Saving Money And The Environment At The Same Time!

By Tammy Taylor

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With Earth Day happening this week it’s only natural to talk about how saving money oftentimes goes hand-in-had with helping the environment.  Hey if I can save money and help the environment at the same time, how could I not be on board with that? Of course not every example will work for every family but you’ve got to start somewhere, eh?  Pick & choose items that might work easily for your home and sit back & enjoy the savings, both environmentally in your bank account.

Many ways to save money in your home are environmentally friendly as well! If I can save money and help the environment at the same time I'm on board with that! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Cooking from scratch may be one of the largest money savers in the budget since eating out too often can rack up quite a bill in no time flat. If you don’t know how to cook, start small with a beginning cookbook or internet search for easy recipes.  Maybe learn to make desserts or one of your family’s favorite meals first.  Then add to your skill little by little.  I promise you it will make a HUGE difference in your budget, your health and your sense of accomplishment.

To make that home-cooked meal even less expensive, try buying your staples in bulk.  Many people report saving oodles of money purchasing groceries through Amazon.  Be sure to check *Amazon Here  to compare grocery prices, you may be pleasantly surprised.

Many ways to save money in your home are environmentally friendly as well! If I can save money and help the environment at the same time I'm on board with that! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Now that you’ve learned to cook from scratch it’s time to look at convenience mixes.  Try mixing up some amazing spice mixes or seasoned bread crumbs. Pour them into a recycled spice shaker, apply a label and you’re ready to go!  No need to run to the store.

There are other ways to provide for yourself other than meals and spice mixes.  I recently posted about how easy it is to make your very own homemade yogurt.  It was astonishing to find out how easy it was.  And by reusing 1/2-pint canning jars I’ve already placed them in single servings for quick grab-n-go access. PLUS I’ve reduced landfill trash bunches.  Don’t even get me started on how much healthier it is!

Many ways to save money in your home are environmentally friendly as well! If I can save money and help the environment at the same time I'm on board with that! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Finally, look at your use of disposables.  So many of these things don’t really save you any time and they CERTAINLY don’t save you any money!  Real plates and flatware make a meal seem more special.  And there are no disposables to haul to the landfill.  Cloth napkins are easy to make.  But if you’re sewing-impaired (like me) they are also inexpensive to buy.  Since I throw them in the wash along with a regular load of laundry they literally cost nothing else to use.  It seems so much more elegant to use a cloth napkin for our meals.

Many ways to save money in your home are environmentally friendly as well! If I can save money and help the environment at the same time I'm on board with that! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Here’s another easy idea:  I have a small covered *Pyrex take-out container that I leave in my car.  When we do enjoy an occasional meal out I grab my “take-out container” and bring it into the restaurant with me.  Since the typical serving sizes at most restaurants are beyond massive I immediately place 1/2 of the meal in my Pyrex container.  This keeps me from having to accept the awful styrofoam containers they typically give you (which is not recyclable in my area).

When I get home I pop it in the fridge. The next day I can pull it out and heat & eat out of the same dish.  Now I’ve gotten twice the value from my one meal out.  When the dish is empty I simply wash the container, place the lid back on and put it back in my car.  It’s always there when I need it.   Why yes… I think I’m clever – why do you ask?  LOL.

There are many, MANY other ways to save money & the environment at the same time.  What are some of your favorite ways?

 

~TMH~

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36 thoughts on “Saving Money And The Environment At The Same Time!

  1. Andrea

    I have stopped using a lot of disposables and take a travel mug in the car but hadn’t thought of containers for leftovers/take-out. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      It’s interesting how one little thing over time can have a pretty powerful impact, Andrea. Then when you start adding too your successes? Awesome! ~TMH~

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  2. Next to Natural

    I love your idea about taking your own container to restaurants and using them as to-go boxes! Sounds super simple and like a great, eco-friendly tip! Thanks for sharing over at Simply Natural Saturdays!

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  3. Elaine

    What a great and timely post!! You are definitely doing your part…we all should make some little changes to protect the environment!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Pinned!!

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  4. Quirky Homemaker

    Great ideas. I love cooking from scratch. We try to use our cloth napkins, too. And we use washcloths instead of sponges for everything else. I have to say I’ve wandered a little from truly trying to not be wasteful since I’ve been so busy. I need to get back to a place where I’m doing as much as I can.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Don’t beat yourself up – we all do what we can in our circumstances. When my kiddos were young I used lots of convenience foods, etc. Now that we’re empty nesters I have much more time to dedicate to living simply and it’s something that’s truly important to me. ~TMH~

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  5. Marla

    I sure agree with about food and making things from scratch. I have many food allergies & sensitivities so I have to know exactly what I am eating. I don’t trust buying anything from a restaurant or packaged. Anything I buy I like to know the original and that is a company I can trust. I do buy some food off of Amazon but usually its in cases – like a case of Thai coconut milk or other canned things I can’t buy fresh and local. They definitely have some good prices on some food items. I think we should all be practicing everyday conserving paper products and anything that helps save the environment I believe we all have responsibility to do our part. Sharing on tweeter & pinning..

