Tips to Live Zero-Waste Frugally – EP 210

You will be very unpleasantly surprised to know how much waste we put out each day. Zero-waste lifestyle goes beyond reusable shopping bags, shampoo bars, eco-toilet papers, and glass jars. In fact, going for the zero-waste lifestyle seems very intimidating at first and does have some start-up costs. If you are looking to reduce your carbon footprint, this episode is perfect for you.

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Some things are created to not be able to be fixed— they're just created cheaply.


  • Mexico! When this episode releases, I will be in Mexico, hopefully sitting by a pool with a drink in my hand. Am I going with my family? No! Am I going with my husband? No! Am I going with Jill? I wish! But No! It’s going to be me, my other lady friends, and some other personal finance nerds, being nerds but with alcohol. And you know why I am able to be in Mexico right now? I saved for it! You too can save for a trip to Mexico without your family by starting a sinking fund in a high-yield savings account. We like Axos for its .61% APY and no fees! You can open a sinking fund at and every account opened supports the show at no cost to you.

The 5 R’s of Waste Management and Zero Waste Living

While you might be a world away from squeezing all your waste into one single mason jar, you can still have the goal of leading as sustainable a life as is possible for you by adopting the 5 R’s of zero waste living. Here’s how you can do it, according to Unsustainable Magazine.

What Jen + Jill have to say:

Jen and Jill talk about the 5 R’s. First, Refuse. Say no to what you don’t need. Second, Reduce. Letting go of things that are no longer of use and donating or selling. It also means only focusing on necessary purchases. Third, Reuse that is switching disposable items for reusable and permanent alternatives. Next is Recycle. We’ve been made to believe that recycling is the go-to solution for waste reduction. In fact, it’s number four in the list behind refuse, reduce, and reuse.
Lastly, Rot. Compost your own household waste or take part in a composting program for organic waste.

7 Easy Frugal Tips That Are Sustainable & Reduce Waste

There are some easy frugal tips that can save you money and are sustainable tips as well. This article from Rainbow Vegans Rock listed 7 sustainable tips for living frugally.

What Jen + Jill have to say:

Jen discusses four tips: bulk buying, food shopping that avoids food waste, and engaging in free activities.

Jill talks about buying secondhand items, mending things, mindful purchases, and reusing containers.

Our compromise items (not zero waste but still eco-friendly)

Specific hair care products for Jen and toilet paper for Jill (she can’t give that up!)

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