Many people believe living green is an expense they can’t afford. Organic foods are often priced higher than those that aren’t organic, and organic cleaners and clothing generally run at least a few dollars more than their non-organic competition.
Living green doesn’t have to break your wallet. As a budgeting family that has gone primarily green over the past four years, we can verify living green can be as cheap, if not cheaper, than not. In addition, it is better for the environment and, oftentimes, your health.
Plus, going green just makes sense. Nearly 25% of all prepared food gets tossed, costing the country about $1 billion dollars in disposal fees.
“I think most people don’t even realize how much money they waste and how just a few changes can do so much for the world, and their wallets,” says Coupon Sherpa CEO Luke Knowles. “Soon eco-frugal living won’t be a niche lifestyle. For many families…not to mention Mother Earth…its already becoming a necessity.”
Coupon Sherpa has put together a great living green guide. (It’s a PDF, so think about paper and don’t print.)
“Everyone wants to help the environment but many people think that it’s just too expensive, especially in this economy,” says Knowles. “We want people to know that green living can actually save you money, and with this guide we’re giving them the tools to get started.”
Included in the 105 page guide is such information as choosing vegetables and fruits when they are in season and, therefore, cheaper (this includes a list of months in which various fruits and veggies are in season), growing a garden rather than purchasing all your veggies at the store (something we have done this year, for $55 in plants and a bit more in supplies), getting rid of that bottled water (we did this a few years ago and have never looked back – we save over $4 per week AND endless space at the landfill), and utilizing non-toxic ingredients to clean the home (this includes vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice.)
I can recommend the following money- and earth-saving ideas I’ve done in the past several years:
- Give up most plastics. We use reusable glass containers for all storage foods in our home. As stated above we never use water bottles, but instead refill stainless steel or other non-toxic containers that we carry from place to place. We use a water filter for drinking tap water.
- Give up as much paper as possible. I no longer purchase paper napkins or paper towels. Instead we use cloth napkins.
- Compost. We are starting this task this year. It’s a daunting one, like all green tasks can be at first, but I’m guessing once I get started it will be easier and better than the alternative.
In doing these things listed above and more, we have cut back on trash so much that now our recycling bin is generally more full than our trash can!