There are plenty of ways to save money out there. From couponing to shopping sales, you can always find a deal. But when you’re trying to be more sustainable in your habits, it sometimes appears to be more expensive. You see green products that cost double their traditional counterparts. You look for local meats and end up with sticker shock that’s hard to overcome.
However, the truth is that there are plenty of sustainable habits that can help you save big money. You can find companies locally or from around the world with commitments to sustainability. They often offer a superior product than the cheap stuff made in sweatshops and may cost a bit more upfront, but long-term end up saving you money.
- Buy Local Foods
- Purchase Quality Products From Ethical Companies
- Make Your Own Laundry Detergent And Cleaning Supplies
- Hang Dry Your Clothes
It sounds trendy to buy locally, but buying from farmers in your community has many benefits. The impact you’ll make when you do this is tremendous. Local farms grow foods and sell them through local grocery stores, at farmer’s markets, and even at farm stands. It offers healthy options for affordable prices.
When you buy direct from a local farmer, you don’t pay the higher costs associated with trucking foods in from other parts of the country or even from overseas. These savings are passed along to you. Sometimes you can even get great deals when a farmer’s market is closing for the day because the farmers don’t often want to take produce home with them.
Buying new shoes all the time because they are cheap and easy to replace will not only cost you more money in the long run, but it’ll also create more waste. When you buy women’s slippers or your new denim jeans from a company that cares as much as you do about sustainability, you’ll get a better product that’ll last longer. Because good products last longer, you don’t replace them as often, and you’ll also save on gas when you don’t have to go shopping as frequently to replace these items.
Do you know how much you spend annually to drive your car? You might think that it’s only gas and insurance, but the real cost is much greater. You have fuel costs, car payments, repair costs, maintenance, and insurance. Plus, you may also have additional tolls and taxes to pay. By carpooling, you may only need to contribute a small amount each month to the driver for gas fees. In some areas, people offer carpooling at no additional cost because it allows them to use the commuter lanes and get to work more quickly. By hopping in the carpool, you’ll save money, and you’ll contribute to fewer emissions and greenhouse gasses.
How many cleaning supplies are in your cabinet right now? You might have a bathtub cleaner, counter cleaner, toilet cleaner, glass cleaner, oven cleaner, and more. Plus, for laundry, you might have detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets, and boosters. All these products produce a lot of waste and let’s be real, they are expensive.
Did you know that you can do most of your household cleaning using white vinegar and baking soda? Not only are they cheap, but you can buy them in bulk, and they are better for you and the environment. There are tons of DIY laundry detergent recipes out there for you to try out. But for a fraction of the cost, you can easily create a large batch to clean your laundry.
Don’t believe the lie that clothes that are hang-dried will always be crunchy. While they might be occasionally, there are some simple ways to clear this up that can save you a lot of money. Clothes dryers use a lot of electricity and can make your energy bill much higher. By air drying your clothes, you can save money and keep your clothes looking good longer. And, if they do happen to be too crunchy for your liking, throw the items in the dryer for 5 minutes to soften them.
It’s possible to save money and be sustainable. It takes reevaluating some of your habits and trying new things that might not feel as convenient.
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