Tips for Embracing Green Frugality

I can feel the springThere are many different reasons that people opt to live a frugal lifestyle. The main reason, of course, is that they wish to save money. However, people also adopt frugal lifestyles because they wish to reduce waste, live more simply and pursue higher goals than consumerism (such as living a creative life or engaging in spiritual growth). One of the things that many people living a frugal life discover is that they are also interested n living a green life.

Green frugality is popular because saving money and saving the earth are often accomplished by the same actions and ways of thinking. If you’re interested in pursuing a more eco-friendly approach to frugality then start with these steps:

  • Make a list of everything you already do to live frugally that is green. If you walk instead of driving or wear sweaters instead of turning on the heat then you’re acting in an earth-friendly manner. Making this list will help you to see how easy it is to turn your frugal life into a green life.
  • Recycle / repurpose everything that you can. Part of living frugally is learning how to use what you already have to make what you need. This saves money but it also significantly reduces your waste. Waste reduction is a key part of being green.
  • Focus on being aware of the decisions that you make. Living frugally involves making decisions all of the time about how to best save money. When you’re making these decisions, focus on the impact that these choices have on the earth. Choose the money-saving action that is most green. For example, if you want to save money on a summer vacation then you could choose to take a day trip somewhere or you can choose a staycation at home. Staying home is probably greener.
  • Choose green actions with a frugal mindset. As you begin to embrace a green lifestyle, you’ll find yourself presented with a lot of options for going green. You could get an electric car, purchase solar panels for your home or buy carbon footprint offsets. Don’t get tempted away from frugality by these options. Look at the long-range financial impact of all green options and choose the one that is most frugal.

Frugal living and green living do not always mean the same thing. However, they can easily be adapted to fit into a single lifestyle. Making conscious choices and being aware of the impact of your choices on the environment can help you to embrace a green lifestyle while saving money.

This is a guest post by Kathryn Vercillo who writes a frugal blog.

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