Being frugal is better for you pocket, the environment and your wellbeing. Here’s how…

I’m not a hippy by any means. I buy my clothes new, I drive a car and there are many things that I could do better. But I’v always been a little environmentally conscious and I think there are small changes that we can make that are better for our bodies and the environment. Being frugal, environmentally aware and health conscious all tend to come hand in hand. Here are some things that I have done or do, or intend to incorporate into my lifestyle…

  • Don’t use disposables whereever possible. Some cafes will give you a discount if you bring your own cup. Otherwise, order your coffee in a mug and have some “me” time.
  • Drink from a re-usable drink bottle. I refuse to buy bottled water.
  • Don’t buy single use cleaning wipes.
  • Make your own cleaning products.
  • Read electronic books instead of a paper back or borrow your books from the library.
  • Grow a herb and veggie garden and share with your neighbours.
  • Use your washing line not your dryer.
  • Eat less processed food. It’s better for your body and used less resources to get to the supermarket.
  • Replace old light globes with energy efficient globes.
  • Reduce the number of hours that your pool pump runs in the winter.
  • Don’t use your air conditioner unless temperatures are extreme.
  • Only use the washing machine and dishwasher if you have a full load.
  • Include fruit trees in your ornamental garden.
  • Recycle packaging.
  • Keep chickens for eggs.
  • Compost your scraps.
  • Use re-usable shopping bags.
  • Mend or refashion your clothes.
  • Buy fresh food from a local wholesaler or markets to minimise packing.
  • Donate unwanted goods to charity. Otherwise give them away.
  • Buy second hand furniture.
  • Don’t print photos unless you are going to use them.
  • Bigger is not better, it uses more resources and is worse for the environment.
  • Turn lights off when you leave a room.
  • Turn on-standby devices off at the wall.
  • Invest in solar panels.
  • Turn the TV off when it is not in use.
  • Bake home goods-biscuits, bread etc. You can cut out a whole heap of chemicals and preservatives that you don’t need.
  • Drink water not sugary drinks. Water is all you need…. and coffee.
  • Use containers instead of cling wrap or sandwich bags.
  • Welcome hand-me downs.
  • Drive a lower cylinder car or green car.
  • Walk and ride wherever you can.
  • Go to bed earlier and get up earlier to make the most of daylight.
  • Eat less meat. If you’re not sure how to do this, google “meditteranean diet” or something similar. A Mediterranean diet involves eating less meat and dairy, using more beans, fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and has been found to be one of the best diets in the world for your health.
If there are things that you can add to this list, feel free to share in the comments.

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