These three simple ways to save will help you to save hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year. But spending less is about so much more than just saving money - living well on less is so positive on many levels. From a permaculture perspective it also supports the 3 core ethics of earth care, people care & fair share.
|By spending less, I can work less. With my spare time, I get to hang out with my family more in the garden, and even have the opportunity to homeschool them.|
Spending less, amongst other things, means:
- we use/have less stuff
- we save energy
- we create less waste
- we create less pollution
- we save money for important things and the good stuff
- we share and exchange things more
- we are encouraged to repair, reuse and up-cycle things.
- we have less stuff to clean and put away
- we could work fewer hours and have more time to pursue 'passion-projects'.
- we get to spend more time with family, friends and community
|The 'pots and pans' drum kit is just perfect, and far more robust than the plastic drum kits for little kids.|
So here's the 3 simple ways to save money....
- Use CASH - studies have shown that you spend at least more than 20% more if you use plastic.
- Go shopping with a LIST - and try to stick to it - have a standing list of basics.
- Create a BUDGET for weekly spending - and try to stick to this too.
7 Questions to Ask:
Seems too simple, bit if you stick to it you will be amazed what a difference it makes. Also, you may like to try asking these questions before buying something:
- Do I actually need this (or is it just a 'want')?
- Is there a better way I could be spending this money?
- Is there something growing locally, in my garden?
- Could I make this?
- Do I have an old one I can mend?
- Could I get it second hand?
- Can I share buying this with others, borrow it from a friend, (or join a tool library, for example)?
|I go shopping for my basic weekly supplies at my local organic coop store and buy bulk foods in recyclable and reusable packaging. I love this store and often bump into friends.|
Voluntary simplicity, also known sometimes as downshifting, cultivates a level of resilience and abundance thinking. It also helps us to keep in mind the really important things in life and spend more time doing the things we love.
|Growing food at home or in community gardens is a great way to save on the food bill.|
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