My writing mojo has taken a hit this week. I have to be in the right frame of mind to write. My thoughts have been elsewhere. This is not something I’m proud of. I feel I should be able to write-through whatever life’s throws at me, but I can’t.
So, looking for inspiration I put out a call to action on Facebook. To which Shelley kindly responded. It was suggested I post about saving on electricity by line drying etc…
I do line dry, but I don’t think I could write an entire post about it. However Shelleys’ much-needed suggestion made me think.
What is it that we do each day that makes a difference, not only to our wallet, but to reduce waste of resources?
It’s the classical win-win situation. Okay, so maybe the retailers and manufacturers don’t win, but my opinion is that there are way too many of them anyway! Brace yourself… there’s a controversial statement for an aspiring frugalista coming… but my ideal would be to produce and consume less generally and if that increases price, so be it. Maybe more people would buy what they need or truly desire rather than making reckless purchases (that tend to accompany low-pricing). These purchases impact on not only personal finances long-term, but so many other factors also.
Living a simple life is a frame of mind, it encompasses many things. It isn’t the same experience for all. There are degrees of simplicity and minimalism, of which frugality is just one facet. For me frugality isn’t the prime-motivator. It’s a very welcomed by-product of other changes I’ve made. After all, for me it isn’t all about the money.
One area I really want to work on is the amount of general (non-food) waste I produce, though I doubt I’ll be able to achieve what’s going on at Zero Waste Home (way to go over there!). For example, I know that by packing lunches in reusable containers I can reduce waste. This also means I can reduce time dealing with packaging waste as well as benefiting from significant cost benefits from not buying individually packaged convenience servings. I know Donna over at GRS is a fan of brown-bagging also.
But what else could I be doing?
And of course I avoid reckless purchases by conscious spending.
But what else could I, could we all be doing?
I’m a huge believer that once you’ve covered the big stuff, that it’s the small, seemingly insignificant changes that make the difference day-in day-out, going forward.
One of my small changes is that I make my “coffee to go” at home, and I top up our water bottles before leaving the house. I know I’m not the only one. The Frugal Girl isn’t down with bottled water either.
I’ve been doing some reading to inspire me to push it further. Rachel, The Minimalist Mom kindly provided a great reading list yesterday, and ex-consumer Jenny has listed how some of her readers (me included) are doing it all over the world.
The floor is open – Please inspire us all!