Raising Kids on a Shoestring

Living Green



Many money-saving choices are also environmentally friendly practices, so you can feel even better about your decisions. Compact fluorescent light bulbs, for example, can last longer than incandescent bulbs, are more energy efficient, and lower your utility bill. (Just dispose of them properly, as they contain very small amounts of mercury.) Making your own cleansers with household staples like vinegar and baking soda saves money, is safer for children, and reduces pollutants. Getting protein by eating a variety of healthy foods (including whole grains, eggs and dairy, nuts and seeds, and beans) is good for your wallet, good for your health, and good for the environment. Buying items used, reusing what you have, and avoiding disposables is conservation — less waste in your budget and less waste in the environment. So instead of buying coffee or soda while you’re out, carry a reusable water bottle with you. It’s better for you, your planet, and your wallet.