Ways to Keep Cash in your Wallet and Be More Sustainable

16 December 2010

With a few small switches, the savings both financial and environmental will add up. Here are some of our favorites, that you might not necessarily think of.

Get a refill

Spending the afternoon in a local coffee shop? Most places offer free refills or at highly reduced prices, just ask, and save yourself a couple of dollars on your next brew.

Double the drugs

If you take a prescription that requires refills, ask your doctor to double the quantity, saving you the costs to get the next batch.

Keep an eye at the check-out

Watch the prices and items as your cashier scans your groceries, quite often, they make errors or sale prices fail to show up.

Step away from the bookstore

Bookstores can be wallet drainers, but the library doesn't always have the titles you want. Check out, an online organization that arranges book swaps for free.

But if you need to buy it

Take a look at the prices at,, and, which will save you on books, DVDs, music, and more. Buy second hand - they are in good condition and some at discounts reduced to just a couple dollars.

Go generic

The generic brand is often just as good as the brand name. And if you don't like it? Most of them are store-owned, offering a money back guarantee.

Coupons are cool

They add up, drastically cutting your costs. Online stores generally have a coupon code, or offer an incentive discount if you sign up for their newsletter. And start clipping coupons as they make their way into newspapers, magazines and mail, putting savings right back in your pocket.

Downsize your car

Most 4WDs, trucks, and some vans are petrol guzzlers, but also require more insurance and often cost more for maintenance. If you don't need it for specific reasons, switch it for a smaller sedan or compact.

Don't opt for the econo-size

At the grocery store, check the price comparisons from small versions to large ones. Usually the price is listed per unit, and you can see if you really are getting a better deal - don't assume that bigger always means cheaper. Less packaging is also often less money

Source: Ecoki Articles by Lauren

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