Sustainable Ways to Save Money
We’re all feeling the financial pinch right now, but a lot of cheaper and quick-to-use products are unsustainably produced and terrible for the environment. Needs must, but if you’re looking for sustainable ways to save money and the planet, here are my top recommendations for things to do.
Purchase reusable menstrual products
I wax lyrical on my blog about period pants, but I think they’re a brilliant creation and well worth the initial £20-30 investment for 1-2 pairs of pants.
When it comes to period pants you can choose different types of linings depending on your flow (heavy periods, get a thicker pair of pants). And if period pants don’t sound like the products for you then you can try different period products. If you prefer tampons you can get a reusable applicator and purchase the cheaper ‘non-applicator’ styles in store. Or you can purchase a reusable menstrual cup, these also come in different sizes.
Every woman is different and may have a preference for a specific type of period product, but there is something for everyone. Since menstrual pads and tampons are a monthly necessity and cost upwards of £2-7 per month (depending on your flow and products needed) purchasing reusable products will save you money in the long-term as well as help the environment.
Thrift fashion from charity shops
An obvious recommendation, but a good one. If you’re looking for some new clothes for work, a holiday, or a wedding then try looking in your local charity shops. More and more shops are popping up on high streets and in shopping centres, and it’s worth a trek to find a few ‘new’ items that are going to cost anywhere from 50p to £10 depending on the store.
It’s not ideal if you’re looking for something specific – i.e. a new blazer or a specific brand of clothing, as charity shops are notoriously random. However, if you know you need some new workwear, a new handbag or even some homeware items like plates, egg cups, and sugar bowls then head to your local charity shop.
Take shorter showers
You’d think this wouldn’t matter, but for every minute we shower we use about five gallons of water. Not only is that wasteful it’s also expensive when you’re paying a water bill. Reduce your bill and the impact on the environment by taking shorter showers.
And as an extra cost-saver, turn down the heat of your shower just a bit to save on your electricity and/or gas bill as well.
Buy ‘wonky’ fruit and vegetables
Most superstores now offer imperfect fruit and vegetables at a discounted price. Morrisons have their ‘wonky’ vegetable range, where you can get certain items of food from 29p to £2.29 because of their ‘imperfect’ size – unfortunately, these items now all come in plastic packaging (WHY!) when they used to come in a box.
ASDA used to have a wonky veg box but I haven’t found one in my store in a while, but it’s worth checking in your local superstore. Lidl offers the occasional wonky veg box for a discounted price, but these are usually snapped up for their low prices.
Alternatively, you can set up a subscription with the link of WonkyVegBoxes to get a fortnightly or weekly delivery of imperfect fruit, vegetables, bread, and eggs for £3.50 to £9.49 per box depending on the size and items. A great way to use the vegetables is to cut them up and throw them into a soup or stew to freeze for a later meal.
Dry line and air your clothes
And finally, a big expense saver is to stop using your tumble dryer and use a clothesline or airer to dry your clothes instead. My tumble dryer costs me £1.50 a day to use, in electricity. And I also recently discounted that one tumble dryer emits more carbon dioxide per year than a tree can absorb in 50 years… I was shocked.
What sustainable ways to save money have you discovered or would recommend? Let me know in the comments below.