We all know that becoming more eco-friendly benefits the planet. However, sometimes sustainable choices can seem daunting. Some eco-friendly choices actually end up costing more money than conventional ones. But there are a few simple changes you can make to ‘go green’ while saving some green.

Stop Eating Meat

Many people think that eating healthy is out of the question because it is more expensive. However, that is a common misconception. A study in the Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition proved this. They found that a diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and olive oil was cheaper than a diet that was based around meat. In total, they found that someone following a vegetarian diet could save a whopping $746.46 per year if they cut out meat.

Prepare Your Own Food

While we are talking about food, here is another eco-conscious way to cut down on your spending. Restaurants produce a hefty amount of food waste. This puts a huge strain on the environment. There is another benefit to preparing your own food: it usually cuts down on total calories, making it easier to lose weight.

Fix Broken Things

Nowadays, it seems like we live in a throwaway culture. What if my phone starts acting up? I’ll buy a new one. This kind of thinking is definitely not eco-friendly and can burn a serious hole in your wallet. Instead of moving on to the next thing when phones, appliances, and furniture start to break, consider repairing them.

Buy Different Light Bulbs

One of the simplest things you can do when you’re going green is to switch your light bulbs. Instead of buying the traditional incandescent bulbs, opt for energy-efficient ones instead. They will save you money in the long run because they use 25-80% less energy than incandescents. They also last much longer, their lifespan being 3-25 times that of their incandescent counterpart.

Make DIY Cleaning Supplies

Another household tip is to make your own cleaning supplies. From sanitizing solution to laundry soap, any cleaning supply you use in your home can be made. This will not only save you money, but homemade cleaning supplies are a lot more gentle than traditional ones, keeping harsh chemicals out of your home and the ecosystem.

Make Your Own Skincare and Beauty Products

Skincare and makeup can be super expensive, but there’s good news: you can make your own! If you choose to go this route, you can cut out nasty chemicals that negatively affect the environment and you can save a pretty penny. Another benefit is that you can tailor your concoctions to your specific skin type and look.

Borrow and Thrift Instead of Buying New

The next time you need something new, check up on friends and family members to see if you can borrow theirs. You can also borrow books from the library, rent movies and consider buying used from secondhand stores. This keeps more items out of the landfill and it is a great way to save cash. Don’t be wary of buying used items and accepting hand-me-downs. Sometimes, things in thrift stores have been lightly used and are basically like new.

Host a Yard Sale

Speaking of used items, it could be in your best interest to get rid of some unused things in your house. You could make a little bit of money while you’re helping others save the planet! Yard sales save energy and space in the landfill and will benefit your pocketbook.

Recycle Your Car

Wheels for Wishes is a charity that takes used cars and then recycles them so they can be made into something else. In fact, the most recycled item on the planet is the car. So if you have an old car lying around, consider donating it. Wheels for Wishes is a registered nonprofit in the US, so anything you donate will be tax-deductible. Not bad, eh?

As you can see, becoming eco-friendly can be super cost effective. Some of the things you can do are simple and can save you a boatload of money in the long run.