Conservation & Frugality

by Ryan Guina

The other day I was chatting with my friend David, who writes two blogs – My Two Dollars and The Good Human. Many of you are probably familiar with My Two Dollars. If you aren’t familiar with The Good Human, it is a blog about the environment.

The main topics David covers on The Good Human are environmental topics such as sustainability, conservation, being “green,” environmental issues that affect your health, and being socially responsible.

At first, some people may think that the environment and money aren’t related. But I think they have more similarities than many people realize.

Conservation and frugality are very closely linked – they’re both about being frugal and maximizing your resources. One of the main topics I write about on Cash Money Life is doing more with less. I am a frugal person by nature: I like to find ways to save money, energy, time, and other resources. And I think many of these principles can be applied to conservation.

Conservation isn’t just for tree-hugging hippies. Conservation is for everyone. Our world has a finite supply of land, raw materials, and fuel, as recent increases in prices of oil, food, and other raw goods have shown. Part of the reason these prices are increasing is our faltering economy and the falling value of the dollar, but much of it is simple supply and demand. There simply aren’t enough resources to easily satisfy everyone’s needs.

Increasing productivity without increasing consumption is a hobby for me, but it is also borne out of necessity. Resources are not only in short supply for me, but they are in short supply for everyone. I know not everyone can live off the grid, use solar power, or drive vegetable oil fueled cars, but there are little things we can all do every day to lessen our environmental and financial footprint.

One of my favorite ways to do this is to apply the Three R’s – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. There are dozens of ways I try to apply these principles at home, many of which may or may not apply to your situation. Think about a few ways you can apply the Three R’s to your daily life. Your changes might not have an immediate life-altering impact, but I guarantee you that over the long run your wallet will thank you, the earth will thank you, and your grandchildren will thank you.

Published or updated December 29, 2011.
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1 Mark D

Right on. I’ve noticed that I have actually been growing more aware of the environment as I put more effort into saving money. They definitely seem to be correlated.

But I think it’s also smart to know whether it is worth the effort to recycle certain items. HowStuffWorks has a great section on recycling and offers some great tips on which things are more worth it to recycle than others… Not something I thought about before reading. Here’s the link:

Thanks for the post.


2 Frugal Dad

David’s Good Human blog is one of my favorite reads. I definitely believe in the connection in being green and being frugal. In fact, if more people were more frugal we wouldn’t have the resource shortages we are now facing.


3 Ryan

Mark D,

Thanks for that link. That is a very interesting article. (I love How Stuff Works; Great site!).


4 Ryan

Frugal Dad,

I agree 100%. We use and waste much more than is necessary. If people were more aware of their consumption, we would all save a lot of money and resources.


5 David Carter

No way, my name is David and I have a personal finance blog and was thinking about starting an environmental blog. Those are pretty much my two passions. I will definitely be checking out this guys blog and that howstuffworks recycling thing. 🙂


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