Reduce, Re-use and Re-cycle

Reducing the amount of money we spend means that there are lots of opportunities to reduce what we use.

Household products, like dishwashing detergent and shampoo are a good example. Cut them in half by adding a bit of water – they’ll still be effective and will last twice as long.

Reduce your water & energy usage by putting a timer in the shower, and turning down the hot water thermostat.

Reduce your clothing bill by half by only buying things you really love which fit and can be matched with 3 other items in your wardrobe.

Re-use

Re-using old items is an important start to reducing what we buy.

One of the first places to look is in the kitchen. Does your family we’re constantly throw out vegetables that have been too long neglected or get rid of leftovers?

Be conscious of what is in your fridge. At least one night a week, decide that you will cook only from the ingredients in your fridge and pantry. You’ll notice your grocery bill will go down, and you’ll have a bit of spare money in your wallet. And – you’ll find that you are avoiding unnecessary wastage. Check what’s looking ‘tired’ in your fridge and get creative. Curries and stir-fries are a great way to use a variety of ingredients.

Recycle

Nowadays it’s not just about saving the planet; it’s about saving the bank balance as well.

Recycle your veggie scraps into compost so that you don’t have unnecessary fertiliser costs.

Sell anything you no longer use on eBay or have a garage sale. You’ll be amazed at the amount of clutter than you can find to sell and the extra cash is always useful.

Keep disposable items to a minimum – cloth nappies can be washed; handkerchiefs are kinder to your nose than tissues.

Recycle old jars for pen-holders or keys; old wine bottles are great candle holders and old plastic bottles can be useful in the garden.

Reducing our lifestyle is important – not only for our finances but also the environment.

©   Carmel McCartin – Budget Bitch

And don’t forget – (The views expressed in this blog are the personal opinions of the author. Don’t rely on them to make financial decisions; you have to make up your own mind. If you don’t like the content – then either stop reading or send me an email)

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