It can be so frustrating trying to be green and thrifty at the same time. Sometimes you have to do what you can do, and not worry about what you can’t. Here are ten easy things you can do to be more green, and save money at the same time.
*Start using Vinegar and Baking Soda to clean with. These are very inexpensive items. Buy these in bulk from places like Costco, and Sam’s. Or just watch the sales at your local stores, then stock up when they are super cheap. I clean everything with these two products. Everything gets very clean, and I know I’m not using harsh chemicals around my family.
*Re-purpose things that you already have. For example, turn old t-shirts into reusable grocery bags. You can find instructions on how to do this HERE.
*Turn off lights, tv, computer, and unplug things when not in use. Even if something isn’t on, it’s still draining power if it is plugged in.
*Keep your thermostat set at 68 in winter, and 78 in the summer. We’ve cut our electric bill greatly by doing this. This saves so much energy and money!
*If you need something, check out a yardsale, thrift store, or consignment sale first! You can get great deals and some nice stuff.
*Buy Local. Produce from local farmers is healthier, and is almost always cheaper than buying from the grocery store. I bought organic corn last week 4 for $1.
*Make your own laundry detergent. Use equal parts of a bar of soap (find a natural one if you can), borax, and washing soda. Some people use baking soda rather than borax. Try it out, and see what works for you. A cup of vinegar is a great rinse as well. Works as a fabric softener, and clothes come out smelling super clean (don’t worry, the clothes don’t smell like vinegar).
*If you have babies, cloth diaper! Nothing says green like a clothed bum! I cloth diaper my children, and have saved a ton of money. A great resources is www.diaperswappers.com. You can get help from other parents to start out cloth diapering. Plus, you can buy/trade/sell diapers, and other things on there. If you can sew, then you can save even more money by making your own.
*Use cloth napkins. You can make your own, or buy them in a store. I see a variety of cloth napkins at thrift stores all the time. This saves you money on your grocery bill, and cuts back on waste. And once you wipe your face with cloth, you won’t want to go back!
*Wash and Dry only full loads of laundry. This cuts back on costs and waste. And if you’re really feeling green, hang dry your laundry instead of using the dryer.