We are not big consumers. Reduce/reuse/recycle. We grocery shop in quantity and bulk, once every 4 months at Trader Joe's. It's a full day's journey roundtrip but saves us lots of money in the longrun. We only need local produce once a week and only buy what's on sale or savings. We refill gallon water bottles at that time with reverse osmosis machines. Refill shampoo/conditioner from bulk grocery. We use natural & eco products and not 'brand name' or "Big Chemical" items.
We live in a resort town so we go once every 6-8 wks to get house supplies at a box store bcz we're at poverty level income. Trade off for redrock beauty is no decent or lucrative local jobs.
We bring everything that's possible to recycle to the center around the corner weekly. We use cloth bags & reuse the TJ's paper bags until they shred. We use rags and NEVER buy paper towels. Soap/water or vinegar/water for cleaning.
We sew and repair clothes. Hardly ever buy anything new. We are not into fads or trends. We don't buy electronic devices. Same pc since 2000, same cell sice 2001. Same car since 2002. We shop garage sales & Freecycle. We garden.
Our heat is set at 69* and we use sweaters and blankets. Arizona necessitates a/c but we set it at 81* and don't use it till summer, not in spring. We use windows & window blinds throughout the day to regulate temperature well.
We turn off lights and use compact florescents in all lamps/light fixtures. We sit in the dark or use candles alot.
We do bills online so as not to collect paper bills & save stamps. We launder full loads only & in cold only, hang-dry as much as possible.
We do with less and try not to be American consumers unless necessary.
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