Guest Post: Frugal Ways to Go Green

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For years I rejected the idea of recycling because the disposal company charged me to pick it up. But, even if one green aspect is too expensive, that doesn’t mean they all have to be out of reach. This guest post shows us how frugal and green can coexist very peacefully.

Most people assume that if you are frugal, you cannot be green. After analyzing our own frugal habits, we have come to find that being frugal is one of the best ways to go green.

Here are 10 ways to go green while saving you money.

Cloth napkins – I made cloth napkins out of scrap flannel. It cost us next to nothing and will save many trees. If you don’t sew, look for cloth napkins at garage sales. You can find them extremely cheap and most have only been used a handful of times.

Cloth diapering – By using cloth diapers you gain big economic and ecological savings, especially if you start with your first child and continue with others.

Consolidating errands –If you cut out a few of your weekly trips you save money on gas and reduce your carbon footprint.

Reusing creatively – Reusing items is a great way to save money and the environment. Before tossing or recycling anything take a good look at it and ask yourself “What else could I do with this?”

Composting – Leaves, lawn clippings, fruit and veggie scraps, egg shells, and much more can easily be composted. That compost, in turn, can then be used in the garden and landscaping. The affect that good compost will have on your plants is astounding.

Using less – By using fewer items, there is less to be manufactured, shipped and stored. All of this decreases your carbon footprint while saving you money.

Buying used – If you buy used you drastically cut your environmental impact. We have found that you can buy just about everything secondhand.

Line drying clothes – When the weather is fit, the clothes dryer gets a break. Most items dry in a reasonable amount of time, and they smell great.

Grow your own – By growing your own food you save a lot of money. If you choose to do it organically, then you will have an even larger green impact. Some of you might not have large yards, but you can still grow your own container foods like herbs, lettuce and some tomatoes.

Borrow books, music, and films – Public libraries, besides being book repositories, often will loan out movies and music as well as having kids programs and adult groups. There’s lots of value for little investment all while saving the environment.

You may have just realized that you have been living greener then you thought!

What are some of the frugal green things you do in your everyday life?

— Mrs. Not the Jet Set writes about money, stewardship, and frugal living at Not the Jet Set.

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  1. Sewing your own menstrual pads are also a wonderful way to go green and genuinely are more comfortable. Sea sponges and Mooncups are also alternatives for those that would otherwise prefer tampons. Sounds odd, but with an open mind, many of you will prefer these options not only because of the comfort they provide, but because they are a one time expense. Both my daughters (teen and early twenties) use these products and face the odd comments of their friends with pride.

  2. I have always thought being green and frugal go hand in hand, though I know a lot of “green” products can be expensive, so that is when being frugal gets thrown out the window! However, for me, being frugal in most areas helps me be green in other areas where buying something “green” would be more costly. We do everything you mentioned. Buying used is one of the best things you can do! I also have been making my own reusable bags. I am starting to make our own bread too, grocery store bread is just getting WAY too expensive, especially the kind that is whole grain with no high fructose corn syrup in it. Love this post! And as for what Penny Lane said above, I have been wanting make my own pads but just haven’t yet. I think I will look into some sewing in the near future, I know I have what I need!

  3. I second that frugal living can go hand in hand with green living… aside from when I buy the smaller packages because they are cheaper, or a razor instead of refills.. but I tend to recycle and reuse whatever I can.

    Towels and rags are a definate money saver! As well as growing your own veggies & fruits, and composting.