Done.

You can choose to donate the money or save it up. Pay for groceries or just take the cash out when ever you like. Just print a payment slip at the kiosk and bring it in to redeem. My son loved to handle all the cans and bottles for his chore and get the money from it. He could keep track of his cash on the website.

Keep track of your online account on clynk.com

More Clynk bags can be purchased at Hannaford. These were found on an endcap, as of July 2016, $1.75 for 10. The cardboard boxes shown below the green boxes of bag, open to the perfect size for Clynk bags making collecting bottles and cans easier.


MT Returnables: No longer in Saratoga
All Brands, Quick and Easy – REMOVE ALL CAPS

MT Returnables, locally owned business that makes returning cans and bottle SUPER EASY!

MT Returnables, locally owned business that makes returning cans and bottle SUPER EASY!

The BEST place we found to return cans and bottles is MT Returnables on Adelphi Street. Unfortunately, they no longer have a location in Saratoga Springs. But if you are in Corinth or Queensbury, this is the place to go!

At MT Returnables you can redeem ALL BRANDS. This is super awesome for us because we drink a ton of water bottles from Aldi. Aldi bottles are tough to return as many places do not take them.

MT Returnables have no problem with Aldi brand or any brand! As long as your cans and bottles have the NY on it, they will take it.

TAKE OFF THE CAPS! After reading their website, we learned that all the caps MUST be off. Child #2 and I spent a half an hour in a parking lot near the center removing all the bottle caps.

We pulled up with all 12 garbage bags full of bottles, carried them into the building and dumped them onto the counter. The 2 employees counted the cans and bottles so quickly, we had over 620 plastic bottles, cans and glass bottles. They gave us cash and we walked out with over $32 within minutes of pulling in. So much easier and faster than feeding one bottle at a time into a machine!!

I highly recommend going to their site and checking them out. They are a locally owned business and site has great information about how to return cans and bottles and also has fun videos showing how fast they are at bottle sorting!

Where do you return your cans and bottles? Do you like the self-serve machines? Are you a Clynk user? Let us know in the comments.

Thanks for reading! I hope this helps!  :o)

Donate Clothing and Stuff in the Saratoga Springs Area

Everyone has stuff that we don’t want anymore. Kids outgrow their clothes on a regular basis. Towels get a little worse for wear. Shoes just don’t fit right anymore. Books read a hundred times do not need to take up the shelf. How many post-it notes does one household need?

One of the fun things about moving is finding all the stuff you have accumulated. We had a bit of time to organize and sort before packing the entire house. It was a pretty fun adventure. One of my goals was to assemble like items together. Let’s talk about post-it notes. So post-its are pretty affordable and easy to find…in the stores. But when someone needed post-its for homework, phone messages or whatever why were they always gone? Well, when we started putting things in boxes, we found all the places the post-its were hiding.

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I actually moved a box of various sized post-it notes from Rochester to Saratoga Springs. Nope. Not moving it again. I found the website for The Franklin Community Center near down Saratoga Springs. They put their wish list right online and guess what! They need school supplies! I got all the “special pencils” the kids have accumulated over the past 9 years of school and goody bags. I found notepads that we didn’t need and of course the post-its! I boxed up pounds of colored paper and construction paper, goody bag pencil sharpeners and erasers. Why did all this stuff move with us? Who knows, but it’s not moving again!

Franklin Community Center doesn’t just need school supplies. Bring your donations of food, clothing and household items as well. Check out their list of needs.

I brought my boxes of school supplies to 10 Franklin Street, pulled up to the curb and unloaded all those things we didn’t need but someone else did!

I felt so awesome. I am so awesome. Let’s keep it up!

While driving around Saratoga I kept seeing multiple places to drop off clothing into big metal bins. There doesn’t seem to be any sort of bin location guide on the Internet. So if you see a bin jot it down to bring your clothing and items back and drop them off.

The Saratoga Springs Public Library would love your donations of books, CDs, and DVDs. They can not accept everything. Be sure to check out their website for more information and for drop-off times. And while you’re there, be sure to check out the shop to buy “new to you” books, CDs, and DVDs!

