Looking to reduce your waste while keeping your wallet full? Here are five easy eco friendly money saving tips.
The big scary world of going zero waste and living a more sustainable life can be in fact that, scary.
When I first jumped down this rabbit hole, I got pretty overwhelmed. Okay, I still get overwhelmed. I am not perfect, I have to get leftover boxes sometimes, I still haven’t master cooking waste free, but each day I make a little more effort and my life gets a little more green friendly.
Our list here are some super easy, cost effective ways to GO GREEN.
Did you know that most cafes will give you a discount for bringing your own mug? Yep. I have gotten as much as 50 cents off at some places. That adds up quick…well it does it you are a coffee addict like me!
In this reusable tumbler category I will include reusable water bottles! I have no idea how much money I have saved by carrying my water bottle E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E.
Find a bubbler (yes, I am from Wisconsin) and filler up. Much better than the $5 a bottle at a baseball stadium.
Travel tip: chug your water before going through security and you empty bottle will get the green light to pass through. Airports have a lot of water fountains passed security so you’ll have plenty of chances to fill it up and avoid the crazy airport water bottle prices 😉
I was never the best at secondhand shopping, but I have now realized how AWESOME it can be!
I can find some of my favorite brands at a fraction of the price. The fashion industry unfortunately causes a good chunk of harm to the environment. (Coming in third worst in the world, falling only behind oil and factory farming).
By buying second hand you are not directly supporting the fast fashion industry. This is the only way I will buy fast fashion labels anymore.
Sure everything will be last season or five seasons ago, but it will help you live by your OWN style rules instead of always having to have that years IT bag.
Buy Locally and In Season
When it comes to produce we are pretty damn lucky here in the US, because our grocery stores will ship in any and every fruit or veggie our heart desires.
It doesn’t matter where it came from or what season it is, you can get blueberries year round.
The downfall to this is the effect it has on the environment. Trucking produce from around the world contributes to a lot of burning of fuels and CO2 emissions.
Buy paying attention to in season produce that is produced locally it not only helps diminish the amount of pollutants going into the air, but also supports local businesses!
I would much rather buy a sweet potato from Gary down the road then some big farm in Mexico.
ALSO, most small local farms are now starting to grow organically. I know that you’re thinking organic food is costly, but I actually did a comparison one day.
I bought all the produce I needed one week from a local Big Box grocery store and then the next week the same items from our local co-op. Our total was THE SAME. I got mostly local, organically grown food for the same price as non local, non organic stuff at the other store.
I’m telling ya, shipping costs are crazy, cutting out thousands of miles of travel for those mushrooms really helps cut down on the cost!
My favorite ways to shop locally are through Farmer’s Markets, Co-ops and CSAs!
Cook From Scratch
Do you ever notice how FULL your recycling bin is the day after meal prep?? Ugh, I did. It would be overflowing with black bean cans, salsa jars, berry packaging.
Sure, great, it’s all recyclable at least, but I just knew that with a little effort I could eliminate a lot of that.
I made an effort to cook everything from scratch. From black beans in the crockpot to homemade pizza sauce we were able to ditch A LOT of cans and jars. And I calculated it out, we were saving a ton of money.
Where before we were spending maybe $1 per 12 ounces of beans we now got dry beans for the same price, but they when cooked almost tripled their size. So we got over 30 ounces for that $1.
All it took was toss them in the crockpot with some water and letting them sit. Not too shabby 😉 (For our video on cooking beans in a crockpot, click HERE and read more on our Zero Waste Grocery Haul)
Cancel Your Subscriptions
I used to have quite a few magazine subscriptions. AND on top of those monthly ones I would still go out and buy more each monthly.
I don’t really know where it came from, but I loved paging through magazines.
One day thought it hit me just how much money I was spending and how many trees I was (indirectly) cutting down.
I cancelled every single subscription that day. I got online memberships to any ones that I just didn’t want to part with, and made a clean break with the rest.
I have now found more pleasure in browsing free websites and borrowing books from the library. And my wallet is very thankful for that.
I hope those five tips helped you see how EASY it can be to start helping the environment while also helping your wallet!
Living more sustainably does NOT have to mean spending more money. You can definitely be smart about how you go about it and live a very frugal, eco friendly life.