Sure, you recycle, and you skip the disposable straw when you eat out. But have you made an environmentally sound budget? If you have yet to go green with your approach to money management, try implementing these tips for a more sustainable action plan.
You can save money by making small changes to your everyday routine that also benefit the environment.
How many times have you bought a big load of produce at the grocery store, pledging to eat a salad each night, only to trash half the food you purchased two weeks later? While it’s admirable to have goals for healthy eating, it’s more realistic to plan for what you’ll actually eat.
If you rarely make salads, for example, don’t buy a huge bag of lettuce and carrots. If you don’t like smoothies, skip the kale and yogurt.
Next, make a meal plan. Decide what to eat for dinner every night of the week. When you have a schedule, you’re less likely to feel overwhelmed by food choices after work when all you want to do is relax.
A meal plan can also help you use your food more efficiently and reduce waste. It can help you repurpose leftovers into a whole new meal.
Who says everything you buy has to be new? You can find great deals on gently used products such as clothing, appliances, furniture, and books.
Try searching online marketplaces for bargains. A bike you buy from one of these sites may cost half of what you pay in the store, but the benefit to the environment is even better. When you purchase used items, you produce less waste and reuse things that have already been made.
If you have children, buying second-hand items is practical, too. Kids grow so fast that they often only wear clothes and shoes a few times before the items become too small. You’ll feel less frustrated about getting rid of “new” clothes if they aren’t actually new.
Careful planning can help you save money and the planet. For other financial resources, check out our WalletWorks page.