2. Winterize Your Home
If you can hear the wind whistling through the cracks and gaps in your doors and windows, then you are letting money and resources fly out the window. Take the extra time to fill in all of those gaps and cracks, and use draft stoppers to keep that cold basement air downstairs. It’s also a good idea to have an energy audit done on your home to find out where hidden cracks and gaps are that you can’t see, for example around your electrical outlets.
4. Shop Secondhand
Shopping at your local secondhand stores is a great way to buy something that you need without impacting the environment. Thrift stores are great places to grab lightly used clothing, books, toys, and housewares. You will really be surprised at the treasures that you will find when you shop at your local secondhand stores. Not only will you save a lot of money, but you will give a second life to something that someone else no longer needed.
6. Get Creative
The next time that your child is asking for a new video game or toy, consider organizing a swap with a close friend or family member. Chances are that your child’s close friends and cousins have different toys or games than your child. Swapping games or toys is a great way for your child to get something new to play with, without impacting the environment. Plus, after your child has played with those toys for a while, chances are they will be excited to see their old toys again.[/caption]
7. Fun for Free
You don’t need to spend the day skiing, eating at expensive restaurants or going out to the movies to have fun as a family. There are literally thousands of ways that you can have fun as a family that don’t have an impact on your wallet or the environment. Instead of spending the day skiing, go for a winter hike and picnic. Instead of an expensive meal out, prepare a homemade meal together at home, and instead of a trip to the movie theater, grab blankets, pillows and air popped popcorn and rent a movie to watch at home.
What thrifty ways is your family saving money and the planet this year?
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