7 Frugal Hacks to Save Money While Going Green
Going green can seem daunting. Many environmentally-friendly products and services come with a hefty price tag. However, with a little creativity and know-how, you can adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle on a budget. Here are 7 frugal hacks to save money while going green:
1. Use Reusable Grocery Bags
Plastic bags are terrible for the environment. They end up in landfills and oceans, harming wildlife and ecosystems. Investing in some reusable grocery bags is an easy way to cut down on plastic waste.
I purchased a set of 5 cotton canvas tote bags for only $10. I bring them to the store each trip and have eliminated my use of plastic bags. Not only is this better for the planet, but many grocery stores offer small discounts for using reusable bags! Over time, those savings really add up.
2. Change to LED Light Bulbs
Incandescent light bulbs waste a ton of energy and burn out quickly. Upgrading to LEDs can make a big difference! I changed all the bulbs in my home to LEDs last year. Though the upfront cost was higher, I’m already seeing savings on my electricity bill.
Plus, LED bulbs last years longer than traditional incandescent, so you save money by not having to replace them as often. This switch is great for your wallet and the environment.
3. Buy Used Instead of New
New consumer goods require resources to produce and transport. Buying gently used items is an eco-friendly alternative. Check out thrift stores, garage sales, Craigslist, and Facebook Marketplace for great deals.
Recently, I furnished an entire room with used goods I found online and paid less than $200 total! The items are higher quality than new furniture at those prices. Going used saves you money while reducing consumption and waste.
4. Change Filters and Appliances Less Often
Many appliance user manuals suggest changing filters and replacing units more often than necessary. This fuels excess purchases and waste.
Instead of replacing based on strict timelines, I wait until filters look dirty or appliances break down to change them. My HVAC system filter still looked brand new at the recommended 6 month mark. Appliances like blenders and vacuum cleaners have lasted for years beyond their expected lifespans. Being mindful about replacements is frugal and green.
5. Grow Your Own Food
Growing your own fruits, veggies, and herbs is rewarding and cost-effective. You get the freshest produce possible without any shipping or excess packaging waste.
I started small with just a few patio containers for tomatoes and herbs. This year, I’m expanding into more substantial raised garden beds. Growing isn’t free, but it can significantly reduce grocery costs while shrinking your environmental impact.
6. Cancel Underused Subscriptions
It’s easy to sign up for subscriptions and forget about them. Auditing streaming services, membership accounts, subscription boxes, and anything else with a recurring payment can uncover waste.
I realized I was paying for 3 different streaming platforms when I only regularly watched 1. Cancelling the unused subscriptions saved me $20 per month! Be diligent about reviewing subscriptions and cancel anything you don’t use often.
7. Optimize Home Energy Efficiency
Making small upgrades to increase energy efficiency pays off fast. I added insulation to my attic and weatherproofing materials around doors and windows. These projects were relatively cheap but made a noticeable difference in electricity costs right away.
I also utilize smart power strips to completely cut power to appliances not in use. Little tweaks like this add up to big savings! An energy audit can help determine the best options for your home.
The path to an eco-friendly lifestyle doesn’t have to be expensive. With some creativity and dedication, living green can easily align with frugality. Try out these money saving sustainable hacks to get started! Consistent small changes make a measurable impact over time. What are some other ways you have reduced waste and expenses? Let me know in the comments!