I thought I’d compile a list of things I’ve found that are more eco-friendly than what we were doing previously and that have actually saved us money!
1. Ditch paper towels and napkins (except for bacon and greasing pans) – Most of the time you can use a regular kitchen towel or cloth napkin to get the job done. We still use paper towels for bacon grease and greasing a pan for baking.
2. Ditch plastic sandwich baggies – Using re-usable containers is considerably cheaper in the long run (as long as hubby brings them home faithfully, which mine does <3). You can also get re-use sour cream and cottage cheese containers for leftovers.
3. Use wool dryer balls or better yet, use a clothes line for drying- Costs about $6-10 to make 3-4, saves around …. per month based on 6-8 loads (including 3 cloth diaper loads), clothes lines aren’t super functional where I live for 10 months out of the year so I use the dryer balls most of the time
4. Use cloth diapers, cloth wipes, and make your own wipe solution (you can also just use plain water if you like)
5. Re-purpose bags from the store as lunch bags if you don’t already have a lunch bag – I used to get made fun of at work for re-using plastic grocery store bags as my lunch bag, but they fit a lot more than your typical lunch bag, I didn’t have to purchase anything extra, and they work pretty well.
6. Make your grocery list contain enough food to last at least a week or so and stick to it so you don’t need to drive to the store as often
Do you have any tips for greener living that save money that I haven’t mentioned here? I’d love to hear them!