3 frugal tips for green living that you can implement today!
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You know what I love most about the green lifestyle?
Well ok I love the ‘feel good’ factor of supporting the environment and living in harmony with nature, but what I love most of all is that you can combine doing good with frugality. It’s a win-win!
One could be forgiven for thinking you have to invest in expensive technologies and gadgets to make a difference but it’s simply not true, as we’ve shown time and time again. There are plenty of companies out there doing their bit too. Vivint is one; they are a company working to help you go green, stay safe AND save money.
Here are three simple ways for you to stretch your budget at home without even noticing!
Eco friendly brands of laundry detergent found in green homes tend to be considerably more expensive than regular brands. Fortunately you can cut the cost by ditching fabric softeners in favour of white vinegar. Vinegar is an excellent and relatively inexpensive way to remove soap residue AND it softens your clothes! If you want to take the hardcore approach you could make your own laundry gloop using castile soap and soda crystals.
Organic vegetables are often more expensive than non-organic because they need more space to grow and more time and attention to thrive. Therefore you need to think like a person in war time and maximise use of the food you buy. Making soups is the perfect solution to turn those wilting vegetables into a feast fit for a king. Nothing can beat a simple meal of home made soup and bread! Use those organic, locally farmed carrots and potatoes in a hearty stew or make miso soup. An inexpensive pot of organic fermented miso paste, tofu, green onions, soybeans, and brown rice can feed you with healthy, organic, environmentally-friendly nourishment for pennies.
If you’re anything like us, you’ll prioritise good quality food and this CAN cost you more money. We always buy organic chicken and meat which costs two or three times the price of non organic. We get around this by taking the focus off meat at the main part of our meal. If I use minced beef in a dish, for example, I pad it out with a handful of organic oats or quinoa. If we have chicken on a Sunday, I mix the leftover with chopped vegetables and lentils to make curry. Adding a handful of barley and a tin of tomatoes to chopped chicken creates a hearty casserole.
What about you – what tips do you have for making your ‘green’ budget stretch further?
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