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  6. Karen

    Learned from a friend to use washcloths as napkins for every-day use; absorbant, inexpensive, come in lots of colors, easy to wash.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I’ve heard the washcloth thing as well – especially good for those with children as there’s a little extra “scrub-ability” with those. Thanks for sharing. ~TMR~

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  7. 'Becca

    NIce article! I also bring my own container(s) for restaurant leftovers and find that it’s really more convenient in many ways. I do a lot of things that save both money and the environment, but reusable feminine hygiene products are one of my favorites because they just work so much better and are so much more comfortable than the disposable ones.

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  8. Jenny

    I’ve just learned the grocery shopping at Amazon trick. When we lived within five minutes of a store there was no need. Now buying in bulk and having it delivered is so much cheaper. Thanks for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop! Look forward to having you back tomorrow: blackfoxhomestead.com/the-homeacre-hop/

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Jenny, I can’t believe it took me so long to learn the Amazon trick. But you’re right, although shopping from Amazon can save anyone doing bulk purchases, the further out you live, the more it makes sense. ~TMR~

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  9. Robert Nelson

    Very Nice Post. You suggested Amazon to check grocery prices…good idea. Turns out, according to this wekeend’s San Francisco Chronicle, buying groceries online is more environmentally friendly than shopping at the store. Check out vine.com, as well, for natural and environmentally friendly products!

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  10. Hannah

    You ARE clever! We buy from Amazon too.. good prices in a lot of organic staples! Thanks for sharing with us at at Eco-Kids Tuesday!!! Please join us again today!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Hannah, I’m becoming an Amazon junkie I think – why did it take me so long to figure it out?? LOL ~TMR~

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  11. Jamie

    I love cooking from scratch too. I’ll have to try the cloth napkins on a daily basis. I never thought of that! Thanks for linking up to Give Me The Goods Monday! Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Thanks Jayne – It was my “slaps forehead” moment after cringing over a styrofoam container coming home with us after a rare meal out one night! I’ve never looked back… 🙂 ~TMR~

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  12. Heather may

    You are exactly right! My family stopped buying prepackaged items and making our own stuff from scratch, we have saved tons of money in groceries….Thanks for your recipes BTW, they are helping a lot!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Excellent Heather – glad to hear. I hate that there’s so much landfill-destined packaging in stuff purchased now. It makes me feel like I’ve won in THREE places when I do it myself – less expensive – more healthy – no packaging. ~TMR~

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  13. Heather M

    Absolutely love the idea of taking my own container to the restaurant. I hate those styrofoam or plastic containers. Thank you so much for linking up with us for Fabulously Frugal Thursday!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I agree Heather – I hate the styrofoam part too. When people see me with it they mention “Wow, I never even thought of that!” LOL ~TMR~

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Thanks Mary – I make yogurt about once a week to week and a half. Making it unsweetened gives me so many more options with it! Give it a try. ~TMR~

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Thanks for your compliment! As I was walking through the pasture I was astonished at the color contrast of this beautiful butterfly with the vibrant purple flowers and wondered what this plant was that the butterflies seemed so attracted to – Per our extension agent the plant is called Ironweed. I’ll be watching for it in the pastures from now on, butterflies seemed to flock to the blooms! ~TMR~

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  14. Diane Balch

    You are so right on in this post… have you seen the book “Salt, Sugar, Fat” about the horrible way process foods are designed to make people get addicted to them… plus they are more expensive… crazy.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Thanks for your comment Diane. I always just feel better knowing what’s in my food (and what isn’t) I’ve repeated over & over again that it’s all about balance so I don’t make myself crazy over every little thing, but if it’s just as easy, it’s quick and much less expensive to make it yourself & take out any question, why not?? LOL ~TMR~

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  15. Michelle

    I absolutely LOVE this post. Had no idea you could buy groceries from Amazon either. Also, I am big in recycling and placing a dish in the car for leftovers from a restaurant IS clever, going to do that too! Thank you for this post.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Michelle – thanks for your comment. Like you I was surprised when I first found out you could buy food from Amazon, but you really can often get a better deal having it shipped right to your door. We’ve included an Amazon link on our right-side bar to make it easy for you to compare prices. Give it a try! ~TMR~

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