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1. We eat out less
Fast food is not just expensive it also creates a large amount of waste.
2. We buy in bulk
I buy a huge bag of pretzels instead of 100 calorie packs which saves money and resources.
3. We make do instead of buying more
Making sure we use both side of the paper. Reusing glass jars to store soup in the freezer. These are ways thrifty people save money and practice the “reuse” portion of the 3 R’s of the recycling arrows (reduce, reuse,recycle)
4. We grow it ourselves
Well at least we try to this thrifty person has a brown thumb so I shop local farmers markets to support those with green thumbs and reduce my carbon footprint at the same time, plus the veggies are cheaper.
5. We borrow and lend
I borrow books, DVD’s, music CD’s, audio books and even some homeschooling curriculum from my local library. My husband willingly lends out his tools to close friends.
6. We buy second hand
Whether it be Goodwill shopping, yard sale shopping, thrift store shopping or secondhand curriculum sales our family loves the money we save by buying second hand and it reduces the need to manufacture more thus reducing pollution.
7. When we are done with it we sell or donate it
Instead of tossing our castoff items to the curb we resell them through Facebook, Craigslist, eBay or other avenues, giving us money to spend on new needs and wants. We also donate a fair amount to our local thrift stores which helps out those in need.
8. We are mindful about energy consumption
Turning the heat down at night does not just reduce the bill it also helps our planet.
9. We walk and bike and combine errands when possible
These are all tips that save on our vehicle gas bill, but they also reduce our carbon admissions.
10. We make it ourselves
Whenever I make up a big batch of laundry detergent and store it in empty gallon jugs of vinegar I can’t help but think of all the bottles of laundry soap that no longer need to be manufactured for my family.
These are just 10 ways thrifty people are green but I know there are many more. Please add one in the comments.
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