How to Go Green, Even on a Budget

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Going green doesn’t have to be expensive, and it can even save you money.

The Problem

You want to live a greener lifestyle, but all those special “green” products are budget-breakers.

You can’t help but notice all the environmentally friendly products on the shelves today. Everything from cleaning products to clothes to cosmetics can be found in “green” varieties. The problem is, many of these products cost up to two or three times more than their non-green counterparts. You may find yourself thinking, “Wow, I’d like to be greener but I just can’t afford it.”

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The Solution

You don’t have to buy special “green” products to reduce your environmental impact. (Most of those products aren’t that much greener, anyway, or at least not green enough to justify the high price tag.) Simple and free/cheap steps like making your own cleaning products, driving less, bringing your own grocery bags to the store, and scaling down utility use all make you greener and can actually save you money.

The Action

Each week, pick an area of your life that you’d like to green up and look for ideas that are free or inexpensive to implement. Start with small changes like turning out the lights when you leave a room and work up to bigger ideas like carpooling to work. Need help getting started? GreenYour.com is full of free or inexpensive ideas for greening every aspect of your life, from your home to your career. Most of these ideas will end up saving you big money, too. We’ve saved $200 this year by making our own cleaning products and using old washcloths instead of paper towels; both are ideas we got from GreenYour.com.

In fact, check out our article on ways to MAKE money from going green!

It’s no coincidence that green is the color of money.

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