You Can Save Money and Help the Environment this Earth Day
- April 22, 2019
- By: Greenpath Financial Wellness
GreenPath Financial Wellness is passionate about remixing the American Dream so it works for everyone. This starts by shifting one’s mindset about money and being more aware of spending and saving habits. This Earth Day, we want you to challenge yourself to make a few small changes that are good for the environment and your budget. These five tips can help the planet and make you some extra money.
1. Return Cans and Bottles
If you live in one of these 10 states you can return your cans and bottles for cash! Depending on where you shop, you can also get store credit to put towards your groceries. If you go for a morning jog or walk this Earth Day, bring a grocery bag to collect cans and bottles you find along the way.
2. Grow a Garden and Make Some Cash
If you’re starting your own plants from seed this spring, then you could earn some extra money by growing a few extra seedlings to sell. The best plants to grow and sell include: tomatoes, peppers, herbs and broccoli. You can also pot up and sell shrubs, lilies and house plants. If you want to get creative, try selling porch planters, miniature fairy and succulent gardens or indoor herb gardens. Before you decide to start selling plants, find out if you need to purchase a license to sell plants in your state.
3. Apply to Be a Nature Guide
Looking for a part-time job to earn some extra cash to pay off debt? Apply to be a local nature guide. Some local guides make up to $60 per hour showing people the local sights. If you’re interested, check out Vayable and Shiroube. According to an article in Forbes, Vayable guides on average earn $250 per tour or $212 after the Vayable guide fee. Shiroube doesn’t charge guide fees or collect payments from travelers but relies on you to negotiate your rates and collect money from clients. The guide fee you could earn from Shiroube can be as high as 30% of what the traveler pays.
4. Cut Down on Energy Costs
Anytime you reduce your energy costs, you’re saving money, and it’s good for the environment. That’s a win, win! Energy efficiency is about using less energy and avoiding high energy bills and unnecessary pollution. You can learn more about the environmental impacts of energy use in your state here.
5. Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies
Keeping your house clean can be a serious household expense. Did you know that you can save money on cleaning supplies by making them at home? Lots of products can be made out of ingredients you already have in your kitchen cabinets. Check out Mother Nature Network for some environmentally friendly recipes for making your own products.
GreenPath is Here to Help
At GreenPath Financial Wellness, we are working to make it easier for everyone to achieve financial health. We can help you gain a better understanding of your spending habits, and we can help you make a budget to achieve your dreams. Our financial coaches are kind and caring. We can help you understand your finances and make a plan to meet your goals. It’s free, confidential and no pressure!