I know I’m on a green kick lately. It seems like I’ve decided to give up the whole saving money side of things, doesn’t it? Well, I haven’t. My laundry is on the line, my veggies are already starting to sprout, I’m sitting under a blanket in my living room rather than having the heat run quite as much, and I’ve started sticking to a grocery budget. Finally. I reduced our grocery spending by quite a bit and it seems to be working out. Cash and only one shopping trip a week no matter what. Our tax return is going to pay off one of our cars and the money that we would have spent on those payments is going to be rolled over into the other car’s payments. I’m using baking soda, dish soap, hydrogen peroxide, and vinegar to clean the house, and I’ve made our laundry and dishwasher detergents. I’ve patched clothes rather than buying new ones.
There’s not much new on the horizon there though. I’m fixing to send my dirt off to the cooperative extension people to find out what it needs to be ready for planting. We haven’t gotten rid of a bunch of stuff like we planned to. Yes, we have a ton of stuff. Yes, we could do with a clean out. But it seems a shame to get rid of perfectly good things. The whole, “use it up, wear it out…” thing. But, that’s just an excuse. Some of this stuff we just don’t use. So, I really will get rid of it soon. I promise. I bake, but I don’t need three cake carriers and a cupcake carrier. (In my defense, two of them were gifts!) And, really, we have a lot of things that are just clutter. Alright,you’ve convinced me, out it goes. Sent to the thrift shop it helps an organization, other people, and I get a tax write off. Win-win-win.
I’m still saving money. It’s just that the money I’ve saved elsewhere is going to fund the products that I want to support but that cost more than “normal” products. I’m not buying “green” products just because they’re green. Environmentally friendly detergents are expensive! And my homemade works just as well if not better. Wherever possible I am trying to be both green and thrifty. They do actually overlap in quite a few places. Making my own stuff wherever possible is thrifty and, if I use natural ingredients, green as can be.
Sorry I haven’t talked more about thrift lately. I promise to do better. 🙂