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I had tried to live a frugal lifestyle before. I used coupons when I remembered. I stocked up on items when they went on sale, and I tried to follow a budget. But no matter how many books I read on saving money or following a budget, I couldn't do it very well. I'd be strict with my spending for a few weeks or months and then I'd get lazy and our grocery bill would quickly creep up.
I wanted to be a saver, not a spender. I wanted to be sensible with my money, but I couldn't do it. This was true until I turned "green."
I'm not sure exactly when I started to be interested in the environment, but I began to read books on living an eco-friendly lifestyle. I was suddenly passionate about being low-impact in how I lived.
Maybe my motivation wasn't strong enough before. Maybe the goal of "spending less" just wasn't big enough for me. Now I wanted to help save the planet. I guess this goal was big enough because it stuck.
I now live as "green" of a life as I can. By going "green," I have also become the frugal superstar I always wanted to be. Here are a few ways I'm living an eco-friendly lifestyle and spending less money:
It's interesting to me that by choosing to live in an environmentally-friendly manner, I'm also helping my family's finances and health. Because I feel so passionate about this, I know I'll continue to stick with it and enjoy how great it feels to be living responsibly in all possible ways.
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