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Budget-Friendly and Eco-Conscious? Yes, It Is Possible

Updated: Feb 3

By: Tina Martin

Do you feel like living a greener lifestyle is financially out of reach? When looking at the price of zero-waste kitchen supplies, eco-friendly fashion, and other sustainable living basics, it can seem like living green is only for the well-to-do. The truth is, anyone can adopt a more eco-conscious lifestyle no matter their budget even if they don’t live in one of the greener cities in the nation — it just requires some creativity! Here are four ways you can spend less on the products you need for a greener lifestyle.


Find the Lowest Price


Have you been eyeing a stainless steel straw, silicone snack bag, or other low-waste product? Instead of buying when the impulse strikes, wait for a sale to bring the price down. Signing up for email newsletters is a great way to be notified of sales, but you can also use a price-tracking tool like CamelCamelCamel to monitor prices on Amazon and find the best time to buy. If you don’t have time to wait, the Invisible Hand browser extension will help you find the lowest price available on the web.



Take Advantage of Free Shipping


There’s nothing worse than finding a great deal only to be hit with sky-high shipping charges at checkout. To keep shipping costs from blowing your budget, look for online stores that offer free shipping. While some retailers offer free shipping for purchases of any amount, most require a minimum order amount before they ship for free. If you have a variety of items on your list, try to find a retailer that stocks several so it’s easier to hit shipping minimums. If you can’t get free shipping, see if the retailer offers in-store pickup.


Search for Promo Codes


You found a great sale, loaded your digital shopping cart, and are ready to check out — but wait! There’s one more step you need to take if you want to get the best price on online goods. Applying a promo code at checkout could save you a percentage off of your purchase. While retailers occasionally send promo codes via email newsletters, third-party

websites are the easiest place to find

coupon codes to apply to your purchase.

While you might not find discount codes

for niche brands, it’s easy to score promo

codes for major retailers.


And don’t assume that big stores don’t sell eco-friendly products — some retailers offer furniture made from recycled and reclaimed materials, like this coffee table made with reclaimed peroba wood. And since it’s from a well-known brand, you can count on high-quality construction that’s designed to last.



Shop Secondhand Style


Who says you have to buy new? Buying secondhand clothing is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, and you don’t have to sift through piles of thrift store donations to do it. Online second hand retailers like ThredUp, Poshmark, and Grailed offer curated selections of used clothing, shoes, and accessories. Since they only accept name-brand items in good condition, you can trust that you’re getting a high-quality garment when you buy. The best part? These online thrift stores don’t shy away from sales and promo codes — first-time customers at ThredUp, for example, get a hefty 20 percent off their first purchase.


Saving money on green goods doesn’t just help you afford the eco-friendly goods you want. When you lower prices through tricks and tips like these, you also make it possible to afford higher-quality products than you would otherwise. By purchasing products designed to last, you shrink your carbon footprint even further thanks to the longer life cycle of well-constructed goods. Instead of sticking to cheaply made items that fit your budget — and growing your carbon footprint in the process — use our tips to afford the high-quality, eco-friendly goods you want at a price that works.



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