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Is a sustainable lifestyle centered on using less and making less waste. Preserving the Earths resources all while living well.
A common example of green living is recycling and reusing goods. Or choosing reusable storage containers versus single use items.
Is about living well on less. Cutting out the extras and saving money. Making smart choices with your hard earned paycheck.
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Going green and saving money.
You can save the planet, live green and save money all at the same time. And it is reasonably easy to do. You just need to make some minor changes to your daily activities.
For example instead of buying bottled water, swap it up for a stainless steel reusable bottle and refill as needed. Note that bottled water is a multi-billion dollar industry and some companies are simply re-bottling the water straight out of the tap.
Another great way to save money and go green is to bring your cloth shopping bags from home. Where we live they charge five cents for every plastic bag you use – they cost the store way less. But most of the time the plastic bags end up in the garbage after a single use.
Green it up by bringing your cloth bags from home. You are saving money and saving the environment.
Frugal living and green living go hand in hand.
They are both about living well on less. Less money (money saved) and less waste (money saved). You will find that frugal families opt for homemade cleaners, cloth shopping bags, pre-made meals and travel water bottles.
All of which will save you money and help you live a greener life.
Simple ways to live greener and save money:
1. Plant a tree.
Did you know that you can help your energy costs, add more oxygen to the air we breath and make your yard more beautiful just by planting a tree. Trees will shade your yard in the summer and help keep the heat in during the winter. Fruit trees can help cut your grocery budget.
2. Turn off the tap.
Do you get charged for your water use? Save yourself some money and help preserve the water by turning off the tap. When you are brushing your teeth turn the tap off. Washing the dishes, turn off the tap. Install low flow toilets and shower heads to further save you money and preserve the water.
3. Grow your own food.
Planting even a small garden of lettuce, tomatoes and herbs can save you money. You save the planet by not adding to the carbon foot print, less chemicals are used on the vegetables and you know what you are growing and what you are eating.
4. Cleaning green.
Chemical cleaners are huge business. The company marketing teams have us believing we need this cleaner for floors, this cleaner for counters and these other ones to clean the bathroom.
But in reality all you need is baking soda, vinegar, castile soap, water and some essential oils to clean every inch of your home.
A common cleaner in our home is a 50/50 water and vinegar solution with a small squirt of castile soap and a few drops of essential oils. This solution will clean your whole home and the essential oils will help disinfect.
5. Personal green.
Did you know that most of your personal hygiene products are made with chemical that harm the planet and aren’t that great for you either? Think about it, what is in your make up or body lotion?
Most soap products that are on the market contain petroleum products or chemicals that make that silky lather. Opting for natural based personal products can help save you money.
Yes, most natural based products are more expensive but they tend to last longer so dollar for dollar you are still winning with a natural based product. My favorite natural line is Burt’s Bees.
6. Green your decorating.
If you are painting opt for a more natural based paint and the cost should run you about the same. You will also be thankful for the low odor.
If you are decorating a room opt for vintage, natural products instead of brand new. Also opt for real wood products. Vintage decor, real wood and natural based decor will save you money and help the environment.
7. Recycle and reuse.
Do you recycle your pop containers and glass? Did you know you can get money back from your local recycle depot? What about reusing all that scrap paper for kids crafts. Or those old shirts for cleaning rags.
Save yourself the money. Checkout what you have before you shop. Do you have something that can be re-purposed and reused? Save yourself the money.
Our favorite green living money saving items:
- reusable shopping bags
- castile soap
- stainless steel water bottles
- Burt’s Bees personal products
- thermostat lockbox
- warm blankets
Have an amazing day,