- Have your employer direct deposit a portion of your paycheck into your savings account: whatever works for you, it could be as small as $5.00 per paycheck. Most of us easily waste $5 – $25 in any given month and we don’t even realize we are doing it.
- Find one thing during the month that you can do without – don’t spend the money on it – but try to save it.
- Remember that if you don’t buy it this day or month, it will still be there next month.
- Ride the bus at once a week – you will notice a difference in your gas consumption
- Purchase mostly meats, vegetables, and fruits. Eliminate as many dry goods as possible as they are costly, cannot always be recycled, and often times, unhealthy.
- If an automatic deduction feels too much, a sweet trick is to put $0.50 or $1 into a piggy bank or a jar every day. At the end of the month, add extra spare change from your pockets or the couch. Take it to the bank and deposit what you’ve saved into a separate savings account.
- Credit Unions are cost effective institutions that can save individuals fees on various accounts. See if there is a Credit Union near you and start saving on those checking account fees.
Sustainable living is a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual’s or society’s use of the Earth’s natural resource and his/her own resources. Practitioners of sustainable living often attempt to reduce their carbon footprint by altering methods of transportation, energy consumption and diet. Proponents of sustainable living aim to conduct their lives in manners that are consistent with sustainability, in natural balance and respectful of humanity’s symbiotic relationship with the Earth’s natural ecology and cycles. The practice and general philosophy of ecological living is highly interrelated with the overall principles of sustainable development.