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Living Green Doesn't Have To Cost A Fortune

Living Smart

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While organic food products often cost more than their less eco-friendly counter-parts, there are numerous ways to live a green lifestyle while on a budget. Follow these quick tips for living green on a budget:

1. What is your end goal? Before grabbing the environmentally friendly products off the shelf, consider your purpose. Sometimes, the best strategy is to shop less and use what you have as opposed to replacing items that still work for more ‘green products’. The question you should be asking yourself is, “what do I not need to buy?”

2. Get the Most Bang for your Buck- One of the best methods for going green on a budget is to reduce energy usage. Wash more clothes using cold water, open windows instead of turning up the air conditioner, pull the plug on appliances when they aren’t in use, and replace bulbs with energy efficient choices when they burn out to reduce household energy usage.

3. Buy Organic Local Foods- While grocery store options seem so convenient, they can cost a pretty penny. Make plans to attend your local farmers market for the best in organic produce for reasonable prices. Plus, you’ll be supporting your local economy.