My family’s values-driven lifestyle of voluntary simplicity is great for our wallet and the environment. Some of our frugal choices make a really BIG impact, like how my husband and I have shared one vehicle since getting married 23 years ago. Carpooling cuts down on carbon emissions and as I calculated for you in a previous post, sharing one car instead of owning two can make anyone a millionaire in 29 years.
The little choices we make count, too. Frugality is the art of resourcefulness. Wear it out, use it up, repurpose it! Take the life of one of my t-shirts for example:
- I get a free t-shirt as a promotional giveaway.
- While the t-shirt is new, bright and crisp, I wear it.
- As the t-shirt fades from frequent washings, I wear it in the garden or to the dog park.
- Laundered a few more months and it gets super-comfy-soft. Now it becomes my cozy sleep shirt.
- Once my spouse gets over the thrill of my thread-bare-wee-bit-see-through sleep shirt and then starts poking fun at it, I cut it into squares and my free t-shirt becomes lint-free cleaning rags.
Today is Earth Day. What are you doing EVERY day, both big and small, to help our Earth and your wallet?