Shelters of Saratoga is a non-profit organization who works with homeless and at-risk members of our Saratoga Springs community. They have a wish list right on their website with toiletries, housewares, and food items that they need. Anything you don’t need anymore would be a welcome gift for those right in our own community.

Now, for the not gently used towels, I found out that the Saratoga County Animal Shelter is a wonderful place to bring donations. They have their wish list on their website with lots of items that they need. It is a beautiful facility and the people (and animals) there were so grateful for my donation.

Noah’s Attic in Ballston Spa is a great place to donate gently used clothing and other household items as they support other areas of our community. I’m pretty sure they take toys and baby items. I have not stopped at the store, but drive by and see all sorts of colorful items for sale. Check their website for more information about where and when to drop off donations.

So if you are sorting, cleaning, organizing or packing to move, you will have things you don’t need anymore. Instead of throwing things in the trash bin, bring needed items to the variety of places in our community.

Do you know any other places to donate items? Have you donated in the Saratoga Area? Tell us about your experiences in the comments below!

Thanks for reading! I hope it helps!  :o)

Saratoga Springs Utility Providers

monopoly utilities

photo: Everyday Saratoga

There are so many things to do and remember when moving to a new home. Whether you are moving across the city, across the state or across the country, some things need to be done before you can relax and enjoy living in your new area. One of the most important items on the list is to set up all the utilities. Utilities are the necessary services for every home that are provided by towns, cities and companies.

Turn on the Powerlight bulb

In the Saratoga Springs area, there is only 1 option for gas and electricity, National Grid. You can start or stop service right on their web site. I did not use that when we moved, I call them instead. I found their contact information right on their website Customer Support, Monday – Friday, 7:00am – 7:00pm, 1-800-642-4272.

Throw it Out

Updated 8/15/2020

There have been more trash and recycling companies added to the area. The totes I see the most around my neighborhood and others are Twin Bridges Waste and Recycling. I have not see many, but I also know Waste Management is in the area too.

I only found two trash services for my neighborhood, Casella and County Waste. They both offer garbage and recycling pickup service at your home. I called each one and get the prices and sizes of the totes they offered. We have much more recycling than trash, so we went with the biggest recycling tote and a regular sized trash tote.

Both companies offer “single stream recycling” which means you don’t have to sort out your recyclables, you just dump them all in the tote. It’s very quick and convenient. Between my experience and seeing what all the neighbors have, I love that the recycling containers in this area are all totes. I don’t have to carry down multiple bins and stack them up at the end of the driveway. I can fill the recycling tote as heavy as I want and I can still roll it down to the street.

Let’s Watch


Time Warner has been bought by Spectrum.

There are 3 “TV” providers in the Saratoga Springs Area. If you want regular cable TV, your option is Spectrum (no longer Time Warner Cable). The other options are Dish Network and DIRECTV. Someone from the DIRECTV local company came to the house and looked for the “Line of Sight” to the Satellite from our roof to make sure we could get DIRECTV. We have too many trees in our yard (for now) so we can only choose Time Warner Cable.

Get Online

Verizon Fios is NOT available in the Saratoga Springs area yet. Albany NY has it so we are hopeful that it’s coming soon. But in the meantime, Spectrum (no longer Time Warner Cable) offers their Road Runner program and Verizon High Speed offers DSL service. With any Internet Service Provider, you need to choose the package that is right for you and your needs. There are different types of hardware you may need and some you can buy for yourself and some require you to use what they provide. Be sure to collect all the information when deciding how to get online at your home.


If you are living within the Saratoga Springs School District, depending on which town you reside, there are many different options for your water utility. This one is a bit tricky.

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Do you have more to add to the list? Have you tried the automated way of setting up any utilities? Give us a shout in the comments!

Thanks for reading! I hope it helps!  :o)


A Day Visit to Fort Ticonderoga

If you are looking for something to do in the Saratoga Springs area the historic Fort Ticonderoga is only about and hour and half from Saratoga Springs. The Fort has been renovated based on pictures to resemble the Fort built in the late 1750’s by the French.

Living Museum actors explain cooking in this oven made from a pile of dirt at Fort Ticonderoga.

