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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Did you realize that by being frugal you were also being "green"? Many of the frugal things I naturally do are good for the environment as well. Think of the slogan reduce, reuse, recycle. It goes hand in hand with frugal living.
For the next few days I'll be addressing each of these areas and sharing ways you can be both frugal and green.

Today we start with reduce.

No brainier here. The less "stuff" you buy the less resources have to be used to fulfill the "demand" and the more money you have in your pocket.

Also, think in terms of natural resources like water and natural gas. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth and even when taking a shower (I'm not quite here yet, I love hot showers). Just turn the water on to rinse. Take a shower instead of a bath, but remember to keep it short. Keep your thermostat programmed at 68 degrees (or lower) in the winter. In the summer, turn off your air conditioner and use fans. If you do use an air conditioner set it as high as possible.  Run heat-producing appliances at night.
This save resources and reduces your monthly bill.

How about gas? It's tempting to run around from store to store scoring all those deals but when you add in the cost of gas it's not such a great deal. I've often been guilty of this. Now think off all the carbon monoxide your adding into the atmosphere with that extra driving. Try combining your errands so your only driving on one day. Make a menu plan so that you only have to go to the store once a week instead of driving there every day. Every time you go to the store you're more likely to buy stuff you don't need or haven't budgeted for. No reducing there. Price matching is great as well. Many stores will match a competitor's price when you bring in the ad. Some will even let you just tell the competitors price. Look on the stores website for their pricmatching policy. That means you just have to go to one store and less driving.

What about reducing the amount of "stuff" you already have. I just realized, I have 3 strainers. Do I need that many? No. What we don't realize is that there is a cost to maintain all of this and not just a monetary one. The more clothes we have, the more laundry we do, the more water and energy we use. Think about cleaning out the extra stuff you have that you don't need and donating it to a charity. Not only will you feel better, you'll be allowing those things to bless the lives of others.

I hope you'll share ways you have found to reduce, reuse and recycle that fit into your frugal lifestyle. Come back tomorrow and we'll talk about reusing.

Live less, live more

I'm sharing this over at The Penny Pinching Party Go on over for some great ideas on how to pinch your pennys.

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  1. Wow, it's like you are inside my head. I 100% completely agree with you. Thanks for linking up to my Penny Pinching Party.

  2. Great suggestion on pricematching to save gas. I would like to try it, but haven't gotten my act together yet.

    We worked on a craft today that used our empty milk and juice cartons. It's more fun to make our own toys most of the time anyway. =)