Did you know that most of our grocery shopping habits waste lots of cash and lead to environmental damage? Luckily most people have become more frugal to help cut costs to help protect the environmental surroundings. So what can you do to help protect the environment on your next trip to the grocery. Changing some of your shopping habits is really eay if you just make up your mind to do it. Here are some simple ways to save while also protecting the environment.
· Buy only what you need
Plan what you need over a few days to avoid dashing to the grocery every time you need something. This often leads to picking up things you never had planned to buy. Also, plan your meals for a week to ensure that you know exactly what you are cooking each day. If you have to consistently run to the grocery each day to get fresh vegetables, chances are you are spending more on fuel, polluting the environment and becoming a victim of impulse buying. However, do not make it a practice over buy. It will save you money, gas, there will be less pollution and trash.
· Buy in bulk
If you are making monthly purchases consider buying in bulk. When you purchase in bulk you often get financial discounts as well as you will decrease your carbon footprint because you will not have to go to the grocery which cut backs on carbon pollution. When you buy in bulk, it costs much less per pound than buying in small units. In fact when you purchase small packages, it often leads to more litter in landfills and the environment.
· Bring your own reusable bags
It is very important to invest in your own reusable bags and completely ditch the plastic. This eliminates or reduces the need for stores to provide the plastic bags that so often end up in oceans and landfills and it takes years to break down one plastic bag. Canvas and cloth bags are inexpensive, very roomy and are easy to carry. Theses bags are also easily washable and can be reused for later. Many stores are encouraging people to come with their bags and providing discounts and incentives for those who do.
· Reduce, re-heat, reuse
In most homes, lots of leftover food finds its way to the garbage bin. Often times the food is can be reheated and used in the next meal. Broths can also be utilized in the next meal if they are well preserved. When possible, cook just enough so that it can be consumed completely at dinner time with little or no leftovers. Leftovers can often be used with added new ingredients to make a brand new meal for the next day.
· Grow herbs in the backyard
If you have space in the backyard, grow some herbs and vegetables rather than buy them at the grocery. This may be more time consuming but the advantage of growing your own vegetables and herbs is that you get to consume organic produce, you will save money on your grocery bill, it is a form of exercise and you will contribute to a greener environment.
Saving money on grocery and helping to preserve the environment actually go hand in hand, but it takes a made up mind and commitment to reap the benefits.