Thursday, March 10, 2011

Frugal and Sustainable - A Link Smorgasbord

One of the things that I love about being frugal is that it often goes hand in hand with sustainable living. I'm battling some kind of plague today, so here are some of the ways frugality equals sustainability and a smorgasbord of links to go with!

Buying used, whether it be through antiquing, Craigslist and eBay, or Goodwill is cheaper and keeps things out of landfills. The Brick House is a great design blog showcasing Morgan Satterfield's beautiful and thrifty finds.

Keeping things until they wear out - not just until they're outdated - is not only easier on your wallet but, in the words of Last Year's Model, you're "saving the planet through sheer laziness".

Living in smaller spaces is cheaper and easier on the planet than a brand new McMansion. While the size of new homes is beginning to shrink, some people take small living to the extreme. Check out the space airplane interior engineer Steve Sauer calls home!

Using less energy, whether it be saving on your electricity bill or driving a hybrid to conserve gas, is a great way to save money and live sustainably. WalletPop takes a look at the best light bulb choice for saving money.

Growing your own food can help save on the grocery bill, particularly as food costs continue to soar. Even in a small space and for people without a green thumb, an herb garden can be an easy and convenient addition, and often provides the most cost savings. Plus, growing food in your own back yard (or windowsill) is about as local as it gets, and you don't have to worry about how your food was grown.

I'm not a parent yet, but I'm bookmarking The Frugal Girl's guest post on cloth diapering - far cheaper than disposable Huggies, and keeps all those diapers out of the landfills!

So there you go, just some of the ways in with frugal living is also sustainable living!

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