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How to Save Money While Being Green

Posted on Monday, April 21st, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Celebrate Earth Day by doing things that are good for the planet and good for your budget, too!Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 every year. The week surrounding it tends to focus on things you can do that are good for the environment. One way to get motivated to help protect the earth is to find ways that will enable you to save money at the same time. Here are a few to get started with.

Eco-Friendly Frugal Living

Bring Reusable Bags
Do you live in a place that has initiated a plastic bag ban? Don’t forget to bring your reusable bags with you when you go shopping. Grocery stores have started charging money for the paper bags that customers use. The same stores often give customers five or ten cents for every reusable bag that they end up using.

Recycle Cans and Bottles
California has something called CRV. In short, it means that you can take those cans and bottles to a recycling place and get back some money for them. Some other states have similar programs. One simple way to do it is to gather all the cans and bottles into a large trash bag. When the bag is full, take it to a recycling facility like RePlanet.

Use Cloth Instead of Paper
Do you use a lot of paper towels when you clean? You can save money by switching to cloths instead of paper. Cut up some of your old t-shirts that have holes in them. Use those pieces as cleaning cloths. Toss them into the wash when they get dirty and reuse them. You can save money this way because you won’t have to purchase as many paper towels as you did before.

Sun Dry Your Laundry
Is your backyard big enough for a clothesline? The weather is getting nice and warm (in many parts of the United States). Get some clothespins and let the sun and warm air dry your laundry for you. Many people enjoy the freshness of sun dried laundry. Running your dryer costs money because it uses electricity. Using a clothesline to dry your clothes doesn’t cost anything (no matter how often you use it).

Take the Bus
This idea works best for people who live in a place that has good public transportation. Instead of driving your car to work (or to dinner) take the bus instead. Taking one trip on a bus only costs a few dollars. You can avoid the expense of having to refill the tank on your vehicle (or, put it off for a while longer). Those that ride the bus often can purchase a weekly or monthly pass that helps lower the cost of each, individual, trip.

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