Go Green and Save Money

5 years ago

I’ve been trying to find different ways for my family to be more 'green' but the main issue is that being green can sometimes cost a lot more.  So, I went looking for ways to be both nice to the environment and nice to my wallet.  Let’s be honest, most of the population isn’t going to change their lifestyle if it is going to cost more. 

I’ve come up with five easy changes that will not only help reduce excess waste but also save the average family a decent amount of money each year.


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4.  Join a Co-Opt/pick your own produce:

I found a local farm/co-opt that for a set price we can get 8 lbs of fresh produce a week for 18 weeks {longer depending on the weather and farming conditions}.  The cost comes out to about id="mce_marker"5 a week.  It would be even cheaper to have your own garden, but in my family we are all lacking in green thumbs.  We will get fresh produce, save money, and support local farmers. 

There are also a lot of farms that offer “pick your own” services.  You go into the field, pick what you want, pay by the pound, and leave.  You know exactly where your produce is coming from.  If you would like to find out if there is a co-op near you or a farm that you can pick your own at you can search at www.localharvest.org and www.pickyourown.org.

5.  Make your own coffee: 

Buy a reusable coffee cup that looks just like the cup you would get a Starbucks and brew your daily cup of coffee.  You will save so much money and think of all of the disposable cups you won’t be using.  Even if you don’t want to brew your own coffee, invest in the reusable coffee cup.  Almost all coffee places will fill your cup for you and offer you a 5%-10% discount.

{BONUS} 6.  Ditch the diapers!

OK so this one only works if you have a baby, but consider switching to cloth diapers.  We did and I love them so much more then disposables.  Confused about cloth and all of the options?  Check out this post which explains it all.

~Natalie

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