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How To Save Money And Be Green At The Same Time

Updated on December 15, 2011

With global warming on everyone's mind, there seems to be no end to the numerous products and ideas that are said to be safe for the environment. Many of these Earth-friendly products are often quite expensive, forcing less wealthy individuals to make financially painful decisions to help their planet, or bear the social stigma for not doing their part. However, there are some simple ways to help mother nature without spending loads of money on the latest environmentally friendly product, and they can help save money as well.

Walk/Bike More, Drive Less

If your destination is readily in walking or cycling distance, consider putting down the keys. Excessive driving not only adds to fuel emissions in the air, but it also uses up your fuel faster, forcing you to purchase already highly expensive gasoline more often. If you're just going to the corner video store or visiting a nearby friend, walking is a great way to get your daily excercise in, and you can save the fuel for longer commutes.

Use a Plastic Bag

Yeah, they may take longer to decompose in landfills, but they are going to sit there whether they are used or not, so you may as well get the most use out of the ones currently in circulation as you can. Use them on your future shopping trips, for multiple packed lunches, or just to carry some extra stuff on your travels. I frequently use them to carry my book, my Game Boy, my work clothes, etc. when I'm around town.


If you're lucky enough to have your own garden, make the most of it. While it is simpler to purchase produce at the store, it saves a lot of money in the long run, and it is always more satisfying to cook and eat food with ingredients that you grew yourself.

Makeshift Coasters/Placemats

A bit random, but if you eat in numerous rooms of the house like me, it can be useful. Any extra cardboard that is lying around can always be put to good use in this fashion. It saves wood furniture from water damage, and catches stray crumbs so you don't have to pull the vaccum out. I do tae kwon do, so I personally use leftover broken boards from my belt tests for mini coasters and tray tables.

Other Nifty Household Gadgets Made With Recycleables

There are many suburbs in America that do not get city funding for free recycling service, so often times those neighborhoods are forced to pay for the service, or throw everything away in the trash. If this is true where you live, try being creative with your recycleables. Use a milk jug or soda bottle with the top cut off for a coin bank. If you have birds or rabbits, line their cages with old newspapers. Cut up old documents or junk mail/envelopes and use it for note paper. Put your dead batteries in the fridge to get a little extra use out of them. The sky is the limit.

Back to the 40's

With the exception of older houses and small apartments, handwashing has become a dying pactice. Most houses these days come with a washer/dryer and dishwasher, and seldom ever a clothesline. Handwashing and air drying can save a bundle in water and electricity bills (and save the planet a lot of water and energy).

These are just a few ways you can help the environment and put some money back into your pocket. Try them out for yourself, or see how many other ways you can think of to go green by saving green.


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    • Kaie Arwen profile image

      Kaie Arwen 7 years ago

      I agree with you, and I agree with marieryan............ all about getting back to basics!

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      Marie Ryan 7 years ago from Andalusia, Spain

      Great! It's the basic stuff that counts!