Is being green only for people with money?
Being green is often seen as a thing only wealthy (or even slightly well-off) people care about. I get it – nobody’s going to have headspace to care about the planet while they’re struggling to get food on the table. However, caring for our planet is not always the most expensive way. Going to the cheapest option in front of you can often have the highest cost long-term.
In many ways looking after our planet has saved us money, and for the green things that do cost a little more, we’ve been able to adjust our budget to suit. We don’t make masses of money, but we’ve been able to build our savings over the last few months.
5 ways being green can save you money.
You use less naturally. We’ve cut down on pretty much everything with just one simple trick: asking ourselves do we really need this? If the answer is no, then we don’t do or buy it. The effects of this have been far reaching: we’ve cut down on food and utility bills. I think more probably needs to be said about this at a later date! Savings: about £200 per month
Growing your own food means you aren’t as reliant on supermarkets. Although I had tried to grow my own food before I met Ian, it wasn’t until he showed me the way that I really got into it. Another way to do it is by foraging – I’ve made a lovely wild garlic pesto and a stinging nettle soup recently from leafy greens I foraged for free! Savings: about £20 per month (more if you have more space)
Reducing food waste means you spend less at the shops. Cutting down on portion sizes and being clever about the way you store your food will do wonders for the grocery bill. I’ve spent the last few months cracking down on food waste and I know that most people could comfortably save a fair bit of cash from this. Savings: about £50 a month (or more)
Buying second hand is often cheaper than buying new. It can be really easy to let yourself succumb to Shiny Object Syndrome and buy the next latest model of whatever that’s caught your eye. Before you hand over your cash, stop to think: can I get this cheaper used? Most of the time, the answer will be yes. There are shops on the high street that offer great warranties and return conditions, so chances are you will find exactly what you need. How much you save will depend on what you buy, so I’ve gone in with a low figure here. Savings: about £10 a month (or more)
Walking short journeys means you aren’t paying for fuel or public transport. The cheapest form of transport is yourself! Leave the car at home whenever you are able. You’ll save money on bus/taxi fares or fuel, the roads will be slightly less full than usual, and the air that little bit fresher. Savings: about £20 a month
Total money saved by being greener? £300 a month!
Imagine how much you’d save if you did all of this, and how much better our planet would be if we all did this! Check out this other post on how to kickstart your finances.
Did I miss anything out? Let me know in the comments!