Frugal Living is Sustainable Living

August 31st, 2009 BY Angelina Leigh | No Comments

The truth is, you never really appreciate how much it costs to run a household until you’re out on your own. And being an avid green supporter can only have you digging deeper into your pockets, or can it really?  

Anyone who has his or her own place will tell you it’s all about the little things…that’s where all the money goes and you don’t even realise it. It’s easy to see an ‘expense’ when you buy a new fridge or that branded handbag because the one off cost of it is an astonishingly huge amount; but what about the little things that actually run the house –keep it going? Things that are necessities, things that often many people (especially teenage children) are ignorant to realise  you need in order to make a home, home.

Those apples in the fridge, cereal in the cupboard, that soap and shampoo in the bathroom or even that doormat you just wipes your feet/shoes on don’t cost much on their own, but put them collectively in a bill and you’ll find your basic grocery and household needs shopping list can add up to over $100 each time.  This is why anyone who has to deal with the bill will find that a 10 cents saving on a bottle of ketchup is anything but a trivial laughing matter. Small amounts added in volume (as needs always come in repeated volume) totals to a hefty monthly/annual sum.

Which brings us to green living where the truth is, it isn’t about buying everything organic but consuming things in a sustainable fashion –one that is sustainable to both our wallets as well as the earth. The rules are simple, remember the 3Rs – reuse, reduce and recycle? Well that’s basically the same 3Rs embraced in frugal living and every wise person knows frugal isn’t about being cheap, it’s about being economical. We reduce the waste, reuse what we can, recycle them always. So basically if you’re buying frugal, you’re indirectly going green and saving greens.

Think about it, when we choose to buy frugal, we’re looking for no-frills products- that means a box of tissue without the fancy printed box/packaging but instead just a plain and simple box of tissue. And by selecting that box of tissue we’ve reduced waste (packaging is packaging, with most products these days fancy packaging serves more for decorative purposes than any other purpose) and reduced our bills!
Times are hard and every little bit of saving helps. Save the environment and save our savings…sustainable living is frugal living. I practise it and when I compare that to a notional bill of the equivalent ‘normal’ products I’m impressed and proud of myself to have done so.  No-frills doesn’t necessarily mean no quality (Ikea’s concept is no-frills),just be mindful of what you pick up and you’ll be delighted with it.