Living Museum actors explain cooking in this oven made from a pile of dirt at Fort Ticonderoga.

The living museum is a wonderful asset as knowledgeable and skilled men and women speak to you about the Fort and the way of life. The actors portray their roles so knowledgeably while they talk about their trade, their lifestyle and answer questions. You really are immersed into the culture.

We chose a special weekend for our visit, “THE ENEMY ATTACKED US AT DAYBREAK” BROWN’S RAID WEEKEND LIVING HISTORY EVENT. A full day of activities, lectures, displays, music, and cannon fire made for a fun and educational experience. They have different programs through their season so be sure to check out the calendar to see what would be fun for you and your family.


Fife and Drum at Fort Ticonderoga

There are buildings where actors are performing day to day activities of the time period. You can wander through the museums full of artifacts and information. There is a wonderful hands area in the Mars Education Center where kids of all ages can try their skills.
There are snacks and drinks at the Museum Store inside the Log House Welcome Center, as well as the Fort Cafe, a sit down restaurant. The store has tons of awesome memorabilia including maps, books, puzzles, action figures, t-shirts and of course play guns and more.

Fort Ticonderoga firing cannon at mountain top enemy.

Fort Ticonderoga firing cannon at mountain top enemy.

There are public bathrooms in both the Museum Store and the Mars Education Center. There is an elevator in the Mars Education Center. There are stairs to get up to the second level of the fort. The upper level is where the actors shot the cannon and where much of the museum artifacts are housed. I did not see an elevator for the main building.

The Fort is open from early May to late October. Be sure to look at the videos they have on their web site, they are fantastic! People have worked very hard to share our history and did a professional job with educational videos.

Plan your visit to Fort Ticonderoga to go back to the Revolutionary War. Learn more about our history, the weapons used, and the lifestyle these men and women had. Listen to exciting accounts of what happened so long ago.

Have you been to Fort Ticonderoga? Did you go for a special event? Share your stories and thoughts about Fort Ticonderoga in the comments.

Thanks for reading.  I hope it helps!  :o)

Guide to Restaurants in Saratoga Springs NY

Huge list of Restaurants in downtown Saratoga Springs

With so many choices for food and drinks in downtown Saratoga Springs, it’s hard to make a decision on where to go. I hope this list of all the restaurants, cafes, drinks places, bars, desserts places, and all the spots to go to fill your belly, will help you pick out the place to try or revisit today!

“What should we do for dinner?” Next is the Google search, which did give some restaurants in Saratoga. But what I did NOT find was a web site with quick links to food places sites in Saratoga.

So, I decided to make one.

Here are the restaurants in Saratoga Springs including links to web sites, Facebook pages and yelp reviews.

What restaurants do you go to in Saratoga Springs? Are there any missing from the list? Let us know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading! I hope this helps!  :o)

Musical Instrument Supplies, Rentals and Repair in Saratoga Springs

Find information about music supplies, sheet music and buying, renting, and repairing musical instruments in the Saratoga Springs area.

Both of my kids play instruments in the school band, and of course instruments frequently need maintenance. Child #1 plays the flute and Child #2 plays the Tenor Sax.

Of course, I start every search online, so I went to Google. In Saratoga Springs there are two places that come up in Google, Saratoga Guitar and Music Center and Cole’s Woodwind Shop, I have visited both.

Saratoga Guitar has two Saratoga locations, 75 Weibel Ave and 480 Broadway LL10. Don’t let the name fool you, Saratoga Guitar does much more than guitars. I have purchased last minute supplies when they still had the West Ave location for the Sax, including reeds and 2 mouthpieces so far.

Saratoga Guitar is THE place to go for instrument rentals it used to be at the 60 West Ave location. I was there the other day while a young lady was excitedly receiving her clarinet. They provide area schools with band and orchestra rentals.

When you need supplies for your instruments from reeds to neck straps, mouthpieces to cleaning supplies, Saratoga Guitar is the place to go. The saxophone things we need are always in stock, which is awesome because buying a mouthpiece on the way to the band concert can be stressful!
Saratoga Guitar sells the band books of sheet music the kids need for school. They also have a large stock of sheet music to play for fun! If they DON’T have the sheet music you need, they can ORDER it for you.

