In honor of Earth Day, I wanted to write about ideas on how to make changes to benefit the environment. I admit that I am not the best at being “green”. My family and I are working on it though! As I started thinking about protecting the planet, there are several changes that we can make that are also budget friendly.
- Start a garden: I know I have recommended starting a garden several times. Having fresh vegetables without the use of pesticides is just wonderful! Deal Seeking Mom has a great post “Growing Your Own Garden: Does it Really Save Money?“.
- Use Reusable Bags: Plastic bags are a convenience but they are rough on the environment. Plastic bags are not biodegradable and they are a danger to animal life. There are so many places to get free reusable totes these days. Plus some stores give you a credit for bringing in your own reusable totes. I am guilty of forgetting my bags on many occasions! I am going to make a conscious effort to make a habit out of using reusable bags.
- Recycle Electronics: With the ever changing technology, we all have electronics sitting around. Most electronic items can be recycled. Check with your local disposal service or join Recycle Bank. Recycle Bank gives you points that you can redeem for coupons and rewards. Cell phones can be recycled to help soldiers or certain shelters. Placing electronic items in the trash is harmful to the environment because they are not biodegradable. Plus, there is probably someone out there that can make something out of your used items!
- Reuse: Think about all of the items we throw away each year. Get creative and reuse items before you trash them! Make a craft, use containers for storage (glass jars, plastic tubs, coffee cans, etc.) or swap clothes or household items. Books can be swapped or donated to the library or a school. Before you throw anything out, think about whether someone else could use it. Now, I am not suggesting you become a pack rat! If you can’t use the item, list it on Freecycle or donate it.
What are your ideas for make earth friendly changes that will also help your budget?
Now it’s your turn!
If you are a blogger, write a post about your idea for making dollars out of change. It can be on any topic as long as it has to do with saving money. Please place a link back to Madame Deals in your post. Then come back here and add your post URL to the linky. Please post directly to your post and not your homepage.
If you do not have a blog, we still welcome and encourage your participation! Please leave your thoughts in the in a comment below!