Five Ways to Be Green For Less

Green has become synonymous with more expensive. Here are five ways to be more green for less money.

1. Paperless billing. Today, while newspapers are floundering across the country online informational sites continue to grow. Today we pay our bills, check up on our friends and family, watch TV, and get recipes online. Switch over your bills to paperless billing. Not only do some companies reward you for not having to send you a paper bill in the mail every month, but we are using less paper, less energy, and making less waste every month.

2. Free Ads. Nothing tops the strange satisfaction of getting something for free. With websites like Craigs List, Freecycle.org, and local newspaper ads, there are plenty of resources for items in good condition that are absolutely free of charge. You’ll also be surprised how easily it is for you to give away things you no longer need anymore. Instead of tossing your old dining room table, list it for free and give someone else the chance to be as mindful as you are.

3. Make your own. While organic whole wheat bread may push five dollars a loaf at your local health food store, it costs just a fraction of that amount to make it at home. Not only will it make the house smell amazing but your family members might be so impressed they won’t even miss going out to a restaurant instead. Making smart food choices does not mean throwing away every box of mac and cheese hiding in the house, but incorporating healthier items too.

4. Antique. Getting complimented on decor does not have to mean maxing out credit cards at the local furniture and home decoration store. Thrift stores, vintage shops, antique dealers and consignment stores are great resources of home decor at a fraction of the new price. Not only is buying a piece of furniture from an antique shop going to cost you less money but it will be better manufactured. You will also be supporting local businesses instead of giant furniture stores who import their products overseas. I always get more compliments on my antique pieces rather than my new ones. Vintage is very popular right now, and mixing and matching is the key to a nice home design, and a greener attitude.

5. Be Romantic. I know what you’re thinking: romance is expensive. Things like a candlelit dinner, a walk at sunset and showering together are not only romantic, they’re green! Snuggle up in winter and turn down that thermostat just a few degrees. Making dinners at home warm up the house as well as the heart. Watching a movie together on the couch is a fraction of the cost of going to see a movie, plus the food is healthier and you won’t need to drive to get there.

Green doesn’t have to be expensive. Let us know your ideas for doing green on the cheap.

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