Tips to save money and reduce waste

I have always been an avid recycler but now I want to up my game! I recently came across the amazing Lauren Singer who is a young girl who lives a zero waste lifestyle which fascinates me. Her blog is called ‘Trash is for Tossers’ and if you want to find out more about her you can find it here .

Lauren Singer

So now I want to set myself a 30 day challenge! I know it can’t be done overnight so I’m going to firstly introduce 6 lifestyle changes/ choices which I can build slowly into my own life. The 6 aspects I want to change firstly are:

1. No more plastic or paper bags!!!

I bought this reusable bag in Penny’s for just €2 which I am going to carry everywhere with me. As food shopping is always last minute for (usually on the way home from work or the gym) there won’t be a time that ‘I forgot the bags’ which I’m sure we are all guilty of. In future you can refuse the plastic/paper bags (which costs 22c and therefore will save you money overtime) and also the receipts (if you don’t need it of course).

Reusable Bag

2. Eliminate Plastic Bottles

I went to Ikea and picked up various mason jars that I can use for water and storing my lunch in rather than the convenient plastic bottles and lunch lunchboxes. They were all under €3 and will last unlike the disposable plastic ones.

Mason Jars

3. No Shopping!

I will admit I am also guilty of wandering into Pennys probably once a week and picking up ‘a few bits’ (that I don’t need & more than likely only ware once or twice). Another problem I have (like most girls these days) is wearing clothes once and then saying ‘I have nothing to ware’! I am aiming to not shop this month and start to love my bulging wardrobe. Another great way of recycling your clothes is on the site Depop where you can buy, sell and swap your old clothes with people who will give them a new home rather than ending up in the waste! Why not set up your own Depop account and follow me by searching the username ‘malibustac‘.

I want to eventually bring the concept of Depop to life where girls who have the same interest in up cycling and vintage clothing have the chance to meet and see the clothes for themselves before purchasing. If this is something you would be interested in pop me a mail 😉

4. No Wining & Dining Out

This has many benefits including saving you a fortune, reducing your waistline and also reducing your waste! So this will make you look better for the summer but also help you save for it! Win/win situation 🙂 Fast food chains and coffee shops produce a high percentage of the overall waste production. By taking a stainless steel bottle with you for your morning coffee you can make a difference.

5. Making My Own Products

So firstly I am going to switch from using disposable cotton pads and wipes to using the No 7 cleansing wash and a reusable face cloth. Secondly I want to try Lauren Singers natural, homemade toothpaste which consists of only baking soda, organic coconut oil, and organic essential oils (Peppermint, cinnamon etc. depending on personal taste). You can watch Laurens You Tube video on how to make it here.

Lauren Singer Toothpaste       OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

6.Grow My Own

I have always wanted to grow my own herbs so now this gives me the perfect opportunity to get started! I bought some seeds in Ikea for only €2 a pack and a tray is from Tiger which cost just 3e. I picked up parsley, Thyme, basil, peppermint, oregano and coriander to start with. A few weeks ago I was inspired when I went to a friends house and her partner had made a mini green house from recycled materials! I think I have a long way to go 🙂



I am excited to get started! Let me know if you too want to save money and do your part to protect the planet 🙂 The 6 changes I am about to make are actually quite simple and can be easily incorporated into your daily life. Why not take the challenge yourself and keep me posted on your journey! Follow me on Instagram @themindfulguide for more tips and my progress on the 30 day challenge.

A start to a more mindful journey, Stacey X

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