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5 More Ways to Save Money and Reduce Waste

Find more ideas to help you cut down on costs and take care of your surroundings

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Photography: At Maculangan

Did you know that being more environmentally conscious can help you lead a better life? Changing some of our habits can help preserve the planet that we live on and cut down on our daily expenses! For example, in our earlier article, we said that we must always check the items that we have at home before purchasing anything else. Doing so will curb unnecessary spending and even prevent you from throwing away things that could still be useful.

If you would like to save money on food, water, electricity, and even furniture and home décor, here are our environmentally friendly tips.

Click here for 5 easy ways to save money and reduce waste at home. 

  • Prepare meals at home

Have you ever noticed how many things we simply throw away? If 50 out of 100 office employees buy packed lunches from a nearby convenience store or fast food restaurant daily, imagine how many pieces of cardboard or Styrofoam packaging, disposable cups, disposable utensils, and plastic or paper bags are carelessly stuffed into the trash can everyday! It’s saddening to consider how much garbage all of the employees in the major business districts can produce.

You can save more money and help decrease the amount of waste made by simply bringing your own baon to work. If you don’t have a lot of time, you can cook dishes good for five days every Sunday, refrigerate, then re-heat your meal in the office. There are also meals that can be prepared easily every morning like salads, pasta, and sandwiches. Food that you make on your own is often better for your budget, health, and the environment.  

RL Tip: Always bring your own reusable containers, utensils, water bottles, and eco-bags. You can even ask the cashier or server to place your food in your eco-bag and to not give you any plastic utensils.

  • Conserve energy

Another way to make the most of your hard-earned cash is to be more mindful of your electric use. Are too many lights turned on in your home? Is the TV on while you are surfing on your phone or doing something else? Are your chargers and appliances plugged in all day? Always turn off and unplug your things when not in use – this can make a huge difference in your monthly electric bill.

  • Buy at secondhand stores

If you want to improve your own space, we strongly urge you to reuse, recycle, or reupholster your old pieces. However, if you must purchase something, check out garage sales and secondhand stores. This practice is a cheaper and more environmentally friendly way to update the look and feel of your home.     

  • Invest in good quality pieces

When shopping for furniture, you must also look for sturdy and durable pieces that will stand the test of time. Although pieces made from cheaper material may be more affordable now, they will also need to be repaired or replaced sooner. This will force you to spend more money and throw out more things than you really should.

  • Talk to your village association, building administration or local government               

Another important step is to learn how your village, condo building or local government takes care of your garbage. You can find out if your trash is segregated and disposed of properly. If not, you should ask the administration to implement measures to ensure that waste is recycled or thrown away responsibly. For example, your condo building could provide garbage cans in the garbage room for newspaper, cardboard, plastic bottles, and other recyclable waste. 

RL Tip: It’s important to start the practice in your own home! Set aside fruit and vegetable peels that can be used as fertilizers and the recyclable waste that can be sold to local junk shops.  

Click here to see more photos and view the full home tour. 

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