6 Tips for Living Green Without Losing the Green in Your Wallet

Frugal, Effective, Incremental Lifestyle Changes

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Going green does more than save the environment, particularly for families looking to save a little money on their living costs. Eco-friendly alternatives are ideal for anyone on a budget because you can save a ton of money while doing your part to protect the environment for future generations.

These six tips can help you get started on saving the green in your wallet while greening your home.

  1. Clean Naturally. Products like vinegar and baking soda are naturally safe for the environment and can be used for daily cleaning in place of potentially commercial products.

    Vinegar and baking soda also cost a fraction of the price of prepared cleaners. Adding essential oils, such as lavender or tea tree oil, scents the cleaner while also working to kill germs around the house.

    If you aren’t sure what cleaners to buy consider asking a local company like Janitorial Services Tampa which are the best for cleaning and staying green.

  2. Switch to Reusable. In today’s Eco-friendly marketplace, you can find dozens of reusable alternatives that include reusable sandwich bags, water bottles and shopping bags.

    When you make the switch, commit to using your reusable products as much as possible to save money and reduce waste.

  3. Recycle. If you pay for trash removal, you know that the costs can quickly add up when you go over your weekly limit on bags of garbage per week. Opt to recycle as much as possible.

    Most city based trash pickup plans include free recycling bins. If you live in a rural area, simply sort your recyclables into plastic bins and take the materials into your recycling center on a regular schedule.

  4. Look for Green Services. Research the stores you shop at to see if the company is being green conscious as well. By the simple act of buying green products, or buying at store which support these endeavors you can help and do your part.

    Many janitorial companies are now offering environmentally conscious alternatives to traditional cleaning services at the same price, so do your research before you buy.

  5. Simple Solutions. Using the resources that nature provides allows you to save money and the environment. Hanging laundry out to dry is one simple way that you can lower monthly living expenses and reduce your carbon footprint.

  6. Buy Less. Opting for a larger, family-sized package of beverages and foods at your grocer can save money and reduce the amount of garbage that your family produces.

    You can also look for packaging that is made from recycled materials, is biodegradable and that contains minimal materials to reduce your carbon footprint.

Going green isn’t complicated when you look for simple solutions that work for your family. There are many different types of things that you can do to reduce your carbon footprint and cut costs on your Eco-friendly journey.

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Blogging and budgeting are 2 of Andrew's passion. Over the last 3 years he has been an active blogger and has published numerous articles. From debt consolidation to estate planning, Andrew has a sound knowledge of the personal finance world.

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