3 High-Impact Ways to Be Frugal and Eco-Friendly With Your Wallet

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Every time we make a purchase, we cast a vote with our dollars. As a frugal environmentalist, I try my best to be a conscious consumer.

Oftentimes, being frugal and sustainable with your wallet is just as much about where you don’t spend your money as it is about where you do spend your money.

Today, though, we’ll delve into three ways you can spend your money, perhaps in a different way than you normally do.

This post is a part of the Frugally Sustainable series. Check out the other posts in the series if you haven’t already!
12 Ways to Be Frugally Sustainable in the Kitchen
5 Ways to Be Frugally Sustainable On the Go
5 High Impact Ways to Make Your Wardrobe Frugal and Eco-Friendly
8 Ways to Be Frugally Sustainable in the Laundry Room

Buy New As Little As Possible

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If you want to save money or live a more sustainable life, but don’t know where to start, start here.

Our society tries to convince us that we need so many new and shiny purchases to be happy. The truth is, you probably have items in your home right now that you could get rid of!

Buying new as little as possible can be done in so many ways. You could embrace minimalism, choosing to pare down your items to anything that truly serves a purpose for your life.

You could implement a 60-day rule. Any time you want something new, you must first search for it secondhand for 60 days. This rule is great for larger items like furniture. It’s also great for things you already have many of–for example, clothes. Just because you want that striped top doesn’t mean you actually need it.

Oftentimes, at the end of 60 days, you may find that you don’t even still want the item you were pining for.

Another way to implement the principle of buying new as little as possible is by thrift shopping. You can make a commitment to only purchase secondhand in some area of your life. Furniture and clothing are also great examples–you could commit to only buying your clothing secondhand (with the exception of underwear, of course!). If you’re just moving into a new place, you could commit to buying all of your furniture and housewares from the thrift store as well.

Buy Local

If you can’t purchase an item secondhand, a great way to get it is by buying locally.

There are many reasons to support your local businesses. One main reason that is often mentioned is that more of your money stays in your community when you shop local.

However, another reason deserves just as much attention–buying from local businesses is better for the environment. Local businesses use less unnecessary packaging, and less fuel to conduct their business. Many times, they also use less fuel to get their items.

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Nowhere is this more true than when talking about your local farmer. When you purchase produce from the grocery store, it is all packaged in plastic. Have you ever taken all the plastic off and just held it in your hand? It is eye-opening.

Why not head to the farmers market or a local fruit stand? You’ll not only support your community, but also bring less waste into your home!

Support Sustainable Brands

Often the sustainable brands can have some of the most frugal products.

What do I mean? Well, if you’ve been around a while you’ve likely heard me talk about all of the benefits of reuseables. I absolutely hate spending money on items that are just going to get thrown away.

This pet peeve of mine has caused me to buy many reuseable products so that I don’t waste money on disposable products. And you know what? It actually saves money in the long run! Reuseable products pay for themselves.

Many companies have reuseable alternatives and are also conducting their business with minimal environmental impact, but it can be difficult to find these companies if you’re not sure what you’re looking for.

That’s why I love EarthHero! They seek to make earth-friendly shopping the new normal. They and the brands that they carry are all very transparent about their environmental impact. EarthHero itself is a Certified B Corporation, which is a fancy way of saying that they meet the highest standards for sustainable business practices.

EarthHero is a one-stop-shop for over 150 sustainable brands, which makes it incredibly easy to find planet-friendly products that will also save you money.

Take, for example, these Stasher silicone bags. They are an initial investment, but as I said, they will start to pay for themselves when you no longer need to buy disposable ziploc bags.

Imagine if you could effortlessly fill your home with products like these! How different would your monthly budget look if you no longer needed to buy paper towel, plastic bags or disposable diapers? How different would your life look if you no longer purchased bottled water or disposable dish sponges? If you could find reuseable alternatives to wasteful cleaning products like Swiffers?

Even if you only saved $30 a month by not buying those products, that is $360 a year! Imagine if you were able to put an extra $360 a year into savings or debt payoff!

This is what EarthHero offers you. Yes, these products are an initial investment up front. Before long, though, they will free up so much money in your budget!

If you are interested in shopping for hundreds of sustainable products that will reduce your waste footprint and help you save money, I have great news.

EarthHero has graciously offered an exclusive discount code for readers! Use code SERENA10 to get 10% off on your purchases!*

Building up your repertoire of reusable products is often not something that you only do once, it is a process. In fact, I’m still building mine! But I promise you, it does make a difference.

So head over to EarthHero and pick a sustainable product to invest in!

And don’t miss the other posts in the Frugally Sustainable series!
12 Ways to Be Frugally Sustainable in the Kitchen
5 Ways to Be Frugally Sustainable On the Go
5 High Impact Ways to Make Your Wardrobe Frugal and Eco-Friendly
8 Ways to Be Frugally Sustainable in the Laundry Room

*Code SERENA10 is not case sensitive, can’t be used on sale items, can’t be paired with other coupons, can’t be used on Gift Cards, TerraCycle boxes, Zeal Optics, or Naturepedic products.

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