Before you go grocery shopping, have a plan. Make a list and stick to it. I’ve started planning our meals at the beginning of the week, making a shopping list then giving it to my husband. He is the better grocery shopper. I’m constantly getting side tracked and always seem to come home with things I don’t need. Also, don’t forget to bring your own bags.
Before you go clothes shopping, inspect your closet and write down the items that you need. Don’t get enticed by sale prices. If you don’t need it, it’s not a bargain. Try local resale and consignment shops. Recycled clothing reduces manufacturing waste and saves you money.
Before you go furniture shopping, make detailed measurements. When my oldest daughter was a baby, I found an amazing deal on a sofa, chair and ottoman. We had recently bought our first home and needed real home furniture. I found high quality, sustainable furniture and was quite proud of the price. The pieces had been a special order that had never been picked up so they were heavily discounted. The only problem, the couch barely fit in our front door with a tight turn up the stairs into our living room. The great deal almost became a lawn ornament.
When shopping for anything, a few things to keep in mind:
- If you don’t need it or don’t have room for it, it will just add clutter and stress to your life.
- Bring your own bags.
- Look for quality. Quality products are made better and last longer. Saving you money in the end and reducing the amount of stuff you are contributing to our landfills.
Do you have any tips for making your shopping experiences greener?
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