You don't need anyone to tell you that the holidays are a costly time of year. It turns out they're costly in more ways than one. If you're enjoying the holidays with some shopping and gift wrapping and perhaps a fresh Christmas tree, you’re also be contributing to the 25 percent increase in waste production this country experiences from Thanksgiving to New Year's (Use-Less-Stuff.com). That represents approximately 25 tons of extra waste. If plan to do lots of shopping and spending this year, you’ll probably need some tips on how to save money and the environment! Below are five ways you can save some green by going green this holiday season.
Save your newspaper and weekly mailings. Using your newspaper as gift wrap is one of the many ways to reuse the paper in your newspaper. You won’t have to purchase any additional wrapping paper, and you’re recycling.
Use reusable bags when shopping. You can only imagine how many shopping bags and pieces of tissue paper end up in landfills and rivers every year. Some areas have even developed laws that require stores to charge you for paper or plastic bags, and some stores give you a small refund if you use reusable bags. This year, choose to reuse when it comes to shopping bags to save money and the environment.
Send e-cards. In addition to shopping bags, greeting cards also contribute a lot to landfills during the holidays. Online services allow you to save money on postage and reduce paper waste at the same time.
Unplug your holiday lights during the day. Unplugging your lights can decrease your electric bill and energy usage. Plus, you’ll increase the life of your light bulbs so you will have to buy lights less frequently, contributing less waste and more to your wallet.
And last, but definitely not least- Regift! Regifting is a great way to save money and the environment during the holidays. Just make sure you use proper regifting etiquette.
Do you have more ideas on how to save during the holidays? Please share in the comments section.
This is an updated version of an article that was originally posted in December 2010.