There are many ways to downshift a bit without it hurting.
Living well on less can also be part of a greener lifestyle. This section ofGreenfootsteps is all about ways to simplify life and to live more cheaply - and greenly - but not more poorly!
It is certainly possible to become thrifty but it does take practice. Below are pages about energy saving, finding inexpensive organic food, cheap healthy recipes and other cost cutting ideas.Click here to go straight to the articles.
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Most of this website is devoted to frugal living and thrifty ideas (as well as some cost-effective purchases) but this section focuses on these issues. After all most of us spend seven or eight hours a day chasing after our financial security - and perhaps a good few more hours spending what we have earned.
There is also a page of book reviews to give you more fuel for thought.
Have you noticed how every year the world seems to get faster?
Everyone is scurrying around playing catch-up. Catch-up with the shopping, catch-up with the news, catch-up with the kids, work, the neighbours... Meanwhile, we seem to spend more and more hours stuck in traffic.
And everyone is having to achieve ever more too.
At work there are more targets, more deadlines, more initiatives, more standards to implement. The competitive edge has to be maintained, the newest technology has to be assimilated...
Very often it seems like we work really hard to stand still and the harder we work the harder it is to keep up. It seems to be difficult to down shift to a cheaper, less stressful lifestyle. There are bills to pay, cars to maintain, must-have gadgets to buy - and holidays to take to get away from all the stress.
Cars and many consumer durables are expensive, to buy and to run. Weddings can cost an absolute fortune and some families practically bankrupt themselves to put on a good show. Running a home is a constant financial burden. And as for the kids - they get more expensive with every passing year!
But there are strategies for sanity and financial security, from saving money on cooking and laundry to growing some of your own food; there are also lots of modern ways to share resources - sharing and co-operating to lower costs and work loads.
This part of the site is for strategies, possibilities, methods and suggestions for slowing things down a little and making living a little cheaper - frugal living, if you like.
Perhaps we can gain a little more time - for living, sleeping, eating, enjoying, being with friends or family and contemplating - all the important things in life!
So here I have brought together some strategies and tips for anyone who really wants to work a little less hard and so have more time and energy for enjoying life. I hope that the other pages on this site will be helping towards living well on less, too. After all, green living is often about living in a way that is less stressful for people as well as the planet. Sometimes this might mean frugal living - but not always. There are plenty of ways to live well on less without feeling that you are being unduly penny-pinching.
In this section I want to focus on ways to keep down costs and so help you jump off the merry-go-round more often for a breather!
Most of these articles relate to thrifty living but also there are also articles with commonsense ways to keep the bills down while not compromising your lifestyle.Here are the articles.
See also both the sections on Energy and on Homes for more articles on insulation, carbon reduction and ways to invest in your home that will save money in the long run. Most other sections of this site also contain articles which relate to frugal living and living well on less overall consumption of consumer goods and services.
Greener Technology - an example of how to cut your tech gadget use.
Moving To a New house - Some Green Moving House Tips Reduce stress and cut the carbon cost of your house move.
Here are some ways to source and prepare the best foods without feeling that you are going overboard on frugal living.
Cheap Healthy Recipes Page - some quick ideas for simple, inexpensive but healthy recipes.
Organic Foods for Less how to find cheap sources of organic food.
(Also see many of the articles in the gardening sections on how to grow your own organic foods.)
Edible Weeds Provide a Free Garden Bonus Quite a few edible weeds are actually rather tasty and useful.
More Edible Wild Plants - including some you may not want in your garden
Battery Farming v Happy Hens Some reasons why it is worth avoiding battery farming and instead seeking out free-range and woodland eggs.
See also the Recipe Book section for more ideas.
Bicycle Book Review Page - books on cycling and greener transport options
Online Book Reviews of books about green living topics.
You can also read about how I've downshifted (very much work in progress...) - look for "About Me" on the Nav bar.
Here are frugal living ideas for festivals, weddings, special events and, of course, Christmas!
This section on living well on less and frugal living is just a small part of the site. Please explore more ideas for keeping down costs and living a greener, healthier and more eco-friendly lifestyle in other sections of the site. You can also add your own tips - see the nav bar.
Check out the Green Links section for lots of brilliant sites that could help, too.
Green living does not have to be grim!
The Art of Living Well on Less for a Greener Life
Copyright Greenfootsteps.com 2007
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Gardening can save useful amounts of money - and I don't think anyone has yet figured out a way to make garden produce taxable!
Living well on less may be possible if you use your back yard to grow edibles.
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