Being Cheap Can Help the Planet

My parents were pioneers in the green movement. They weren’t necessarily trying to save the environment, but they grew up during the Great Depression when every penny counted. It turns out their thrifty habits are gentle on the environment too.

Many of these habits work today to both save money and help my family reduce our impact on our environment – qualities that I want to pass onto my children.

Admittedly, there are a few things my parents tried that did not work out: “cleaning” used cat litter (yuck!) and raising our own rabbits for meat (more expensive than you might think). However, here are a few we’ve adopted:

Let the car sit: My family only had one ca


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4 Responses to Being Cheap Can Help the Planet

  1. I gave up meat for lent and it has helped my budget and my midsection. Last night I went out to eat and simply got a Cesar salad and a plain potato. All in all it set me back $6 as opposed to a typical meal of $8-$15. When Lent is over I’m going to keep my meat portions low.

  2. Jay Gatsby says:

    Keeping your meat portions is definitely a way to pay less, but you get less of the protein your body desperately needs. If anything, you should order tofu-based dishes and other vegetarian meals that feature high-protein vegetables. However, and this is a medical fact, soy has a detrimental effect on testosterone production in men. So if you’re a man, being a vegetarian can lead to low testosterone, particularly if you are over the age of 30.

  3. Some great money/planet saving tips – thank you! Unless you really enjoy your lawn, I would go one step further and eliminate it. Plant edibles instead and put all that water to work growing your own food!

  4. Brenda says:

    Great article. Found it through Twitter. I can’t cut down on the use of my car as the closest store is 15 km and I do in home care and need it for my job. :(

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