I love it when two important causes work synergistically, such as the fusion between saving the planet and saving your bank account. Here are four ways you can simultaneously cut your carbon footprint and your expenses.
1. Swap paper towels for rags
Instead of shelling out $5 for a roll of paper towels that might only last for one month, buy some kitchen rags. Better yet, repurpose your old, stained T-shirts to use as your new kitchen rags.
You'll save $60 per year by trimming a $5 monthly paper towel expense from your budget, and you'll also cut back on your trash.
2. Install low-flow aerators
Low-flow aerators, which screw onto your kitchen and bath faucet heads, significantly reduce your water flow. These devices "aerate" the water, which means they add air to the water so you still feel like you're getting full pressure.
You can buy a low-flow aerator for less than $5 from Amazon.com and other online retailers, and the reduction in water use will go a long way toward trimming your ongoing water bills. It's also great for the environment.
3. Inflate your tires
Want an easy way to curb your gasoline use? Keep your tires properly inflated, which will boost your mileage per gallon.
Many gas stations will let you pump air for free. By maintaining proper tire pressure, you can potentially save hundreds on gasoline over the span of a year.
4. Try chicken or vegetarian meals
Beef and pork can get expensive -- and that makes sense. It requires a lot of resources to raise and slaughter pigs and cows. Chicken is a cheaper, healthier and eco-friendly alternative. Start swapping your red meat with chicken more often.
Better yet, pick a few days per week to try vegetarian meals. My favorite vegetarian meals include bean burritos (smothered with cheese, avocado and salsa), veggie stir-fry, and vegetarian Thai red curry.
Paula Pant blogs at AffordAnything.com about building wealth and living life on your own terms. She's traveled to nearly 30 countries, owns six rental units that produce thousands in passive income, and runs her own digital marketing company. Follow Paula on Twitter @AffordAnything.