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Want to Save Money? Go Zero Waste

People raising their hard earned money
People raising their hard earned money
Image by 401(K) 2012 via Flickr

Money is a precious resource for humans. And there is a particular limit to how much you can spend. You can’t spend more than what you have. Or else you’ll be in serious debt. Or in the red in your books. But more often than not. It’s easier to spend than to earn money. After all the work, it’s easy to feel like you must enjoy the money you earned.

But if you want to buy your needs, you also need to think of savings. You cannot buy a house without a downpayment. Nor can you get a car, or go on vacations without enough money. Also, you need to save up for emergencies. Such emergencies include serious illnesses and job loss. Sure, you can charge your expenses to your credit card. But wouldn’t it be better to spend your own money and not worry about owing someone? In short, no worries about exorbitant interest rates.

The best way to think of saving money is to set it aside for important times. You don’t lose money when you save. Rather, it’ll be there when you need it. Above all, know what you NEED. To really save, you need to choose how you spend money. Live below not above – your means. If you have problems with saving, you need a drastic lifestyle change. For instance, one effective way to change your lifestyle and save money is to move to a zero waste lifestyle.

What is Zero Waste?

A heart shaped representation of the zero waste lifestyle
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Zero Waste is a conscientious shift to a waste free (as little as possible) living. First, the Zero Waste Movement was pioneered by men in the 1990s. Then it burst into prominence through women in social media such as Lauren Singer, Bea Johnson, and so on. Living zero waste aims to send as little as ten percent of household waste to landfill. With the other 90 percent, you must find ways to recycle, reuse or compost them. This lifestyle places a heavy burden on consumers to seek zero waste products. Given that we live in a linear economy, zero wasters need to skip convenience and look for sustainability in what they buy.

How Living Zero Waste Saves You Money

1. Helps with spending bans

People looking to buy in Bugis Street, Indonesia
Image by Dickson Phua
via Flickr

The best way to save money is to not spend any. Spending or shopping bans are popular money-saving measures whether to pay off debt fast or to prepare for a large purchase or emergency. For example, there are no-spend months, no-spend days, and more. But most people find it difficult to fulfill spending bans. The rush of dopamine with a new purchase is just too hard to resist. Modern culture just enables so much consumption without any thought.

But when you shift to zero waste lifestyle, you can better train yourself to follow through spending bans. You learn to say NO to spending your hard-earned money on things that no longer fit your lifestyle. You begin to evaluate each potential purchase. Most importantly, you ban unnecessary and wasteful purchases from your life.

2. Bulk = more savings

Buying in bulk drives up the savings potential of any purchase. You get more when you pay attention to the cost per unit, rather than the obvious price tag. You also save time on going to the store when you get everything you can need in a set time period. You also save on all the wasteful wrappers and packaging of individually-sized portions. Most importantly, you take control of how you consume.

3. Essential in health savings

Zero Waste Shopping for more wholesome and nutritious meals. Mostly plant-based
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via Flickr

Most processed food come in plastic packaging. When you choose to go zero waste, you choose mostly natural and whole foods such as grains, vegetables, fruits and meats. Most zero waste influencers even encourage a plant-based diet to ensure the least food waste possible. Then you will be able to reuse and compost whatever’s left from your food. Most importantly, the places where you can get package-free food are also the ones which showcase them without harmful pesticides and additives such as farmers’ markets, flea markets, and bulk bins. Thus, you get to have the most nutritious lifestyle without damaging the environment. You get less sick and enjoy being more active with a zero waste lifestyle.

3. You buy less = more contentment

We live in a world where we are encouraged to buy, buy, and buy to our heart’s content. But the sense of contentment gets lost with every purchase. There are new trends to follow, new things to try, and new things pushed onto us every day. So it is all too easy to fall onto the overflowing pit of consumption. Yet it’s not our stuff that should define our contentment in life. Rather, it should be how they are useful and whether they bring value to our life at all. Going zero waste would greatly help in guiding you to see what really makes you content. You buy less. You learn to value what you have before throwing it away.

Conclusion

Going zero waste is not easy. It is a drastic lifestyle change that demands outmost commitment. But it is also fulfilling. It offers a lot of benefits, none the least financial. If you want to save money, then go zero waste. If you want to spend your money on what’s really important to you, go zero waste. Living zero waste will save you money by showing you how and where it’s best to spend your money on.

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