The following is a guest post from Beating Broke, a frugaler at heart, as part of the Yakezie blog swap #10. This swaps’ topic du jour is “The Best Go Green Method to Save Money”. You can see my first-ever guest post as part of the blog swap over at Beating Broke today!
If I’m going to whole-heartedly jump on board with a green movement or alternative method of doing something, it’s gotta be frugal. I’m not going to spend a whole bunch of money above what I usually would just to save a few carbon credits. Composting toilets? Not a chance. I’ve got to pay that sewer bill anyways, so I’ll keep my fancy schmancy flushing toilet.
No, one of the biggest green money savers, for a frugaler like me, is the good ol’ two-wheeler. A bike. There are probably far better ways to go green, but few will save you money like a bike. How, you ask? Let’s start with the simplest, and most obvious, way. If you’re riding your bike everywhere, you’re likely not driving your car everywhere. You’ll instantly save a ton of money on gas. Tack on a few saved oil changes and other maintenance costs to the car, and you’ll probably pay for the bike in a few months!
It doesn’t end there though. You’ll increase your health, saving hundreds, even thousands, in health care costs. You’ll lose weight, and eat less, saving money on food. Then, there’s the green benefits! You won’t be putting as many of those nasty carbon emissions up into the air. Less oil changes, tire changes, and other maintenance mean a lessened impact on the environment.
Try and get any of those benefits from your composting toilet!
Even if you don’t ride your bike everywhere, riding it for enjoyment and as a recreation can still be good for your health and your pocketbook. If you really want to get full impact out of your bike, put a baseball card in the spokes and it’ll sound like a motorcycle! Now you feel like a kid again too! The benefits are endless!