Sometimes I find myself doing little things to save money and be earth-friendly that I am not even aware of anymore. I probably started doing it because it makes sense to me, and now it is all just habit. Read on and tell me if I am truly trying to save money and be earth-friendly, or just being ultra lazy. I suspect sometimes it’s the latter.
Eating out of the pot
When I am eating a meal alone or have just made a big pot of ramen, a lot of times I end up just eating directly out of the pot. I figure then I do not have to wash extra dishes so save a tiny bit of water and dish soap. Actually, my hubby does this too. I think it’s probably part laziness too. We also sometimes just use the same bowl for cereal or oatmeal. If he is finished eating I will just reuse his bowl, and vice versa. Overall, its not like a formal dinner party and it saves us time in the end.
Using as much daylight as possible
I am actually doing this right now. During the day I open up the blinds as wide as possible to let in the light! Then I try to just use daylight for as long as possible before turning on the lights. I figure as long as I can see well enough to not bump into things I am fine. Of course, if I am using a knife then lights on for safety.
This is extremely tedious and kind of gross sometimes. I just intensely dislike the thought of using a Coinstar machine to count my coins when I can do it myself for free. This way I keep as much money as possible instead of giving away fees to Coinstar. It is the miser in me.
Ripping paper napkins in half
Hilariously enough, I just went to a place last weekend that literally cut their paper napkins in half! It was the first time I have ever seen that at a restaurant! It was at a pricey Korean tea and coffee place! For the amount they charge for their drinks, you would think they would have enough money for napkins. At home, I have cloth napkins I try to use as much as possible! When I have to use paper napkins, I tend to rip them in half for myself. My hubby ends up using the entire napkin, but I find that I only use a little. So rip the napkin in half and save some trees and money.
Taking showers as fast as possible
I absolutely love my showers and take much too long in there. It is so relaxing though to wash my hair with nicely scented shampoo. I feel guilty about how much water I am using every now and then, and then I go into fast pace shower mode. Ever heard of the 5 minute shower? I try to do everything as quickly as possible to save water! I have no idea if I ever reach under 5 minutes, one day I will need my hubby to time me.
Bringing my own containers for takeout
With the size of portions in restaurants, more than likely I will end up taking home half my meal. I have been trying to do this more often, not quite successful yet, as I often forget. I bring along my own container to put my leftovers in. I usually do not microwave styrofoam or plastic because of the potential hazards, so in the end I transfer it to another container anyway. This way I skip the takeout container entirely!
Keeping all kinds of takeout containers
If I end up taking something to go, and see that it’s a nice sturdy container, I will wash it out and reuse it as many times as possible before recycling it. I figure that it is free tupperware! My in-laws take this even further and save basically every single takeout container they get. They are the ultimate re-users!
Are there any little things that you find yourself doing to save money and the earth? Do you think I am being sensible or just lazy?