Updated: Sep 29, 2021
Exchanging some commonly used goods around your house can not only give the Earth a lending hand, but save you time and money. It is a great step to becoming self-sufficient, as well as free up your time.
Weekly grocery visits can be changed to monthly(or even every other month,) buying groceries in bulk can save you tons of cash and you can cut down on the amount of trash ending up in landfills. In fact, you can turn a lot of that trash into an organic compost for your plants!
Saving Money by Reusing
Save money by buying good in bulk, and purchasing serving-size containers for your products. For example, you can purchase an olive oil dispenser, and begin purchasing your olive oil in bulk. Just look at the price difference between buying the tiny bottle, and buying a whole gallon, next time you're in the store!
Some ways to change your lifestyle to a more self-sufficient, less-waste life are by using:
Purchasing reusable saves you money in the long run. Let's compare.
Single use baggies cost $3.99 for a 90 pack, around $0.04 per bag.
A 22 pack of reusable baggies costs $24.99, around $0.81 per bag.
Around 20 ziplock bags equal the cost of one reusable baggie.
Around 6 boxes of Ziplock bags = the cost of this 22-pack of reusable baggies.
Depending on how many baggies you use, these reusable baggies will pay for themselves in around three months time, plus you're reducing your trash output, and every penny saved helps build toward a more self-sufficient lifestyle!
Paper products sky rocketed in 2020, and prices are continuing to climb! Paper towels save money in a similar way, over time. The important thing to remember about this change is that the savings will pile on one another. Just because you don't save a significant amount from one change, doesn't mean your choices won't stack together for maximum savings.
Reusable Cotton Balls (rounds/pads)
These are great for removing makeup, applying moisturizer and exfoliant. They can be used for any purpose cotton balls are! A second set can be used for cleaning around the house!
Washing Reusable Products
You may be asking how to clean these reusable products. Obviously, just throwing them in the wash would result in S.M.S.S.: Sudden Missing Sock Syndrome. That's where these bad boys come in. These are just small laundry bags. You throw them in with your load and they will keep your reusables together in the wash!
Making some basic lifestyle changes could free up your wallet, your time and contribute to less trash you have to deal with when becoming self-sufficient. A win all around!
For some other great tips and tricks, check out this list of the best homesteading blogs on the internet!
Bulk Grocery Trip
Instead of making that weekly drag to the store, locate your nearest Sam's, Costco or bulk food store and make the trip there, instead! Even if it's a longer drive, time and money saved could well make up for it. Reusable shopping bags will bring your trash in-take down even further. These are a fun sewing project and a great way to recycle t-shirts, sheets and other fabrics!
These store sell items in bulk, which can be divided into custom family-servings by the use of reusable baggies or glass Tupperware. These bowls are freezer, microwave AND oven safe. Less dishes for you when reheating!
A bulk purchase of frozen veggies will bring in significantly less trash that several smaller bags over time. If you can grow a garden, you can cut down on this trash even more!
Making Pre-Made Meals
Consider cooking up a large batch of pasta, lasagna or other freezable meals for a quick dinner! With these bowls, you can use the same container to freeze and re-warm in. Just be sure to let the glass acclimate, first. And you'll produce no, non-compostable, trash, afterwards.
Making a Compost Bin
Compost bins can be discreet and fit unnoticeably into small areas. Instead of tossing your leftovers, throw them into the bin for your garden, or even your houseplants! They are excellent for reducing the amount of trash you produce!
This compost bin is small and easy hidden in a backyard. I suggest keeping a designated "compost" bucket(a small galvanized steel pail works great, but anything will do,) dumping the leftovers from breakfast, lunch and dinner, then dumping the bucket at the end of the day.
Growing a Garden
This is probably the best way to reduce your trash. Did you know? You can grow a garden even if you live in the suburbs. It's possible!
When you grow a garden, instead of purchasing veggies, fruits and berries from an unknown or vague source, you are involved with each step of your food, from growing to table. You can be sure your food is completely GMO, pesticide and process-free. You can also avoid the piece of plastic stuck to each piece of produce in the store. A win-win!
Some things need to be thrown away, but-
Sometimes, we can't get away from using products that should be thrown away. For example, it would be pretty gross to recycle our toothbrush, right? But there are still alternative ways of reducing your trash, and saving you money!
Bamboo is a eco-friendly replacement to trees, plus it is 100% biodegradable. A ten-pack is only $5.99, challenging the prices of plastic toothbrushes. Also, by snapping off the bristles, you can toss the handle directly into your compost bin!
Bamboo is a compostable material, and the bamboo razor is durable and only the blade needs to be replaced. No trees were used in creating this razor, only quick-growing, renewable bamboo.
On the other hand, the second razor is made from ocean trash. This company has found a way to reduce ocean pollution and I'm all for that. In case you haven't noticed, I'm an avid turtle lover. I really don't think you could go wrong either way.
Again, bamboo is extremely renewable. Bamboo toothpicks are compostable and give the trees a break!
Switching over to better reusable products can save you time at the grocery store, money from constantly paying for plastics you'll toss and help the environment(and ocean) out by keeping a little trash out of it! You'll be thanking yourself later for taking a step toward self-sufficiency and reducing the trash you'll deal with on your journey.
Thank you all for coming to our blog, I really appreciate you reading along and following along on our journey with us. Let's all stay safe, save money and be kind!
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