25 Green Living Tips To Save You Money

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A few months ago I watched a documentary called Chasing Coral on Netflix. I had never really thought about the plastic pollution problem, and it made me realize that the things I spend money on, especially grocery shopping, was in  my control.

assorted plastic bottles

The next day I went through my entire kitchen puling out everything that was plastic. I went to my local thrift store for glass containers, and I started saving glass jars from my food supply and recycled them as my new food storage and pantry containers.

aroma aromatic assortment containers
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I purchased a few things to help me sustainable and plastic free in the future:

Reusable grocery bags– these are my favorite! They hold 35 lbs and I’ve had them for a few years and they hold up and wash very well! https://amzn.to/3gyMgrA

Bulk produce bags- These are great mesh bags in different sizes so it’s easy to use when filling up your bags and keep your goods organized. https://amzn.to/2ZHeJ7P

A gallon glass pitcher – I love making my own oat milk, fruit infused water, and iced teas. This pitcher is perfect! https://amzn.to/2Az0itZ

A stainless steel water bottle.- I take this everywhere! And the stainless steel keeps my water cold. https://amzn.to/31LWAIO

I started using this water filter on my kitchen sinkhttps://amzn.to/2BNgNDg so I eliminated the need for cases of bottled water. That alone will save you money.

I recycled all my plastic bags at the grocery store, gave some kitchen supplies to friends, and donated the rest. Now if I do forget my reusable bags, I just use paper and either recycle them or use them to wrap gifts around the holidays.

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It made me realize how many things in my life revolve around plastic and how accustomed I got to using it on a daily basis. After purging all I had it really made me appreciate what I have. Now I use glass or stainless steel for everything. I’m learning how to make my own bath and beauty products also and will post my recipes once I am comfortable with them and have been using them for a bit.

The photos above are from my own sugar scrub…..recipe here make your own sugar scrub

Here are 25 easy tips you can do to start living plastic free as well, and save money in the process.

  1. Shop second hand for glass containers, tins, and meal prep containers.
  2. Shop second hand stores for clothing, furniture, and home goods too. You’ll spend a fraction of the price and less impact on the environment. 
  3. Use reusable shopping bags, keep one in your purse, keep a few in your car. 
  4. Use a stainless steel or reusable water bottle.
  5. Buy in bulk to save money and packaging.
  6. Cook from scratch, processed food is unhealthy and more expensive. 
  7. Use a recycled tumbler and take it with you to the coffee shop, or better yet make your own coffee at home.
  8. Loose tea is cheaper than bagged, and less waste.
  9. Make your own cleaners, laundry detergents, toothpaste, deodorant, sugar scrub, and more at home. Try these Diy recipes on the blog I use! https://noshwithchefjulie.com/category/diy-natural-home-bath-and-beauty/
  10. Go no poo…no shampoo or conditioner and do the baking soda and apple cider vinegar method. Your hair will be shiny, clean, and healthy without all those chemicals, and you’ll wash your hair less often. I wash my hair once a week doing this. Recipe here https://noshwithchefjulie.com/2019/08/01/diy-shampoo-and-conditioner/
  11. Clean up your living space with plants to cleanse the air…..and open your windows once and while. The air inside can be worse than the air outside.
  12. Combine errands together to save time and gas. 
  13. Save spaghetti and salsa jars for food storage, yogurt containers work well also. 
  14. Clean your mirrors and windows with vinegar and water. 50/50 ratio works great. The vinegar smell disappears once its dry and no streaks! 
  15. If your errands are less than 1 mile away, walk there. You’ll get great exercise and save on gas.
  16. Take your bike to run errands instead of your car. 
  17. Work closer to home. 
  18. Learn to sew and mend your clothes. 
  19. Stop using paper napkins and towels. Re purpose old towels into napkins, dish cloths, and cleaning rags.
  20. Have a clothing swap with friends instead of buying new. 
  21. Have a potluck with your friends to save money on going out. 
  22. Bring your own Tupperware container to a restaurant to take home leftovers. 
  23. Stop using disposable items like one use razors, cutlery, dishes, cups, etc. Use metal, glass, ceramic, bamboo, and try using a safety razor.
  24. Have a date night in with yourself or significant other. Stay up and look at the stars, take a walk, have a picnic in the park, or grill outside. Go to the library and check out free movies. Look up free events in your town/ community center, free museum days, or go for a hike together. 
  25. Use what you have, fix what you own, borrow what you can, or do without. 

What are your favorite green living tips? Let me know what you think in the comments below! You can also connect with me on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest under @noshchefjulie

My Top 15 Grocery Saving Money Tips

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Good afternoon everyone.  I have always been a frugal girl ever since I was little. Grocery shopping let along planing your meals can be overwhelming. I’ve put together my best grocery store tips that anyone can follow. Below I have listed my top 15 tips that will not only save you time, it saves you money too and who doesn’t want that?

Grocery shopping is one thing in our budgets we can control how much we spend. With the right strategy you can save a lot. Planing meals around what you already have on hand will also save on food waste.

I know it can be scary handling or even looking at your finances, but  I can honestly tell you the little bit of extra time to meal plan and prep it out will help you eat healthier and help minimize your food cost.

I wrote a meal planning book originally to organize my personal planning, and I loved it so much I decided to publish it! It has sections for recipe ideas, monthly calendars, weekly meal sections, and pages for grocery shopping list and notes.The book has enough templates to keep you organized for a whole year! Plus the monthly templates are blank so you can fill in whatever month you start with.

Available here https://amzn.to/2W0j8ld

Here’s my top 15  tips for shopping at the grocery store:

  1. Shop the perimeter of the store and avoid all the processed and packages foods.
  2. Buy in bulk.
  3. Bring your own bags, some stores give you $ credit for using them.
  4. Buy produce that is in season and look for whatever is the cheapest/ on sale.
  5. Make your own oat milk, nut butters, condiments, cleaners, and detergents at home.
  6. Drink water, your body will thank you…..and on that note use a reusable water bottle. Don’t waste your money on bottled water. I take my bottle everywhere I go, and water filter devices for your sink or pitchers will save you hundreds. They are much less expensive and buying cases of water, and there’s no plastic pollution from all the bottles.
  7. Buy whole foods, peel, chop, and portion out your fruits and vegetables at home.
  8. Shop generic, you’ll always save money over the big brands, and most of the time you won’t even taste the difference.
  9. Look at the items on the top or bottom shelves….anything in the middle is usually more expensive.
  10.  Start looking at the unit prices for each item. Sometimes with sales the biggest option isn’t always the cheapest. You want to get the most product for the least amount of money.
  11. When buying bagged produce by weight, like say 5 pounds of apples for $2.99 count the number of apples in the bag. Since it’s by weight the total amount can vary. I always count how many are in the bag, and I can usually find one with 1 or 2 more apples in the bag. When you’re stretching every dollar even this can make a difference.
  12. Use the produce scales so you can see exactly how much you can get for 1 lb. of produce.
  13. In the bakery department there is usually a section of discounted breads and desserts, I always look for good breads on sale, I can use and freeze them for later use.  You to make french toast, breadcrumbs, or croutons from stale/ day old bread.
  14. Good staples to always have on hand are rice, beans, grains, pasta, and potatoes. You can make endless recipes with them for pennies per serving.
  15. Meal planning can save you hundreds over the month/year!  Shop your pantry first, look at the store flyers and plan your meals based on what is in your pantry and what is on sale. Make a list of what you need and stick to it. This will save you time, waste less food, and you’ll have more money in your pocket.
What are some of your grocery tips? Comment below and share your advice. You can also connect with me on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest under @noshchefjulie