Helping your wallet and the environment can easily go hand-in-hand as often times little things that you spend a lot of money on over time also end up hurting the world around you. Making little changes to some of your expensive habits can lead to a healthier environment for you while also helping keep your wallet happy. Here are some tips to help you get started:
Buying re-usable items is a great way to not only cut down on how much waste you produce, but also to save you some money over time. Buying a reusable water bottle or coffee cup that you can take anywhere with you saves you money as you'll no longer have to constantly purchase bottled water, and some coffee chains now offer a small discount if you bring your own cup which would help ease the cost of your daily morning coffee.
There are many ways reducing your energy usage in your house can help save you money while also helping cut your footprint. On really hot or really cold days think about what temperature you're leaving your thermostat on and see if you can find ways to remain cool or warm without having to use so much energy. Air drying your clothes serves multiple purposes as it cuts down your energy costs while also being less harsh for your clothes. Also, try switching to energy efficient bulbs and remember to unplug electronics when you're done using them.
Rethink Your Transportation Methods
If you live in the city but still use your car to get around everywhere this can be a drain on your wallet and on the environment. If where you're going is a walkable distance, even if it's a little further than somewhere you'd normally walk, consider the benefits for your health, your wallet, and the environment. Taking public transport can often times be cheaper for you and also prevents you from putting as much pollution in the air than if you'd driven yourself. Investing in a bicycle would also give you cleaner options for getting around.
Buy, Sell, and Donate Used Items
Before spending loads of money on brand new furniture for your house or clothes for your family spend some time searching for some good quality used items. Check thrift stores, yard sales, eBay, and Craigslist for any items from couches to books to clothes. If you have items you plan to get rid of think twice before throwing them away. Earning some extra bucks on items you no longer need can help cushion your budget a little. Buying and selling used items will help you save and earn some extra money and ensure that all those items aren't just clogging up a landfill somewhere. Even if you can't be bothered with the hassle of selling consider donating those items so that they can continue to be recycled with someone new.