The following is a reprint of a previously published post. Enjoy!
- Use your library.
- Eat the food you’ve bought, and eat then your leftovers.
- Shop from your closet instead of buying new clothes.
- Give gifts that you already own, like a couple of great books or an admired knick-knack.
- Go for a walk outside instead of on a treadmill.
- Cook from scratch.
- Send your kids into the backyard instead of taking them to a movie or arcade.
- Repair items instead of replacing them.
- Turn the thermostat down in your house and add an extra layer.
- Plant a vegetable garden. It’s amazing what you can grow in even a small space. (We grow all our own lettuce for the summer in a single wheelbarrow.)
- Make your own cleaning products, or better yet, clean with water.
- When a friend wants to get together, go for a walk instead of eating out.
- Choose a simple close-to-home vacation instead of a can-only-get-there-by-flying elaborate trip.
- Bring your own bags to the grocery store. Always. And then make sure they give you that three cent per-bag refund.
- Minimize your garbage output, then go to a less frequent pickup service.
- Drive less, and then contact your insurance agent to get a discount.
- Hang-dry your laundry.
- Decline invitations to those Tupperware, Party-lite, Pampered Chef etc. parties.
- Buy used whenever possible. Better yet, join The Compact.
- Refuse to use credit cards for anything that’s not an emergency.
Did I miss something? Please add your list in the comments section below.
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