The following tips will help you live a more frugal, eco-friendly lifestyle – at least as far as your kitchen is concerned.
1. Switch to cloth napkins and towels.
Using disposable items in the kitchen can create a ton of trash, not to mention put a dent in your wallet each week. You have to keep replenishing your stock, whereas you can use the same cloth towels and napkins for months – maybe even years if you take good care of them! Switching could save $5-$8 per week on your shopping bill, and reduce your trash by an entire bag.
2. Cook at home more often.
Home-cooked meals are much better on your bank account. Going out, for a family of four, can range from $30-$50. Also, you are likely to bring home take-out boxes or bags, which make it a less friendly choice for the environment.
3. Opt for homemade rather than prepackaged.
Though cooking at home is a better choice for your budget and the globe, try to make things from scratch when possible. Prepackaged foods are usually higher in price since you are paying for convenience. Plus, the wastes created by empty boxes and bags isn’t very good for the landfills.
4. Drink water with meals.
Limiting your consumption of beverages other than water will help you live frugally. It will also keep more bottles and cans out of the garbage. If it’s hard to cut out juice or soda altogether, start by switching to water for one meal a day. After a week, replace another meal’s beverage with water. Doing this will save your $40+ per month on your grocery bill as well as reduce the trash you carry to the dump.
5. Make your own cleaning products.
The kitchen can be one of the messiest rooms in the home, with meals being cooked, dirty dishes collecting in the sink, and possible messes made on the floor or counters. To keep the room environmentally friendly and safe for your family (and pocketbook), try making your own cleaning supplies. They aren’t difficult to make and some can be made from items already found in your pantry.
Taking the above steps can help you reduce your spending and the dent your family makes in the environment. They aren’t difficult to master, and the benefits are definitely worth the changes!