Because it’s Earth Day, I thought I’d share some ideas for saving money by going green. Some of them come from Blueprint for Financial Prosperity:
- Get rid of the bottled water. I love this one. A few months ago, my husband and I bought an under the counter water filter and ditched the bottled water. It’s better for the environment because there is less plastic waste. And it’s better for our finances because, even with the cost of the filter, we’re still paying much less for our water. And with the filter, our tap water doesn’t taste bad…
- Make your own meals. Instead of buying pre-packaged meals, make your own. This will save you money (since pre-packaged meals cost more), and it will increase your health to boot. Pre-packaged food is higher in sodium and fat, as a general rule, than what you prepare at home. Plus you won’t be throwing out the containers.
- Buy local produce. Or grow your own. When possible, cook with fresh produce. During the summer, our garden yields most of our food. And we freeze the extra. This is especially important now, with food price inflation. When you can get local produce — especially if it is organically grown — you can help the environment, support the local economy and save money.
And, of course, there are ways to make money by being green as well. Environmentally friendly investing can boost your income while supporting practices that are good for the Earth.