Child #1 needed some maintenance on her flute as well as a good cleaning. The people at Saratoga Guitar recommended calling Bill at Cole’s Woodwind Shop right on Phila Street and it is the perfect place. Bill repaired and cleaned the flute in just a few days and at an affordable price. They were able to give me an estimate up front so I knew exactly what would be done and how much it would cost.

Check out the photo page of Cole’s Woodwind web site to see all sorts of famous musicians who love Bill’s work. SPAC hosts so many types of musical performances and Bill looks like the go to guy for instrument repair. There are pictures with musicians from the New York Philharmonic to the Dave Matthews Band. Bill Cole has a fascinating story and has repaired instruments from the Saratoga Springs High School band and the famous band Chicago.

Thanks to Saratoga Guitar and Music Center and Cole’s Woodwind Shop, my kids have all the supplies they need to have fun playing their instruments. Repair and maintenance right here in Saratoga is convenient and easy.

Have you experienced the customer service at these locations? Tell us about it in the comments below. Where do you go for instrument needs in the area? Is there anywhere else?

Thanks for reading. I hope this helps!  :o)

5 More Places to Find Pokemon in Areas Surrounding Saratoga Springs

There are Pokemon spawning in areas around Saratoga Springs, NY. Don’t just stick to the downtown Saratoga area, head out to towns outside of Saratoga Springs.

Pokemon Go was intended to get people out and walking. And another benefit of the super active game is to get out exploring areas you may have never been to before. It’s exciting to drive to a place known for awesome or rare Pokemon.

Here are some places you may not have tried yet, but cool Pokemon show up there often.

Saratoga Spa State Parksaratoga-spa-state-park-sign

If you are looking for Bulbasaurs and Machops, get yourself to the Saratoga Spa State Park. Bulbasaurs are spawning all over including the entrance off South Broadway. Multiple Machops can be caught in the parking lot for the Gideon Putnam Hotel and the drop off circle in front of the hotel. (Don’t linger though, as I’m not sure how happy the hotel is with Poke Trainers hanging out in front of their hotel). Keep wandering the park because Bulbasaurs have been spawning behind the Automobile Museum and you can catch them while just driving and walking around the park.

Ballston Spa

Head to Ballston Spa and be sure to drive down Front Street. There are 3 Pokestops close together near Milton Ave and Front Street. Be sure to drive all the way to the end of Front Street to the little building that houses a spring. There are 2 Pokestops, one is a walking trail and the other is the Old Iron Spring. Especially when Lured, Magicarps, Polywags, Goldeens and Starus have been caught while walking around the area. While you are there, check out the Gym at the Saratoga County Historical Museum, team ownership changes frequently.

Wilton Place Plaza

There is a great Pokemon spawning place on Route 50 in Wilton, just outside Saratoga Springs. Wilton Place Plaza is home to Chipolte, Hattie’s Chicken Shack, Five Guys, AT&T, Sports Clips, Aspen Dental, and more. As you pull in you will see a road that connects this plaza with the Market 32 plaza. As you pull into the Market 32 parking lot you will see some cool Pokemon. Tauros, Meowth, Ghastly, and even Squirtle have been caught there. This isn’t a good place for walking because it is a parking lot, so please be careful.

Saratoga Lake

Dratini and Dragonair were caught right on Route 9p, which runs alongside Saratoga Lake. Not only is it a scenic drive along the water, but some interesting Pokemon spawn there too. Drive slowly as the road is curvy, but you never know what Pokemon you may find.

Lake George

There are plenty of souvenir shops and mini-golf places in Lake George. Did you know that Magicarps hang out in Lake George too? As you walk around the main street area make sure you head down Beach Road. It runs between the lake and Fort William Henry. Magicarps, Horseas, Goldeens and other water type Pokemon can be found. And while you are there, be sure to check out the supernatural Mystery Spot in Lake George right near the Visitors Center.

Where have you been catching Pokemon? Any new places where you found rare and cool Pokemon? Let us know in the comments!

Thanks for reading. I hope this helps!  :o)