Guest Post Author Bio: This is a blog swap post from LaTisha at Financial Success for Young Adults where she writes about budgeting for college students and easy investing for beginners. See my post Make Your Own Cleaning Products over at her site today!
Green is one of my favorite colors. Why? It’s the color of money! But not only that, it represents the idea of being environmentally friendly. Unfortunately, sometimes trying to save money and ‘go green’ present a conflict of interest. Have you ever decided to switch cleaning supplies from the ones with harsh chemicals to the eco-friendly ones? Sometimes the price is 10 to 20% higher! Some people just take that obstacle as an excuse and decide to continue polluting the environment with nasty chemicals because they prioritize budget over the environment. It’s understandable but it doesn’t have to be the norm. There are ways to build a green budget without breaking the bank.
Save money and the environment by opting for electronic statements. This is an environmentally friendly option that will cost you absolutely nothing. Some banks and cell phone service providers will even pay you to choose paperless statements.
Clip Coupons or Go Pro
Many of those eco-friendly products are brand new and often the manufacturers will offer a coupon just so you can try it. Stock up on the products that you like as you can and check out coupon deals online and on the manufacturers website. If you are not a coupon person, try making your own cleaning supplies. Some green-cleaning recipes are as easy as vinegar and baking soda. You can use lemon to clean a bamboo cutting board instead of harsh soap. There are plenty of resources that will show you exactly how to do it.
Let the Government Pay for It
There are plenty of tax incentives for those who decide to go green. When hybrid cars and electronic powered cars were first released, there was a massive tax credit that was offered. Over the years it has dwindled down but there is still a credit available. Also, if you have the ability to take advantage of the current housing tax credit you can take the money that you get back from the government and put it into buying updated appliances and lighting and get another tax deduction on top of your tax credit.
Unplug and Get Outside
The final tip I have for building a green budget is to unplug! Did you know that appliances that are plugged in, even when off are costing you money? One of the worst offenders is the big screen TV you have. When you think it is off, it is really in ‘standby’ mode and drawing electricity. Try unplugging the TV to save money. Do this each night for a month before you go to bed and see how your electric bill shrinks. Keep an eye on plugged in cell phone chargers that are not being used also.
It’s really not that hard to go green! You will feel better about making a contribution to the environment and the health of yourself and others, and you can go green on a budget also.
How did you decide to go green?