Save a Pot of Gold! No Luck Needed to Go Green

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By Willa Neale, Communications Intern
Tight on cash? Well you’re in luck! Here is a guide about how adding a little R&R&R to your life that will help you spend less and save more.

REDUCE:
Only buy what you know you can use. As consumers, we tend to purchase more goods than we actually need, and when perishables go bad, we have little choice but to throw them out. According to World Food Day USA , it is estimated that 20 pounds of food is wasted per person per month. By buying conservatively, you won’t be pouring cash down the drain along with that spoiled milk. Visit the EPA to learn more about ways to save money by reducing what you purchase. For information on how to keep your fruits and veggies fresh to avoid throwing them out, check out The Vegetarian Times

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REUSE:
Making the switch to reusable products seems like a simple enough switch, yet for some reason, we are still inclined to buy those convenient disposables. We continue to stock up on plastic water bottles, paper towels and food containers. We may think that these habits don’t add up, but in reality, they are costing you a fortune. According to Earth911 you could easily be spending upwards of $110 dollars a year on paper towels alone! Plastic baggies? That’s another $42 per year. And all of those disposable plastic bottles? Ban the Bottle reports that the recommended eight glasses of water per day will equal $1,400 dollars when bottled, while a year’s worth of water can be as little as $.49 from the tap! While it may take some time to get use to, working towards purchasing reusable materials will eventually save you hundreds of dollars per year.

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Recycle:
Recycling unwanted household objects by turning it into a new creation is one of the most fun and easy ways to save money. The Pinterest possibilities are endless when it comes to crafty DIYs that transform old clothing and furniture into new and exciting projects. Check out a few of our favorites! Earth Day Crafts 

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You could save hundreds by switching up your routine, and pushing towards a more sustainable lifestyle. Keep it up, and you might be feeling a whole lot luckier next St. Patricks Day!

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