Saving to Spend

I’ve often written about being frugal and cutting costs with all sorts of things.  So much so that I think people don’t often get to see the other side of what I’m doing.  Choosing to spend more in other areas.  So here is a few ways I’m not saving money.

  1. Green cleaners.  My wife and I are devoted to the idea that lets not dump more chemicals than I need into the drain.  So we’ve been trying out a few different green cleaners to see what works well.
  2. Recycled paper towel.  I’m a sucker for reusing materials.  I don’t use a lot of paper towel to begin with (hello a rag works great for most things) but when I do I buy the recycled paper type.  Yes it costs more I don’t care.
  3. CSA share.  I recently managed to by shear dumb luck get signed up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program part way into a season.  Usually the deal is pay in advance for the entire season and then you get fresh veggies weekly from late May until the end of Oct.  I lucked out that some of the original sign up people backed out so the farmer had enough extra product he figured he could squeeze me in for the rest of the season.  You also take the risk that the veggies don’t get killed off in a storm since you have paid in advance.  Cost for mine is $10/week and I get some choice depending what is available during the season.  Fresh local veggies. Mmm.  Yes it costs a bit more than the store but I know my food only travel about a hour from the farm to my table rather the the usual average 15+ hours of travel time.
  4. Low VOC and Solvent Paint.  When my wife was just pregnant with our last son she had a very sensitive nose so we tried out a low VOC solvent paint.  I LOVED IT!  Honestly I’m never going back to the old style of paint again.  It looks great and nearly no paint smell in the house.  It costs a bit more but it is so worth it!

So where do you spend your money?

6 thoughts on “Saving to Spend”

  1. Tim, it’s great to see that you are “green”. That’s something that i’d like to learn more about, how to be environmentally friendly.

    I would say that the one thing that I do not skimp on is groceries. Health and nutrition is among the top of my priority list, so cost is secondary.

  2. You might try experimenting with making your own green cleaners – vinegar and baking soda work wonders. Frugal and great for the environment 🙂

  3. You should try Green Works from Clorox. Not just because I own shares in CLX but also because we bought the all purpose & glass cleaner as well as the toilet cleaner and they both work well and are less offensive than the comparable synthetic.

  4. I’m with MDJ, we buy a lot of fresh fruit and veggies and these tend to cost a bit more. We don’t buy much in the grocery store that isn’t on the outside perimeter. Entire aisles are avoided.

    We’ve switched to using vinegar and baking soda for cleaning about a year ago and we’ll never go back. Vinegar is so cheap! Get a spray bottle, fill it with a vinegar/water mix, sprinkle the baking soda on the area to clean, spray with your solution and wipe!

    The biggest ticket expenditure we make is our daughter’s daycare. It’s quite expensive, but it’s more like a preschool than a daycare and worth every penny.

  5. I’ve been able to find fairly inexpensive eco-friendly cleaners and paper products but I admit it takes a bit of work. My favourite dish detergent is Ecover about $3.50 but you use much less than petroleum based products. Simply Green puts out a fabulous bathroom cleaner although I probably paid about $10 for it. PC Green has an inexpensive toilet bowl cleaner (Superstore) and Method has a nice surface spray which is always on sale for around $2.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart or Safeways.

    Happy shopping!

  6. FT,

    Actually it isn’t all that hard to do and not too pricey for some things. Give it a try.


    We are already using that a lot around the house. It works great on just about anything.


    HA! That’s funny we just bought a bottle to try out to replace our glass cleaner. Good to know someone likes it.


    Thanks for the ideas. I use the PC Green for toilet bowl as well. Works great.


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