If I were to ask you what are some ways that you can save money each month, I would guess that you could give me at least a couple of ways, even if it is just a simple DIY appliance repair. But if I were to ask you why those things actually save you money, what would you say? The obvious answer is “well, duh,” and something to the fact that they reduce spending or something to that effect. This is true, but could there be some common themes in living a frugal life?
Every week I try to publish 5 creative ways to save money. More often than not, these are ways that I personally use to save money. Some are ways that I heard or read about. In writing these weekly posts, I have come to realize that there is at least one common trend in many of my tips. So, instead of answering the ‘How’ question (How can I save money), I think I will try to answer the ‘Why’ question (Why do these things save me money). In other words, what is it about commonly accepted ‘frugal tips’ that helps me save money. Here’s what I have come up with.
Green isn’t just the color of money
In my weekly posts, I have realized that many of my ways to save money are also part of environmental efforts. Is this just a coincidence? I think not! In fact, if you think about the basic philosophy of “Going Green,” it seems pretty obvious. Think of the motto that was ingrained into our heads as children (it was taught to me, at least): ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.’ One of the first steps in saving the earth is reducing our consumption. Reducing our use of items or even using more efficient items is a huge part of both saving money and ecological movements. Here’s a brief overview of some of the green frugal tips that I have given in both my weekly ways to cut costs and other articles:
Understanding this connection between frugal living and environmental concerns can help us pinpoint new ways to save money.
What are some ways that you can reduce your spending? Are there ways you can reduce the things you buy or make more efficient?
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