The whole concept of going “Green” isn’t just about saving the planet. Going “Green” is also about learning how to save money by repurposing, living frugally and making the most of what a person already has. With the economy on the fritz and soaring prices, learning to save money will keep people out of the poor house.
Saving, by going green, can be as simple as sharing newspapers among family and friends. When someone buys the weekly paper, ask that they pass it on, once they are through with it. It might be old news by time it makes its way around, but one can stay on top of what is happening even if it’s old news. The same can be said about magazines and books. Recycle! By starting a circle of family and friends exchange, when it comes to newspapers, magazines and books, lots of money can be saved and socked away for later.
Another way to save money, by going green, is to find ways to cut back on gas spending. If a person lives within walking distant of work, walk it! The exercise is good. If walking is not an option, try carpooling with someone. Do it on a rotation system, each person takes a day to drive. Everyone benefits from this, so buddy up and start a carpool. The money saved by doing this will make a huge difference in the money funneled back into a workable budget.
Invest in reusable grocery bags. This is a simple and inexpensive way of doing your part to keep the cost of paper down. Too, this helps the planet by reducing the demand for trees to be cut down. Also in the long run, it saves money for everyone because the cost for cutting down trees and the cost of donating to green movements is done away with.
Go green and save money by exchanging clothes with your friends and family or by shopping in thrift stores. You can reduce your clothes budget to next to nothing by doing this. Fashion is always changing and it’s expensive to keep up with it, so shop in the closets of friends and family by swapping clothes. The amount of money saved by shopping at thrift stores is “HUGE” you can get name brand products for nearly nothing and if one shops according to the ticket number on sale that day, the cost is reduced more up to 50 percent.
Try growing a garden in Spring. Plant the fruits and vegetables the family likes. This can be inexpensive, but research how to do it. Don’t buy the books, go to the library and check them out and read them. Nothing beats homegrown fruits and vegetables and for the cost of soil, seed and buckets to grow things in, hundreds of dollars can be saved on the grocery bill by doing this.
Too try “Greening” your home to reduce the cost of electricity used and the amount of water used. Find and use cost efficient products. Don’t let the water run when it isn’t necessary. The savings might not been see right away, but over the course of time, more than a few bucks will be sitting in your savings account.
The key to saving the “Green Way” is to start! Sit down and think about what can be done to make it possible. Don’t say “It can’t be done”, but “It will be done.” Before long, green living becomes a habit and that habit is cost effective.