I just read a great blog entry at Sound Money Matters called "Is A Frugal Lifestyle Always Environmentally Friendly?". It's a really good look at what we can do that's frugal AND helps the environment.
What I liked more was the examples of frugality that are NOT helpful to the environment. This made me feel better about choosing not to be cheap in some cases.
For example, the CVS Extra Care Bucks craze. Sure, it's great to get stuff really cheap or free, but I don't need to buy disposable razors that will end up in a landfill when I have a rechargeable one. I don't need tons of cosmetics, most of which have such harmful ingredients that I can't believe people even purchase them! (Did you know cosmetics do NOT need FDA approval?)
So as much as the CVS deals are tempting bargains, I opt out most of the time because I don't need them or they'll do more harm to the environment. Besides, not buying is being cheap too :)
More next time about eco-friendly, organic and SAFE cosmetics.
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