It's a popular misconception that "going green" - certainly a nice idea in theory - is a lifestyle far too expensive for most regular folks to afford. Sure, if you want to install solar panels or geothermal heating in your house, you're going to have to spend some cash.
But the core values of environmentally conscious living - reusing, renewing, conserving, sustaining - are as frugal as can be! Eco-frugal living isn't just a fad, it's a growing necessity for millions of people worldwide. Saving the green in your wallet, and the green outside your window really can, and should go hand in hand.
At Coupon Sherpa we've preached paperless coupons to save our trees, encouraged online shopping in the form of coupon codes to cut down on fuel emissions and provided tons of creative ways to repurpose those leftovers ...but these really are just the tip of the (probably melting) iceberg. In recognition of this year's 40th annual Earth Day celebration, we present Coupon Sherpa's Eco-Frugal Life Guide, our definitive manual for lowering your carbon footprint while you lower your bills.
Inside you'll find tips for everything from food storage, to energy-efficient appliances, to becoming a "green bookworm" and a whole lot more. And if you're not convinced that becoming eco-frugal is both environmentally AND economically prudent, take a look at how much cash we burn on wasted food alone:
Motivated yet? Click the above recycled, reusable, biodegradable book cover to get started, or consult the table of contents on your left. You can also save the entire guide as a PDF for easy reading (but don't you dare print it out!).
Enjoy, and feel free to send us your questions, comments and ideas about coupons or living the eco-frugal lifestyle.
Ashley Grimaldo comes from a long line of penny pinchers and nature lovers. In addition to blogging on money saving tips she enjoys reading nonfiction, starting (but never finishing) half-marathon training, and, most of all, sharing blueberries with her kids. One day she hopes to follow all of her own advice. Ashley lives with her husband and children in Bryan, TX.
Luke Knowles started his frugal adventures in high school when he was buying graphic tees and old school Adidas garb from thrift stores before it was cool to do so. Luke enjoys helping people save money and is the founder of Coupon Sherpa and The Frugals, as well as creator of Free Shipping Day. Luke enjoys the outdoors with his wife, two daughters and basset hound in beautiful Fort Collins, CO.
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