I had a chat with Karen who runs The Rubbish Diet this morning and she inspired me to write this post when she said she believed switching to a zero waste lifestyle had saved her a massive £2500 over two years!
That makes sorting your recyclable almost sound like fun!
We all know that the average family throws away £60 per month of edible food, so that’s already £720 a year.
And it doesn’t take much to swell the savings fund.
Here are some ideas. This isn’t a post where I expect people to come back and criticise my costings, it’s merely an educated guess to get you totting up ways in which YOU could save money.
if you are currently buying cheaper, then great! But there’s always room for improvement, right?
Once you’ve reduced food waste and are recycling and reusing as much as you can; you’ll slash the money you spend on black bags. At around 14p per bag, you could be saving £15 per year.
Even if you have great intentions of smoothing out and reusing clingfilm, it’s not the easiest thing to manage. By swapping to a ‘wrap ‘n’ mat’ you could be saving another £14 per year.
Love making your own cupcakes and muffins? Make the switch to silicone bakeware and the savings will add up. If you bake 24 cakes a week you could rack up savings of £12 per year by making the switch.
I used to get through at least 2 rolls a week. I’d use it to wipe over the kitchen worksurfaces as well as mopping up spills. By switching to microfiber cloths I’m saving an embarrassingly huge £78 per year
Wipes, wipes, wipes
What with make up wipes, floor wipes and personal wipes, we live in a disposable culture! Swap make up wipes for an old fashioned flannel, use your ecloth on the floor and make your own personal wipes with equal parts witch hazel and grapeseed oil. You’ll save an eye-watering £63 per year.
Rechargeable batteries mean your remote control and kid’s favourite toys will never be without power again. And you’ll never go to take that perfect photograph and find yourself out of juice. Even cheap batteries cost around £1 each, so you do the maths…
Ditch bottled water
You already pay to have water available in your kitchen tap, so get a reusable bottle and start refilling. If you take your own, rather than buy a bottle of water every day for lunch, savings could tot up to a thirst quenching £150 per year.
Ladies, how much are you spending per month on keeping yourself fresh and clean? By switching to a reusable option such as the mooncup of washable pads, you’ll stop seeing red. You could save between £40 – £80 per year
Does your little prince or princess still need nappies? Make the switch to washables and you could be putting £180 a year into their University fund.
Do you grow your own? All that gardening equipment can be expensive. So save those toilet roll inners for instant biodegradable pots, make your own compost from veg peelings and slather those coffee grounds under your roses.
Save it up
The postman brings you freebies every day in the form of stationery. I haven’t bought a jiffy bag, roll of bubble wrap, pack of rubber bands or envelope for about 10 years – I can’t begin to imagine how much money I’ve saved!
Beg and borrow, but don’t steal
My local library is one of my favourite resources, I can borrow books for three weeks for free! By using a scheme like Streetbank you can borrow tools and equipment rather than buying new and by signing up to Freecycle you can get all manner of unwanted goodies for nothing.
Over to you – how does reducing waste save you money? For more ways on how adopting the 5 R’s can save you money, click here.