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Friday, June 29, 2012

Going Green While Saving Some Green

By Melissa

I see the phrase “Go Green” all the time these days but in today’s tight economic times, it isn’t exactly easy to embrace a new lifestyle, especially if that lifestyle involves buying new products. The good news is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money, in fact you can even go green while saving some green – green as in money.

Reconnect With Your Kitchen

If eating out or convenient boxed-foods have consumed your mealtimes, then now is the time to make a date … with your kitchen. Reconnect with your kitchen and start cooking and baking. A homemade breakfast is a great way to start your day. Skip the pre-packaged school lunch items and make your children a healthy and homemade school lunch. Create a meal plan to ensure that you have a dinner ready to cook every night. If you have infants, you can even save money by making your own homemade baby food.

Coupons

Coupons aren’t only for bulk-sized packages of sugary sweets and processed foods. Natural food companies are getting in on the coupon trend. If you combine a coupon with a store sale you can probably buy a healthier alternative to your favorite snack without paying a premium.

Also, take the time to look through store flyers. Combing produce sales with store-printed coupons, like $5 off of a $20 purchase, can help you save money while buying fresh, nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables. My children would pick a banana over a candy bar any day.

Reuse What You Already Have

One of the easiest ways to reduce your waste is to reuse what you already have. I’ve already shared tips on reusing old sports equipment and that’s really just the start. Reusable materials are nearly endless so just let your imagination go.  

After switching out our personal care products, my next step was to focus on household cleaners. The quickest and easiest way to reduce your cleaning-related waste is to use concentrated refills.

Start Small

The most important piece of advice I can give you when it comes to starting your own growing green journey is to start small. As I mentioned previously, I started with personal care products. Pick one item or one category of items and research how to make more eco-friendly choices. Once you’ve mastered that, move on to the next category. This prevents you from getting overwhelmed and it also reduces any financial impact.

What’s your favorite money-saving green tip?

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