Frugal Living: Easy Cost-Cutting and Eco-Friendly Ideas

by SmithorJones on April 2, 2009

in Frugal Living, Latest, Life

Have you noticed, as we  work to lower our living expenses, we often find ways to do that  we are also “greener” – more eco-friendly? It’s pretty elementary, actually:  Less waste usually equals less cost, and, less waste is also kinder to the earth and it’s atmosphere. Here are some very “doable” ideas in that regard.

  • Turn the PC off at night. Leaving PCs on overnight costs companies $2.8B a year – As easy as pointing and clicking the “please turn this baby off” button – you’re on your way to saving money and being kinder to the environment.
  • Use a clothesline for at least some of the laundry drying.  A friend of mine has hers in the garage – so the neighbors don’t have to see your unmentionables if that sort of thing bothers you.  They make retractable ones for inside use, or you can get a rack (or build one yourself!)
  • Turn off the TV and take a walk for entertainment. Especially now, with milder weather upon us  and rerun season looming there is really more opportunity than ever to get out there and enjoy a nice walk.  If you take the dog, you all benefit from the exercise and there’s the “less power usage thing” happening with the TV off.
  • Plant and tend a garden. Again – this gets us outside, provides exercise, and if you’re growing vegetables – healthy food to eat and perhaps trade for things, and you didn’t drive to the local market to obtain it.
  • Get rid of the extra refrigerator. Seriously, do we need a beer fridge?  When our chickens were in full swing during laying season we did have a need for some extra refrigerator space.  One of those little apartment size refrigerators would have been plenty big enough since our customers usually came by weekly to pick up their eggs.
  • Use clothDiapers, diaper-covers, (even baby bootie wipes!),  grocery bags, lunch bags, napkins, dishrags, “Swiffer” pads can be made and reused over and over again.

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