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4 ways to be eco-friendly and save money

By (view all posts by Susan.Yoo-Lee)
at 11:00AM Wednesday April 17, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

Earth Day is right around the corner. Whether your composting, living off the grid or using environmentally friendly cleaning products, you'll be reducing your carbon footprint and saving money all at the same time.

The truth is that if we don't take care of the environment, there are harsh consequences that we must face. The air quality will worsen over time (which it already has), our food supply would die and either we won't have water to drink or the water will be heavily polluted.

If you've been having a tough time making the transition to a greener lifestyle, let money be your motivation. Making green choices will help you save money in the long run and will also help contribute to a healthier lifestyle. We have 4 ways that will help you get started on becoming eco-friendly:

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Spring cleaning. What sort of "green" changes can we make in and around our home? Ryan of the Ultimate Coupon Club shares his 5 steps to a greener and cleaner home. Not only will you make your household green, you're bank account will also stay green.

2. Motivation. I don't know a single person who doesn't like to get something for free. It's like Christmas all over again. If you need some motivation to get you on a greener path, check out some of these Earth Day freebies that Lori of More With Less Today has compiled for you. From free coffee to reusable bags, even free plantable cards (Kristie of Saving Dollars & Sense), you'll be able take advantage of these great offers.

3. "Green" frugal tips. Many "green" companies will use Earth Day as their opportunity to bring in lots of revenue. Alea of Premeditated Leftovers says you shouldn't celebrate Earth Day and instead you can use her frugal tips to honor the Earth every day of the year.

4. Upcycle.
We all have tons of things we either don't use or very close to throwing away. Put the brakes on throwing them into the trash because you can upcycle them and turn them into something spectacular. You can repurpose a baby wipe box into a baggie holder (Mary of Mission to Save), make a candy jar from a pickle jar (Karen of Consumer Queen) or choose from one of these re-use and salvage projects (Sia of Thrifty NW Mom) and make trash turn into cash (or cash savings).

You can use any of these four ideas to help you get on a greener path of living and save money while doing it. Do you have any tips of your own? Please comment below.

(Source: Savings.com)