So, as part of my Lenten commitment to do, rather than to give up, I purchased a re-usable coffee cup to use when I get hot chocolate or tea from Starbucks, as well as a metal water bottle with a reusable straw. This was part of my trying to eliminate plastics commitment, and I'm not sure the coffee cup will save money as such but the water bottle will stop me from getting drinks at the drive through when I am out and about! Buying these two things was mainly about re-use, but it turns out that I will definitely save money in the long run as well (as long as I don't buy fruit tea at Panera to fill up said water bottle!).
Sometimes saving money is good for the planet, not always, but much of the time. I am very imperfect when it comes to either, (saving money or being sustainable), but I am trying to be better in both. And as I tighten up a bit on the frugality side in preparation for some longer trips and vacations and other expenses, as well as continuing my retirement downsizing journey, I'm finding alot of my work and plans in this area are also "sustainable" even though that's not my primary goal as such. And sometimes they cross into other areas, like meatless meals being more healthy as well as cheaper and better for the planet..........
1. My son has gone from a size 40 to a size 34 waist in less than a year, with the shirt size not going down as much but still less. Today I looked at all the bags of clothes that were to go out. The good condition jeans and pants I donated to a homeless shelter. All the "not good enough to be donated" stuff I cut apart and saved as much as I could-jeans, cotton shirts and fleece or sweats, mainly. The fleece and sweat stuff I cut into rags and paper towel substitutes, and the cotton and denim went into my sewing basket. Since my son is six foot six, the shirts are large pieces and I look forward to sewing with all the plaids and prints. I mean, the old shirts are big enough to cut twelve inch napkins from!
2. A friend had casually mentioned that she was grabbing up unmatched dishes and silverware and even some glasses for pennies at the thrift store because she hated paper plates for get togethers and every time she took food to events it was either on paper or a dish that could be lost or broken. I had an immediately light bulb moment, having the same issue. One of my problems back when I was cooking that meal a week at the church was all the trash-from foil pans on down. So I've started doing the same thing, and keeping them in a big box.
3. With a couple exceptions, I've decided that all giftables for the next year will not be stuff. They'll be some form of consumable (food, soaps or body products, chemical free cleaners with oils for daughter), wearables that have been requested, or cash/gift cards. Saving money because most will be made with stuff I have on hand or will add to my inventory on sale and saving the planet because, well...no stuff. And in many cases no bad chemicals as in the stuff I make with natural oils and such. I'm going to be having a series on the gifts I make beginning soon. They may in some cases (rare) buy stuff with their gift cards, but I wont be creating to the situation (most of our gift cards are experiences, movies or eating out).
4. Sister has a goal of a meatless meal I week, and I will try, try, mind you to follow through on this. I am a carnivore at heart, and have already drastically cut back on beef. We shall see, we shall see. I mean, I am the kind of girl who even puts smoked sausage or meatballs into her minestrone. About as far as I generally go in the meatless area is tomato basil soup and grilled cheese. But it's a goal.
5. While I still have to figure out how to get rid of all the junk mail, I have finally come to the table when it comes to getting and paying all my regular bills electronically, and paying all those one time bills through bill pay. I don't think I'd bought stamps in forever until my son sent out his graduation announcements. No more postage for me as a rule!
6. I'm researching getting a bunch of those Corelle style glass freezer to oven containers with the lids-I have a big enough freezer that I don't need to put stuff in bags or vacuum pack them as such-and I am really terrible at re-using the darned things or washing them.Not there yet, but again, this is a goal.
Of course, after listing all of that, I would be remiss if I didn't say that my house is normally set at a heat of 72 degrees and that while one doesn't need a shower every day as such in such a dry climate, the showers I do take are, well, not navy showers. Not even close.
But I'm working on it!
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