My weight loss is nonexistent. I've toyed with Weight Watchers. The monthly and start up fees have me second guessing as I've used before and not stuck to the plan. How about I save the fees, eat less, and walk to store more often instead of using my car? There would be triple result; money, carbon emission, and weight loss savings. Add ditching the plastic bags by bringing my own and another win. Sometimes though what's good for the environment is expensive, and what is frugal isn't a good choice for environment. I don't do the "right" thing every time, whatever that is, but strive for a frugal, social, environmental balance. Below are a few examples of where I choose the less financially frugal option.
|Soaking beans for soup-frugal and earth friendly.|
- Tipping the server on the bill before discounts applied. Why should a good server be penalized because the owner/corporation decided to run a two for one special or half price appetizers?I've had disagreements with others on my interpretation.
- While I prefer real plates, I buy non plastic coated paper ware for cabin (won't emit caustic fumes when burned in fire pit)
- Local lawn weed service that uses environmental friendly products (plus an old high school friend's business)
- Eggs, dairy, and meat products. I want the luxury of cage free and free range, but admit, frugal wins out often with trying to stretch the budget. I hope I make up for that in part with eating more vegetarian options
- Buying inexpensive clothing. I admit I don't know where my packs of seven pairs underwear is made, but I do buy that new, and cheap. I try and make my clothes last, and am not opposed to second hand, so I am not frivolously spending at the expense of poverty wage laborers, but know I should do better.
- I've bought cheap plastic milk bottles soda, juice, etc., instead of the costlier co-op options. I keep looking for ways to reduce my plastic because even if recycled, that's still waste.
|Refillable Keurig pod with free trade coffee.Trifecta.|