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For me, frugal living and eco-friendly living have a lot of commonalities. I regularly find that my strategies to save money also help save the planet.
This makes me happy. The environment is important to me and I want to do my bit, but at the same time, I am not going to spend loads of money.
There are some great ways that you take frugal living to the extreme and take positive action to improve the world that we live in. Here are some of my favourites:
Grow your own
Growing your own fruit and vegetables is massively satisfying. But not all of us are privileged to have the space to grow endless rows of crops.
You can, however, grow herbs indoors on a windowsill and even this will be doing both your wallet and planet Earth a favour.
You can pick seeds up for very little money and there are even some seed swapping groups on Facebook. Then you can grow your own and they will last you forever.
I very much dislike buying something that I know I am going to through away soon. This goes for things like paper plates, kitchen roll and even menstrual products.
A more frugal way to live is to buy products that you can use again and again. These products are also much better for the planet too as they reduce waste.
There are so many reusable alternatives on the market that you will have lots of switches to make. You will feel so good knowing that you’ll never have to buy them again or throw them away.
Decreasing energy consumption
There is nothing I like more than low energy bill. After weeks of telling my kids to put on their cardigan, I love the reward of knowing that it has saved us money.
But it is also good for the planet too. Large amounts of electricity is still produced through non-renewable sources, therefore we need to take action to use as little as possible.
Using less electricity and gas means that we can save money, reduce the consumption of natural resources and lower our carbon footprint.
Walking and cycling
If you own a car, then you’ll know how expensive they are. Likewise if you don’t own a car and rely on public transport, then you’ll know how expensive that is too.
To save money, some people try to use their own resources to commute and opt for more walking and cycling. Both of which are practically free (obviously you need a bike if you want to cycle).
Again, both are great for the environment. Even public transport, which is better for the environment than taking your car, still produces emissions. Walking and cycling do not.
No food waste
If you are pro meal planners like us, then you will know that food wasted means money lost. We don’t want that!
But food waste is also bad news for the planet too. Food production, particularly meat and dairy, use lots of energy and water. For every item you don’t eat, you are contributing to the climate change problem.
What frugal living actions do you do that save the planet?
Do you save your bath water for the plants? Or only shower once a week? Whatever it is, let know in the comments below.
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