If you would like to make the most out of your household budget, and do something for the environment, you need to look for creative ways of reducing waste. You’ll feel like you’re more efficient, and your home’s carbon footprint will also be lower. Bonus! Below you will find a few tips on how to change your budgeting, shopping habits, and cooking routine.
Shop In Bulk
When you are using something every day, you generally won’t want to buy the item one by one. Buying in bulk can help you save money and use less packaging. For example, if you only use one brand and type of washing up liquid, you can buy a bigger bottle and refill a smaller one every week or so, so you are not creating more waste than necessary, and cut your household costs at the same time.
Plastic Free Shops
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If you haven’t visited plastic free shops yet, it might be time to check them out. You can shop for fresh produce at the local farm shop or farmers’ market, and buy dried and bulk goods at these shops. The good news is that you can take your container with you and fill it up, so you only get how much you need of each item. From snacks to dried fruit to rice and flour, you can get just the right amount without having to pay for the advertising and packaging. I’m so jealous of people who live closer and can go more often!
When you cook a meal, you can pre-portion the right ingredients, so you don’t have to think twice. If you haven’t invested in containers, it might be time to do so. You should check out the magical butter container that will allow you to make your butter with seasoning. How cool is that!? The good news is that you will never go back to buying garlic bread again once you learned how to make your own garlic butter.
Freezing your leftovers can significantly reduce your household waste. You will want to invest in the right size freezer and microwave safe containers. If you use a slow cooker, you can make a stew or a curry, get your containers ready and put the rest of the food away for a day when you simply don’t have time to cook. This can also prevent you from lifting up the phone and ordering a takeout. Meal prep is a huge time saver for the week! Or you can make extra ahead for weeks when you know you’re going to be extra busy.
You can also learn to make homemade preserves, chutney, pickles, and jam. You might think that you need a lot of space for this, but it is not the case. A larger pot where you prepare the food and a normal work surface will suffice. There are plenty of online recipes that will help you master the skills. You will not only save money, using wonky fruit, but also use your own containers. You can even use chia seeds to make a beginner level version of preserves!
Improving your budget and reducing your carbon footprint are two of the most common challenges people talk about right now. These tips can help you tick all the boxes and live a more organized and leaner lifestyle.
This is a collaborative post and may contain affiliate links, from which I may receive income. All opinions are, as always, my own. While I am an ACE Certified Health Coach and Personal Trainer I am not a medical professional and the information provided in this post is not to be considered medical advice.