In many cases, going green is totally compatible with being frugal. I think of my peasant ancestors living hundreds of years ago. How big was their carbon footprint? How many hazardous chemicals were they exposed to? Our consumerist culture has gotten us into a lot of trouble with chemicals and climate, and you can take a large step in a greener direction simply by buying less.
Here are some other ideas for saving a little or a lot of money:
- Downsize your home.
- Downsize your car, and walk/bike more.
- Eat well and stay fit so that you utilize less health care.
- Make your own household cleaners and personal products.
- Borrow (from the library, from friends) instead of buying.
- Buy used (Craig's List) or get for free (Freecycle).
- Sell (Craig's List) or donate stuff you are not regularly using.
- Lower your cleanliness standards.
- Turn off lights and electronics when not needed.
- Travel less.
- Turn up/down your thermostat and use less heat and air conditioning.
- Use reusable durable materials instead of disposable ones (batteries, cloth napkins, rags and sponges instead of paper towels, cloth diapers, food containers and baggies, beverage containers, etc.). Even if you lay out more money initially, you will certainly save money in the long run.
What About Food?
But sometimes being green does cost more money. For example, organic and natural food usually cost more money than conventional food. Check out my post on how to Save Money on Food while Going Green, which discusses my tips for saving money on organic and natural foods.
How has going green saved you money?
Save Money on Food while Going Green
Some Thoughts on the Cost of Going Green
How to Be a Green Consumer
Green Cleaning - DIY Cleaning Recipes
Lazy and Cheap Ways to Be Green (series of posts)