pic-300x300Wonderful Ways to Save Money as an Eco-Friendly Shopper by Nancy Cullen*

 

Despite what many people think, sustainable and budget-friendly shopping go hand in hand. Cutting down on excessive waste with smart shopping strategies will help you keep more money in your pocket and more trash out of the landfill. At the same time, consumer-conscious individuals can leverage all kinds of tips and tricks to save money on their green goods. Here are some of the best ways to shop eco-friendly without blowing your budget.

 

Save on Quality Products

 

One of the best ways to cut down on waste is to buy high-quality products that will last a long time. This is especially true when it comes to essentials like shoes, clothing, cookware, and furniture. Often, shelling out a little extra cash upfront for quality items will save you money in the long run since you won't have to buy replacements as often — if ever! Better yet, look for products made with recycled or reclaimed materials. Stores like Crate & Barrel have some excellent eco-friendly furniture options made from sustainable materials. Since these kinds of purchases can be pricey, be sure to grab some Crate and Barrel coupons before shopping.

 

Many times, you can stack various money-saving opportunities to save big on your shopping trips. Combine store sales with product coupons and cashback opportunities for significant savings on everything from big-ticket items to weekly grocery trips.

 

Buy Used Whenever Possible

 

Another great way to save money on household goods is to buy used. When you buy a gently used product, you’re keeping it out of the landfill and giving it a second life. The best part: Used items are much cheaper than their brand-new counterparts. When you need something for your home, whether it’s crafting supplies, holiday décor, storage containers, or kitchen essentials, check out your local thrift stores and consignment shops. You may even be able to find some great deals on quality products at garage sales and flea markets. If you’re looking for something specific, search it up on classifieds websites like Craigslist and Facebook marketplace.

 

Shop Local and Seasonal

 

When it comes to buying produce, you can save money and the planet by shopping local. Food that was grown locally hasn’t traveled thousands of miles on gas-guzzling trucks or overseas planes to get to you. Local food is also less likely to be packaged in plastic. Get in the habit of buying in-season produce to save money and enjoy fresher, more nutritious whole foods. Mind Body Green stresses that when fruits or veggies are in season, they are widely available at a much lower price than when they are rare and hard to grow.

Buy in Bulk

Try to buy your pantry essentials — from rice and beans to cleaning products — in bulk to save money and cut down on plastic waste. According to US News, bulk products are almost always cheaper per unit than their packaged counterparts. Plus, buying in bulk allows you to stock up on large quantities instead of spending money on prepackaged products time and time again. This will also reduce the trips you have to take to the store, saving you gas and reducing your carbon footprint. Bulk buying is also a great way to save money on meal prepping!

 

One of the most important things to keep in mind about eco-friendly shopping is that you may have to make some bigger purchases at first. Expect larger up-front expenses for high-quality items and bulk products, and remember that these purchases will pay off eventually. Shop with the future in mind. Your budget — and the planet — will thank you!

*Nancy Cullen, or Granola Gran as she is affectionately called, is an earth lover and not your typical grandma. She begins and ends each day with a yoga session (including a wall headstand), grows her food, and hosts recycling parties with her grandkids. Nancy is thrilled that more and more people are living a green lifestyle like she is which is why she created Granola Gran to share her tips for going green so that she can help others do the same and to educate them about the importance of loving the earth.

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