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5 Free things you shouldn't be paying for

Socking away part of your monthly paycheck is one way to save money, but you can plump your wallet by not paying for everyday things that are draining your savings. Not buying these five things, you'll also be doing your eco-friendly part in reducing your

The vegan lifestyle is a thoughtful one, and for most, the vegan lifestyle goes hand in hand eco-friendly living. So, we're always looking for new ways to be green... and as always, save money in the process! Socking away part of your paycheck every month is certainly one way to save money, but you may be able to plump your wallet by not paying for everyday things that are sucking down your savings. Better yet, by not buying the following five things, you'll be doing your eco-friendly part in reducing your impact on the environment. Below are five things you shouldn't be paying for...
The vegan lifestyle is a thoughtful one, and for most, the vegan lifestyle goes hand in hand eco-friendly living. So, we're always looking for new ways to be green... and as always, save money in the process!

Socking away part of your paycheck every month is certainly one way to save money, but you may be able to plump your wallet by not paying for everyday things that are sucking down your savings. Better yet, by not buying the following five things, you'll be doing your eco-friendly part in reducing your impact on the environment.

Below are five things you shouldn't be paying for...

5 Free things you shouldn't be paying for

1. Water

Unless you're living in an area with contaminated water, stop paying scads of money for bottled water (upwards of $3 per large bottle). You're primarily paying for packaging and name-brands for water that is likely equal to the water out of your tap, and just think of all those bottles piling up in the landfills. At most, invest in a water filter and take advantage of the water from your tap -- it's free.

2. Exercise

Gym memberships can run up to a pricey $100 per month. But even $30 per month can add up if your budget is tight (and you're not actually going to the gym). Cancel your membership and start working out for free. From walking or running outdoors to free online videos and cable TV workouts, you can get your sweat on without spending a dime. Plus, you will help reduce the energy output from exercise machines.

3. Books and movies

Why pay for those $8 paperbacks and $3 movie rentals when you can visit your local library and borrow them for nothing more than a (free) library membership. You may not get the latest and greatest releases but you might just find yourself enjoying older books and movies that you missed when they were the latest and greatest. Borrowing instead of buying will also cut down on the long-term paper and plastic waste.

4. Newspapers and magazines

There is certainly something gratifying about actually turning a newspaper or magazine page, but if saving money is a top priority, get the news online (or the nightly news on TV). Plus, many magazines have websites that feature the same content in the print versions. You can also consider asking your friends and family to let you have their newspapers and magazines when they are done reading them -- just think of all the trees and energy you'll be saving in the long run.

5. Music

Those CDs and iTunes music downloads are a luxury item for those of us watching our wallet, but music itself doesn't have to be a luxury. In addition to borrowing CDs from your local library, you can also create your own radio stations with the songs and artists you love on Pandora.com or find your favorite types of music on iHeartRadio.com -- both for free.

What are some of your everyday items you've found a way to get for free (legally)?

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