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Ten Ways To Live Frugal While Going Green

Updated on November 21, 2017
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Saving money and going green are good bedfellows

Hello, thanks for stopping by my hub! Chances are you have a pocket full of lint instead of cash. I myself have forgotten what a $100 bill looks like. Heck I've even forgot what a $20 looks like.

But it's not just cash I'm worried about. Everything is disposable nowadays, and that obviously is not good for the environment. So, my frugal ideas are not just going to help out your wallet, but they are going to make all the green fairies stop crying!

  1. Make your own laundry detergent- Please check out this hub; her recipe for detergent is very cheap, easy to make, and great for the environment.
  2. Make your own bird suet- This is my hub about recycling your bacon, beef, or pork fat into "cheep,cheep,cheep" bird suet.
  3. Make cat/dog food from leftover roasted chicken- After I'm done with the chicken I take all the skin and tiny pieces, even the tiny bits of bones (not the big bones!) and grind them up real fine in the food processor. Voila, cat food! Sounds gross, but the cat likes it and it's definitely better for them than the store brand (which has tons chemicals and preservatives!). This food will last about 4 to 5 days in the the refrigerator, or you can freeze some of it and use it later.
  4. Grow your own herbs- Herbs are expensive; it is definitely cheaper, more satisfying, and healthier to grow your own organic herbs! Or, if you don't have much of a green thumb, pick some wild herbs (just make sure you know what you are picking!)
  5. Eat your leftovers- Check out my hub about leftovers and why you shouldn't discard them!
  6. Make your own disinfectant wipes- My HOTD winner will show you how to make your own reusable disinfectant wipes with very simple, cheap, and environmentally friendly ingredients.
  7. Use cloth napkins and handkerchiefs- One good thing about the good old days, we reused all our napkins and handkerchiefs. Imagine how much money and trees you waste going through all those disposable napkins and tissues! Ok, before you call me out as being "unsanitary", it's only unsanitary if you are sharing your used napkins and handkerchiefs! Wash them regularly in hot water and what's the problem? Besides that, with a flimsy tissue, if you have a lot of mucus (TMI!!) the mucus is going to destroy that tissue, going all over your hands. That's pretty gross and unsanitary, don't you think? A handkerchief keeps the mucus (and germs) off your hands! Furthermore, since I've started using handkerchiefs, my nose hurts a lot less and I don't have to worry about leaving tissues in my pocket and the resulting lint mess in the wash.
  8. Brew your own coffee and reuse the grounds for other things-Ok, it's a no brainer that brewing your own coffee saves money. But many people don't realize how great the used grounds can be! Coffee grounds have a plethora of uses; from fertilizer for tomato plants to an facial exfoliate. Sometimes, I use my coffee grounds in my homemade soap and I also dab a few grounds under my eyes as a puffy eye treatment (warning: keep the grounds on for a few minutes only, since that under eye skin is sensitive and will start to sting a little. Also, take care not to get the grounds in your eyes!).
  9. Ten minute shower rule- My daughters were taking 20 minute plus showers. When I yelled at them to finish up, they yelled back, "But MOOOOMMMMM... I haven't even washed yet!" So basically they stood there for 20 minutes, wasting water! I had to put my foot down and put a timer in the bathroom. 10 minutes is plenty of time to lather, wash, and rinse.
  10. Make your own compost-You'll be recycling your food, cutting down on waste, and making great fertilizer for your plants. Here's a good hub about starting a compost pile:

I hope you found my frugal and green tips helpful! If you have a frugally green (or greenly frugal) tip to share, please input your idea in the comment selection. I look forward to hearing from you.


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      6 years ago from Rowland Woods

      Thank you, Jen. That's a good point, pets need a well-balanced diet. However, I don't think all commerical pet foods have our pet's best interest in mind, some have questionable ingredients and formulas. Even the best brands have made pets sick, even killed them. Remember that Eukanuba/Iams scare a few years back? Also, check out the recall list:

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      6 years ago

      Just a note of caution: addresses how to safely cook for your dog. "'Commercial pet foods are formulated to provide adequate nutrients,' she says. But dog owners who make homemade dog food must make sure that the diet contains a protein source, a carbohydrate source, sufficient vitamins and minerals, and some fat. 'Animals do have a requirement for a small amount of fat,' Abood says."

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      7 years ago from Rowland Woods

      Thanks, Silverlily! I really have to watch every penny nowadays. And dare I say, it's fun being frugal! I love inventing and adapting ideas for cheap and green living.

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      7 years ago from Rowland Woods

      Thanks, CWB! When I first wrote the article, I wasn't aware of your hub, so later I edited my article to include it. You have a better way with words and more gardening wisdom than "moi" :)

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      7 years ago from Rowland Woods

      Kschimmel, I have some lavender from last year, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will come back! I'm also growing sage, dill (I make awesome dill pickles),rosemary, mint, and fennel.

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      7 years ago from Rowland Woods

      Thanks Jakob! My husband actually brought up an interesting point today; he mentioned that sometimes whole chickens are "yellow tagged" for $3. He wondered if it would be cheaper (than buying cans of cat food) to take the whole chicken, cook it, and grind it up for cat food. I wasn't sure, but it might be! I got about 2 1/2 cans of cat food from the leftovers, and a can of cat food is about .30 each.

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      Evelyn J. Washington 

      7 years ago from OAKLAND, CA

      Very useful ideas. Even if you use just one of your suggestions, there should be some recognizable savings for your budget. I like it, I like it.

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      Civil War Bob 

      7 years ago from Glenside, Pennsylvania

      Good Hub, HH. Ten minutes IS a luxury; especially when your hair is only 1/8" long! Happy Frugality Day!

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      Kimberly Schimmel 

      7 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      I'm growing cilantro, lavender, parsley, and some catnip this year.

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      Jakob Barry 

      7 years ago

      Great tips! Although I don't have a dog I love the make your own dog food and will recommend it to a good friend. Thanks!


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