1. Buy in bulk
One of the easiest and most effective ways you can cut back spending and reduce your environmental impact at the grocery store is by buying items in bulk. Non-bulk and single-use items are often marked up to account for packaging costs which affects your wallet as well as the planet. By buying in bulk, experts say that you can save anywhere from 20-83% at the grocery store.
2. Ditch single use items
To save even more plastic at the grocery store, bring your own reusable bags for carrying your groceries and packing your bulk items—many grocery stores sell glass jars which you can use to fill up at the bulk bins. In some cities and states, BYOBagging is mandated if you want to avoid incurring a bag charge.
3. Embrace alternative energy
If you’re looking for a long-term solution to reduce your energy bill and your carbon footprint, using alternative energy could be a great way to do so. Setting up solar and other forms of alternative energy can be a substantial cost to incur at the start, but you could save money on your energy bill over time, and you may even qualify for a tax deduction.
4. Consider alternative transportation
Another way you can save green while going green is by opting for alternative transportation methods like biking, taking public transit, carpooling, or using rideshare programs. Plus, not being the one behind the wheel in rush hour traffic is a plus!
5. Start a vegetable garden
If you’re confident with your gardening abilities, you might try sourcing your fruits and vegetables from your own organic garden this summer. This can reduce the amount of chemicals put into the environment and help decrease grocery store food waste. Less demand = less production.
6. Try meatless mondays
Here’s another way to show your support for the environment—reduce your intake of meat and other animal products. These animal products use many more natural resources to get to your kitchen table than plant based products do. Plus, these items are often much more expensive than their animal-free alternatives. Start reducing your intake by cutting out animal products one day per week.
7. Buy secondhand when you can
Another great way to slow down the cycle of production is to buy used instead of new. Items like clothing and household wares can easily be purchased used through online marketplaces and thrift shops.
8. Go paperless
Still getting bills in your mail? Besides crowding your mailbox, paper bills are tremendously wasteful, costing the U.S. upwards of 10 million trees and 21 billion gallons of water in the manufacturing process. By switching your utility bills and credit card and bank statements to paperless, you can minimize the amount of paper bills produced and even earn or save some money by doing your part! Many credit card companies and service providers offer cash-back rebates and credits to encourage customers to make the transition to paperless billing. Take it a step further by unsubscribing to additional mailers you recieve on a regular basis.
Use these tips to build up your budget and show your support for the Earth!