These are my favorites. They’re easy, simple, and many have other benefits besides
- Swap stuff. Especially stuff you only use periodically like painting materials.
- Turn off the television. Save electricity; avoid enticing ads to buy stuff; spend quality time with your family and friends.
- Invite friends over instead of going out. Rotate houses; do potluck.
- Use fewer paper towels. Pick up a rag or an old towel to mop up the latest spill. Also opt for cloth napkins instead of paper.
- Go generic. You might be surprised how good the store brands are for many groceries.
- Plan your meals around what’s on sale this week. Your ingredients are fresh and you can cut down on freezer waste.
- Organize your closets. It’s amazing what lurks in closets. You may find items you didn’t know you had that can be used again, be sold, or passed on to someone who could use them.
- Watch the water. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth, shaving or doing dishes. Adjust the water flow under the sink. When washing vegetables, put some cool water in the sink and do them there (the dirt sinks to the bottom). Consider a drip irrigation system for your yard. Shower with a friend.
- Skip the bottled water. Buy a refillable water bottle and fill from home by using a water filtration device.
- Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.
- Quit smoking.
- Use half the dishwasher soap. Try different cycles to see if your dishes get just as clean without running the full cycle, and skip the drying cycle.
- Bank online. It’s safe, easy and it saves the postage.
- Use the library. You can borrow books, CDs, and DVDs, and you can read newspapers and magazines there.
- Get the cash back. Use credit cards that offer cash back or other incentive.