More often than ever, we discover new ways to “go green” and help preserve the environment and how we treat the planet in which we inhabit. You may not know that there are many ways to go green that can also save you money in the long run. And the great thing is, there are a number of “hacks” to do just that. You may not even realize how easy it is to save money while being environmentally friendly.
Here are a few easy tips on how to go green while keeping your budget and finances in line:
- Take advantage of the sharing economy. Whether you’re browsing Craigslist, checking out Facebook Marketplace, or even bidding on eBay, you’d be surprised just how many items for sale are in great shape. So, why bother going to a big-box store or department store to buy furniture, appliances, or even clothes for a special occasion? Also, if you have neighbors, you can embrace the sharing economy by sharing resources with them. If you need to borrow a lawn mower, blender, or even a cup of sugar, you’re saving money without having to tap into unexpected environmental resources.
- Avoid eating out and start meal planning. With regards to saving money, this is really a no-brainer. While it’s far more convenient to grab lunch at a local eatery while on our work lunch break, cooking at home and meal planning ahead of time will end up saving you a lot more money than you think. Also, by avoiding fast food and other relatively unhealthy forms of takeout, you can use fresh ingredients at home, and by supporting local farmers, you’ll make an impact on the environment. Meal prep doesn’t just apply to one meal – you can do it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- Go paperless with your bank statements. Generally speaking, it’s common practice to receive your bank statements in the mail. However, in 2018, receiving your account information and balances is starting to go the way of the dinosaur. At Polam, you can sign up for e-statements, which are delivered directly to your email inbox. It costs nothing to sign up, and you’ll be helping the environment by reducing paper waste. You can also access up to six months of your statements by using online banking or our mobile banking app, which you can find at the App Store or Google Play.