Save Money by Saving the Environment

Happy Earth Day!

by Meredith Morris

Financial Frequency. mySavings

April 22, 2020 . 3 min read

Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. While Earth Day looks very different for us this year, we can still take the time to celebrate! This year’s theme is climate action. While there are many obstacles to overcome, it also offers up many opportunities for us. So, to celebrate earth day we decided to put together a list of our favorite ways to save the earth, which are also great for the wallet.

Stop buying plastic water bottles.

Single-use plastic is so awful for the environment and actually costs you a lot more money in the long run. There are so many great options for reusable water bottles these days. While the upfront cost may seem a little steep in some cases, it will save you a ton in the long run. Some of our absolute favorite water bottles are S’well, Hydroflask, and Yeti. There are also many cheap options out there that will do the trick.

Walk or bike when you can.

Gas can add up, especially if you use your car multiple times a day. Now is the perfect time to start walking or biking so you can spend a little more time outdoors and it gives you a great excuse to get out of your house. The less you use your car, the fewer carbon emissions will be in the air.

Grow a garden.

We’re all looking for new hobbies right now and a garden is a great excuse to get you outside. Even if you don’t have outdoor space you can start growing herbs inside your home. This will save you money at the grocery store and help cut down on food waste. Start with some of your favorite fruits, vegetables or herbs and keep growing from there! And we promise you it tastes so much better than the produce from the store. 

Unplug.

Make sure that when you’re not using something in your home that it’s either unplugged or turned off. Lights, electronics, even your toaster oven if you’re not using it! These things still use electricity while plugged in, so save a little money and stay unplugged. It will help with your bills and help the environment. Another trick to save on electricity is to make sure you have high-efficiency light bulbs. Old blubs waste a lot more energy, so switching these out will save you some money in the long run. 

Carry reusable bags.

Stop using plastic bags at the grocery store. These bags are doing irreversible harm to our wildlife and our environment. Reusable bags will also save you some money. The Wall Street Journal reported that the city of San Francisco estimated it costs taxpayers about $8.5 million a year to clean up, recycle and landfill plastic bags. A lot of grocery stores are now charging for you to use plastic bags as well. And the best thing is that you can use these bags for more than just groceries. You’ll find that they really come in handy.

Buy Used.

One woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure. Whether it’s a car, a couch, a bike, or a pair of shoes -- there are so many awesome options now for you to find what you’re looking for. For example, thredUP is an awesome site to find high quality used clothes for a fraction of the cost. This will save you money while cutting back on trash.

Even if you can pick up only one or two of these habits, you’ll start doing your part to save the environment and your wallet will thank you. If you’re looking for more activities to do this Earth Day check out the official Earth Day site here