I’m always looking for the sweet spot where green and frugal living come together. That’s where good for the environment equals good for my wallet, too. These are some things I do that save my family money and help lower the cost to the environment.
I’m saying “me” and “I” here but really it’s “we” because I’m not the only one doing this stuff – my husband and kids are on this program as well. That’s important because our entire household is working together and it’s not just me.
We’re also raising (trying to!) our kids to think about their consumption decisions, spending habits, to put away money each month, and not to waste resources. Do we accomplish these goals every day? No, but we do try.
Here’s what we do…
Frugal and Green Living
First, you should know that we’re normal, everyday people who do these things.
We live in the city, we live on the grid, and we live in a modest sized-home.
We keep chickens in our backyard for eggs and so they can eat our kitchen scraps.
We harvest our rain water to water our vegetables growing in our garden.
We pick berries in the summer to freeze and eat them in the winter.
We drive older, reliable cars instead of upgrading every few years.
We have added awnings to our house to keep the house cooler in summer, 5 awnings which we made ourselves. We close the dampers on our furnace to not heat every room in winter.
We buy clothing and household items second-hand to reduce packaging.
We have once-a-month garbage collection which forces us to not buy items with lots of packaging.
We compost (we have 2 compost bins, not just 1) to add richness back to our soil for growing our food.
Through our electric company, we’re on time of use program and run our dishwasher and washing machine at night to keep electricity costs lower.
For renovating our home, we installed second-hand kitchen cabinet doors which we customized with wood trim and painted, rather than removing them entirely and replacing with new ones.
We rebuilt our garage with a mixture of dumpster windows and wooden brackets from the ReBuilding Center, which is a salvage building store.
While some may think this path we’ve chosen of frugal and green living is more work, we have found pleasure and enjoyment in this “stylishly frugal lifestyle” and in teaching our kids that you don’t have to buy something new when a need arises.
With patience, desire, and ingenuity, we’re finding our way living the good life on less. We’re living richly in ways that we’ve chosen. Frugal and green living is good for our wallets – and the environment.
How do you live frugally? How do you live green? Are you looking for the sweet spot, too?
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