We all probably know by now that we can help the environment by using reusables and cutting down on single-use items. But something we might not realize is a budget is one of the easiest ways to get yourself on track with the 5 R’s of Zero Waste: Reduce, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot.
Having a set in stone, itemized budget can help you take stock of the incomings in your home, not only when it comes to funds, but the physical items that you bring in to your home. You can itemize what you spend on food (both groceries and eating out), clothes, home items, other shopping, and your bills.
By looking at your spending on such a granular level, you are bound to spend a little more time thinking about each purchase, and it will give you time to ask some of these questions:
Do I really want this?
Do I really need this?
Do I already own something that could do the job?
If I am replacing an item, could I repair it instead?
Is this spending, really worth the time it took to make it, and the resources it took to make the product?
Budgets and spending is a very personal thing, and everyone’s restrictions and limitations will be different, but what’s most important, is that you set some, and you stick to them. This will not only help you save money, but it will also reduce the number of the planet’s resources that you are using, creating a lower footprint.
Do you have a budget? Does it help you reduce your carbon footprint, or do you have another way to keep on track? I would love to hear about it in the comments.