10 Ways to Save Money and Earth
By Yolander Prinzel
Like many things, Earth Day, April 22nd, carries a lot of political baggage. There are those who celebrate Earth Day because they believe in (and want to stop) climate change, and there are those who eschew Earth Day and all the hippie lore they think it stands for. No matter what side of the political or ecological fence you come down on, chances are you think Earth Day is as good a day as any to save money. You also would probably like to see less pollution, litter and landfills—I mean, who wouldn’t? So here is a list of 10 ways to create less waste, save money, and maybe save the Earth… that is… if you believe in that kind of thing.
1. Stop buying individually packaged snacks. Not only is it cheaper to buy your snack foods in bulk but you also create less waste when you do so.
2. For free fun with the kids, go to Pottery Barn Kids on Earth Day and enjoy free gifts and activities.
3. Buy used. When you buy used goods, you spend much less money than you would if you bought new. You can also help prevent more landfill waste, factory fumes and pollutants when you buy used goods. If you find the thought of buying used a little skeevy, start small and buy only plastic of glass items that are easily cleaned and disinfected. If you are a fan of the library, then buying used books won’t be too much of a sacrifice either.
4. Buy fewer goods online. Not only will you save on shipping fees when you buy from your local stores, but by not having so many individual items hand-delivered to your doorstep, you will help reduce smog and pollution.
5. Visit your local grocer and buy three organic creamery products and fill out your redemption card for a free tote. You don’t even have to wait until Earth Day for this—the offer is good from April 1st through May 31st.
6. Visit a national park for free any day from April 17th through April 25th. While you are there, why not pick up any litter you find around? After all, environmentalist or not—you probably enjoy a clean park, right?
7. Turn electronics off when you aren’t using them and unplug power-wasters like cell phone chargers. Not only is this good for the environment, but it will also reduce your electric bill and keep your house a little bit cooler.
8. Get a free Kellogg’s reusable bag with the purchase of two cereals after you fill out this form.
9. Don’t wash your laundry in the washing machine or dishes in the dishwasher unless you have a full load. This can reduce your water usage which will lower your water bill. It also reduces and lowers your energy bill.
10. Buy green and sustainable products from Planet Forward and save 40% with coupon code BGSG40. The code is good until May 31. Sustainable products are less of a burden on the environment.
Photo credit: talese_estelle
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