Money Saving

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It may seem counterintuitive to many to believe that living a more eco friendly life is cost efficient. But for a number of reasons this really is the case, as one of our managers can attest personally, having reduced her cost of living by more than 50% since starting her journey

Some examples are:

Living a less consumer-driven lifestyle (buy only what you need, when you need it, and ideally second hand) stops you spending money you don’t need to spend

Switching to a green energy provider, monitoring energy usage, being mindful of how many switches and lights are on and using extra layers rather than the heating when it’s chilly, all reduce the bills

Cutting down on unnecessary “stuff” as gifts and instead giving meaningful time/activity based gifts is often cheaper (and as a bonus brings extra joy)

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Changing your food habits (only buying the food you need when you need it, rather than large shops, eating less meat, buying unpackaged local high quality products) might mean paying more for individual items, but overall the amount you spend goes down as you only buy fresh filling food and not junk which you eat in large quantities

Learning to make and mend more (whether darning a holey sock, making your own cleaning materials, creating a natural facemask, or cooking from scratch) all save us money

Changing your approach to holidays and making use of staycations and cutting down on long flights can both save significant funds if you travel regularly

Cutting down on car ownership can have a major impact if you’re not buying new cars, paying tax and MOTs on those cars or for petrol day to day. Walking, cycling and public transport are in the main a much cheaper way to get around

Getting kids in on the act of thinking about the planet first changes their expectations for new things, more things, and the latest things! Let’s not kid ourselves that they won’t want anything at all but encouraging preloved and less cuts costs significantly

Creating your own compost and growing some of your own food can cut your day to day expenses significantly (as well as replacing plastic covered produce with much tastier alternatives)

One tip to be mindful of – don’t be tempted as you start your eco journey to just replace everything you have with eco-friendly alternatives. That creates a lot of unnecessary waste and can cost a lot. Instead think about extending the life of what you have until it no longer serves its purpose, and then moving to a more eco-friendly alternative (or sell on what you already have & don’t use, to make some money to pay for the things you want).