Love Mother Earth and save money too!

If there is anything positive that came out of the continuing debate on the rising cost of power, it is that the general populace is increasingly aware that our natural resources are finite. It took a major shock to the wallet to do it but at least now more and more people are actively taking money-saving steps to reduce, re-use and re-cycle.

There are many ways that little changes in our daily routines can impact the environment in a big way if only more of us can do them now. Here are just a few:

  • Turn that faucet off! So much water is wasted whenever we leave the faucet while brushing our teeth. Be aware of the amount of water you use.
  • Check your water and electricity meters today. Make sure that all leaks are plugged and that your electric meters are working properly.
  • Buy energy savers. Replace old bulbs with CFLs.
  • Skip the plastic bags. Stuff that newly bought blouse into your uberbag. Reuse the ubiquitous bags you get from the grocery stores.
  • Clean your filters. Have your airconditioners serviced on a regular basis to get rid of the city grime. An oil change will ensure your car runs more efficiently, emitting less pollution while saving you money.
  • Invest in power strips for your computer and other electronic devices. Don’t just leave them on standby, switch them off when you go out. You will not only save money on your utility bills, you’ll leave a smaller footprint on the environment.
  • Love coffee? If you must buy a cuppa (instead of brewing your own in the office) and intend on drinking it in the restau, ask for it to be brewed in a mug. P.S. Bring your own mug to Starbucks and get a small cash rebate. =)

Anyone with more ideas? Please share!

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Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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Saving Money? Here are some tips

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The path to Frugal Living can be lonely if you’re doing it on your own.  The key to success is surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals who will provide the little extra push to get the ball rolling.    One of my favorites is Dawn and her blog Frugal for Life.  

She recently came out with her BIG list of tips to save money.  While some may not be doable in the Philippine setting,  there any many more which made me go… OO nga ‘no??!!!  

  • When you go out to eat,  order water.  It’s free AND it’s healthy.
  • Take your dinner from the night before to lunch the next day.
  • Be obsessive compulsive and keep lists.  Don’t buy on impulse.  Planning ahead is your biggest money saver.
  • Save those newspapers, plastics and soda cans.  Your junk can be turned to cash.
  • Stay at home more by taking on a hobby or project (hmmm.. transition from paper scrapbooks to escrapbooks). 
  • Learn to sew (alteration costs can add up).
  • Spread the word when you are in need of a particular item.  Someone might actually have one handy to lend / give to you.  Or at the very least  tell you where to get it a good price.  =)