Everyone knows that green living is not only healthy for us but it’s also healthy for the environment. However, did you know that living a green lifestyle could also save you money? It is true. The implementation of a few simple, “green changes” in to your life can in fact save you money.
Grow your own food
Buying groceries is a huge expense for most families. For this reason, growing some of your own herbs and vegetables will most assuredly help you keep more of your hard-earned money. In addition, it’s a great tradition to pass on to your children and can be great life hack as well.
Nowadays, it is easy to create a garden, both indoors and out. Most home improvement and big box stores sell above ground garden containment systems, which are very easy to set up. Best of all, even people who have a small space to work with can still enjoy the benefits of a small herb garden.
Take a trip to your local plant nursery before starting your garden. Since planting seasons will vary depending on the part of the country in which you reside, it’s best to consult with the experts at local nurseries.
Growing your own herbs and produce is a great life hack for those that yearn to become more self-sufficient. A garden of any size will reduce the amount of groceries you have to buy and thus save you money. If you are unsure about gardening, begin with a small herb garden, and then increase the size as you begin to gain confidence in your gardening abilities.
Make your own compost
If you’ve decided to plant your own garden, before you go spending money on expensive compost and fertilizer you may want to consider making your own compost. There are composting bins available for purchase that are easy to use and relatively inexpensive. Of course, you can build your own composting bin if you like. Making your own compost is also advantageous for the environment because it means you will no longer be wasting food scraps by having what you throw away end up in landfills.
Can your produce
After you begin to yield benefits from having your own garden, you can further your journey by learning the art of canning. For many generations, people canned produce in the spring and summer, which kept them fed throughout the winter. It is a wise idea to bring back this tradition. It will save you money not only because you will end up spending less at the store, but because it is also a handy skill to have in the current economy.
Water purification systems are another great way to help the environment and save money. My husband and I had a couple water purifiers installed which has eliminated my need to buy bottled water at the store because we now have bottle-quality water straight from our tap. Moreover, it is the perfect water to use for your canning projects. Rain water works great as well, however, do your research first; collecting rain water is illegal in some states.
Make your own cleaner
Another way to save money and help the environment is by making your own household cleaners. Homemade cleaners can include laundry soap, all-purpose cleaners, dishwashing liquid or even making your own shampoos. There are many great tutorials on the internet that show you easy ways to make cleaners and other products of all kinds using only natural ingredients like baking soda and vinegar. Making your own cleaners will keep your empty cleaning containers out of the landfills and save you money as well.
All of these tips are just some of ways to help save your family some money at the grocery store and improve the environment simultaneously.
Any easy tips I forgot?