My friend Carrie over at NMTR has a blog and podcast that addresses natural mothering. Recently she posted that she would now be including some talk of money on her blog and asked for reader opinions. Does the subject of money management and frugality detract from the natural mom message? I say no.
For me, green living is a huge part of natural mothering and green living and a life of frugality go together like peanut butter and jelly. Think about it. What are some of the key areas of green and natural living? Recycling, repurposing, reusing, reducing, make smarter choices….are not these many of the same things that help us live frugally?
Now of course there are always exceptions. Green is the coolest thing to be nowadays and for many that might just mean hip dinner conversation, a few eco-friendly gadgets, and some new light bulbs. Remember my post on green consumerism? BUT this is not the case with the majority.
Reducing, reusing, recycling, composting, and minimizing our consumption are great ways to help the planet AND save money. When we give up paper towels to reduce our waste we are saving money. When we make our own planet friendly cleaners we are saving money. When we put old milk jugs in the toilet to conserve water we are saving money. The same action serves two purposes.
I think it goes to follow that since these two things go togther so well it would be a shame if we didn’t give them both the attention they deserve.
For more on living green AND frugal see my cheapskate series below:
Comfort and Style on a Cheapskates Budget
You Expectant Cheapskate
You Beautiful Cheapskate