10 Ways to Save Money and Earth

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.

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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.

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This post was written by Yolander Prinzel. Yolander is a financial writer as well as a series 7, 66 and 2-15 licensed representative. During her decade of financial industry experience she has been an insurance agency director of marketing and director of operations, a life insurance underwriter, and a trading service specialist for Raymond James Financial Services. She was a featured speaker at the 2006 Hartford National Sales Conference and the 2006 Brookstreet Securities Annual Conference. Check out her portfolio at YolanderPrinzel.com

7 Responses to “10 Ways to Save Money and Earth”

  1. Matt |  Apr 17, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    I love earthday, there is so much litter in the world. Even for one day to clean up all the trash on the side of the road. Making this world a little cleaner for just one day, wish it was every day but one day is a start!

    Thanks for the tips,

  2. Mick |  Apr 22, 2010 at 10:27 am

    I’m green not by choice, but by being frugal. My concern is that earth has become a popular pagan religion which as you know from history led to the deaths of many humans.

  3. Agent Julie |  Apr 23, 2010 at 5:41 am

    I keep saying – if you want green living to become effective, both the Nature and You have to be profiting. There has to be equation ecological=economical.
    Mick – it has nothing to do with Earth. When people need some object of religion, they will find it…

    • Mick |  Apr 23, 2010 at 10:11 am

      There’s a huge difference between being a good steward of the earth and becoming a radicalized environmentalist and worshiping the earth (pagan religion).

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  6. Lumiere |  Mar 16, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    There are so many little things you can do around your house too: small things like make good energy-saving and water-saving appliance purchases, checking for drafts and adding insutation to your basement or attic, to name a few. The government often provides incentive or rebate programs too, in order to further cut down the costs. They change frequently so always check your municipal, provincial or federal government for details if you think a rebate is possible. You don’t have to necessarily go all out with solar panels and geothermal: just make small changes day-by-day and it will all add up ;)