6 Ways to Live Green and Save Some Green

6 Ways to Live Green and Save Some Green

Be an eco-friendly savvy-saver with these simple tips.

Being eco-friendly and saving money go hand-in-hand. There are a number of ways you can save cash while you save the environment. Here are six tips to consider:

1. Shop with Reusuable Shopping Bags
Cut down on your own trash output, while benefiting the environment, by purchasing reusable shopping bags. They are much more durable than plastic and paper bags, and are often found in fun designs. Some stores offer small discounts for customers who bring their own bags. And small savings add up.

2. Buy in Bulk
Buying items you can use in bulk, or that come in big packages, may seem counterintuitive to both green and frugal living. But oftentimes, the unit cost of a bulk product is cheaper. Additionally, if you’re look to end up with less packaging, the bigger box, for example, will actually create less waste.


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3. Cook Multiple Meals at Once
Let’s say that ground beef is on sale at the supermarket, and you decide to buy a couple pounds of beef. You can brown some for a meat lasagna, make meatballs or form some into patties. Freeze whatever you’re not eating that night. Then when you’re ready for hamburgers or spaghetti and meatballs, you won’t waste gas or spend extra money running to the store.

4. Buy for Value, not Price
If you’re buying all of your furniture at cheap home furnishing stores, you will likely have to replace those items sooner rather than later. This will only cost you more money in the long run, and affect your contribution to landfills. Same goes for clothing and shoes. Instead, look for quality goods from companies that stand behind their products.

5. Adjust Your Wardrobe, not the Thermostat
When you’re warm in the summer, make sure you’re wearing lightweight fabrics that keep your body cool. During cold-weather months, always keep a sweater nearby. Similarly, keep a basket of throws near your couch so that when you get chilly while watching TV, you can snuggle up under a blanket.

6. Reuse and Buy Used By finding ways to reuse what you already own, you minimize your carbon footprint and save yourself money. You’ll do the same by adding used items to your shopping list, like clothing from a thrift store or furniture from a garage sale. You’d be surprised at all the ways you can reuse glass bottles, PVC piping and Puffs tissue boxes for organization, home décor and more.

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