Here at OVO, we're always on the look out for Eco-Heroes that are doing their bit for the environment - and blogging about it!
Eco Thrifty Living is about one mum's journey to drastically reduce her spending - without compromising on her quality of life or eco-friendly principles! And it’s been a big success - Zoe’s made such significant savings that she’s been able to quit her day job, and start living the good life…
We asked her to share some of her secrets for going green on a budget!
Zoe - you write a blog about cutting your spending, whilst sticking to your eco-friendly principles. Could you tell us a bit about it? What inspired you to write Eco Thrifty Living?
After my second child was born all my priorities changed - I really didn’t want to return to work, but going from two salaries to one was a daunting prospect.
However, I wasn’t prepared to compromise when it came to organic food and eco-friendly products - finding ways to be green on a budget became a real passion of mine and I’ve really enjoyed writing about my discoveries on my blog!
I’ve always had green ideals - but, like a lot of people , while I was working I found it easier to buy into them, rather than really live them! My attitude towards everything has changed dramatically since I started the blog.
The ‘I Quit’ Blog Fiesta is an article I write once a month to celebrate quitting things that are no good from a health, financial or environmental point of view. I invite people to let me know about the things they’ve been quitting, and I also write about my own experiences.
I’m currently in the process of giving up my microwave and chemically refined oils! After that I might try giving up plastic...
It is really hard to choose just one, but I’ve always really liked this one:
There are risks and costs to a programme of action, but they are far less than the long range risks and costs of comfortable inaction - John F Kennedy
I’d like to see myself as a published author, as well as writing a daily blog or two!
Contrary to popular belief, being green can actually cut your costs and even make you money!
Swap your overseas holiday for a staycation or home exchange! We had a staycation a couple of weeks ago and had a great time exploring Sussex. Also a big thing to consider - if you have children and can only take holidays at the most expensive times of year, you could make really huge savings as well as reducing your carbon footprint!
Want more inspiration to live a greener life, and save your pennies in the process? Visit Zoe’s blog for more info, as well as great hints and tips to help you get started today!
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