These days, “going green” can cost you a fortune. It’s enough to make any mom think it’s impossible. Well, fortunately, there are ways you can green your lifestyle on a budget! Swapping things with friends, or even strangers, and buying used are the top and least expensive ways you can go green. Young kids won’t notice the difference between a used toy and a new toy. Clothing can always be second hand. Visit Goodwill or Salvation Army, try Craigslist and even Freecycle. Kiwi Magazine has a great article with several websites you can visit to swap or buy used on many different items. Definitely worth a read! I’ve also assembled my own list of tips:
Don’t just try to get things second hand, try to pass your used items on as well! One person’s trash is another’s treasure. Try to find someone to pass your child’s used clothing on to. Don’t be afraid to ask, most anyone would be happy to accept, if not for money savings alone.
Don’t be afraid to think ahead. I keep two very large totes full of clothes outgrown by the big kids, ready for the little ones to grow into. Sure, it takes up space, but it saves a ton of money.
Always check for used first, especially for big purchases. I’ve gotten so many things off Craigslist for a fraction of what I would pay new. It might take longer to find what you’re looking for, but time spent is money saved.
Think before buying. Do you really need it? Do you really need it new, right now? Many times we can make do with what we have in order to save up or wait for a sale. I’ve been waiting on a KitchenAid mixer for 2 years now 😉 Eventually, I’ll have saved money and I’ll happen upon a great sale, for now, my handheld mixer is working just fine.
What are your tips for going green on a budget?