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Consume less blog

In this blog you can read everything about reducing consumption. Consume sustainably. Huh? Yes really. Feel free to read on in this save blog or frugal life blog. Whatever you want to call it.

CONTENT

  1. How do you save?
  2. Living
  3. Water and electricity consumption
  4. Home Appliance
  5. Groceries
  6. Shopping and purchases
  7. Leisure
  8. More conscious with your consumption behavior
  9. What is consuming less?

How do you save by consuming less?

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The question is, of course, how do you save by consuming less ? Of course you can change everything drastically, on a course to make your own clothes, grow your own vegetables and only go out by bike. But there are also a lot of small changes that will make a big difference.

These changes will not only focus on what you buy, but also how you organize your life . Try an activity that does not cost money. Catch up with your friend during a walk, instead of in a restaurant, with a high-tea.

It is nice to look at some small adjustments in daily life and what you save with that. By understanding what you save, you stay motivated.

To get this clear to yourself, it is important to be aware of how you consume .

  • Do you live in a big house and do you use a lot of energy?
  • Do you often buy new clothes?
  • Do you buy seasonal fruit and vegetables?

There are many unconscious habits and customs that you could consume in.

  • Have old appliances repaired and do not purchase unnecessary new appliances.
  • Leave the car more often and do (environmentally friendly) activities for free.
  • It is advantageous to cook with seasonal products or to bring food and drinks with you on an afternoon out.

Consumption blog tips:

In this blog we have listed a number of tips and tricks for consuming less per topic:

Living

  • Compare insurance and energy suppliers and choose an affordable provider.
  • Do you read the magazines and newspapers? Are cheaper (outdoor) sports possible and do you use all the data from your telephone subscription every month? View your subscriptions critically .
  • Go budgeting, set a budget for each month and choose where to spend your money.
  • Share with the neighbors , opt for a joint subscription, a neighborhood lawn mower, hedge trimmer or watch each other's children.

Water and electricity consumption

save water by turning off the tap
Use water sparingly
  • Choose the water-saving option for the shower head, faucets and rinses.
  • Do not shower longer than necessary.
  • Wash at a low temperature , with a full washing drum.
  • Use towels once more and let them air dry.
  • Do not use the dryer as standard , but let clothes dry on a drying rack.
  • Be aware of water consumption and turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, for example.
  • Close the refrigerator after use and do not leave it open unnecessarily.
  • Switch off lights and do not put devices on standby by default.

Home Appliance

  • Tidy up thoroughly and give away anything you don't use or don't need, only keep things that are valuable, that you use a lot, or that are practical.
  • Make simple furniture and items yourself.
  • Choose quality , furniture and items that last and are durable.
  • Thanks to a simple design you not only save money, but you also ensure peace and a tidy feeling.
  • And don't forget the thrift store . Here you will discover really nice things for next to nothing.

Groceries

shopping in the supermarket
Smart shopping
  • Grow your own vegetables , fruits and herbs. Fun (and free) to do!
  • Make food yourself ; you can easily make many prepackaged products in the supermarket yourself (energy bars, soups, etc.)
  • Do your shopping for the whole week . Decide what you want to buy and the budget for that week.
  • See what products are in the ad for that week.
  • Buy smartly and choose ingredients to use in different recipes, so you buy larger quantities.
  • Make use of leftovers ! Do you still have vegetables or herbs in the fridge? Cook with these products and everything else in the cupboard.
  • Withdraw a certain amount and do it for at least a week. When you pay cash, you keep a lot more control over your money. So do. It rhymes ..
  • Choose your own brand more often. These are just well-known brands, but under their own name. Saves a lot of money and it is no worse.
  • Compare the supermarkets with each other. You will find that one is much cheaper or more expensive than the other.
  • Buy on the market . You often buy tasty fruit for little.

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Shopping and purchases

  • Most importantly, think about your possible purchase and wait to buy. Do you really need it? And do you still want it after a week? This is often not the case.
  • Make a list : what do you need and what not? What clothes and things are still in the closet?
  • Try not to buy anything for a long time and write down what you wanted to buy.
  • Organize a clothing swap afternoon with friends and exchange all your clothes that you no longer wear.
  • Before you buy, consider : do I have anything at home that I can use? Can I buy it second hand? Is it possible to make or exchange it yourself?
  • Pay attention to how the product was produced , how big is the impact on the environment and how sustainable is the product? Choose quality.

Leisure

Leisure
Time for your own
  • Create peace of mind in your phone and digital devices. Delete unused apps, photos and emails.
  • Choose a holiday home exchange or use couchsurfing (staying at people's homes.
  • Take the bike , to work, in your spare time or to go on a cycling holiday. Healthy and conscious! Consult with your employer about the possibilities and whether there is a 'bicycle plan' at your employer.
  • Check discount sites with cheap tickets for activities and trips.

Enough tips in this blog to save and reduce consumption. Because does having and buying more really make you happier? Wait to buy, think carefully and there is a good chance that you will consume less!

More conscious with your consumption behavior

Living cheaper can save your piggy bank
Sustainable consumption

Consume sustainably. People are increasingly aware of their own consumption behavior and realize the consequences of endless buying . This is a consequence of the large-scale waste in the 'Western consumer society', which became visible during the economic boom in the second half of the 90th century in the USA.

This consumption behavior has major consequences for the environment , the idea that prevails in society about materialism and having (brand) stuff or products, the time spent by people (with smartphones and social media) and of course for the wallet. So it is not just about saving in daily life, but consuming less will certainly generate more money!

The nice thing about consuming less is that you don't have to compromise on your wishes and lifestyle. You choose more sustainable , alternative and consciously .

In addition to being a huge saving, you also take good care of the environment ! The fact that consuming less is alive in the USA is evident from the massive articles, books and studies that have been done into consumer behavior and consuming less.

But what exactly is it? And do you want to consume yourself? The following tips and tricks provide information on how to start a more sustainable life and answer everything you need to know about it. So do you enjoy reading this blog?

What is consuming less?

Consume less by buying less - less = more
Less is more

Consume less is a derivative of the word consume . The word “lake” has been replaced by “reduce” and thus literally means consuming less. Originally consuming less was meant to save the environment and this was the starting point. For example, by using electricity more efficiently or by using things.

Nowadays, when consuming less, consumers are aware of many more things, including the advantage of saving .

Consumption less has become a concept for buying less stuff, living simpler, making things yourself , repairing or reusing things , purchasing more sustainably , being more economical and even relaxing and de-stressing by consuming less.

It makes people happier , you don't have to abstain from anything, but by consuming less you have time for other things and you experience less (choice) stress. Life is suddenly a lot easier and you become aware of what is important to you in life. Often this is about the little things as you have read in this blog.

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