Frugality and taking care of the environment can go together well. If you buy less stuff, or buy more stuff used, it is helping the environment, while also being the frugal option as well. Replacing meat with lentils or chickpeas is also better for the environment and your wallet. The same goes for using less energy and water.
However, there are also instances where frugality and being an environmentally conscious consumer do not go as well. For example, we’re trying to use less plastic and the cheaper knäckebröd we normally eat has a lot of plastic. We’ve found an alternative, but it’s more expensive. Buying organic milk, eggs and meat is also more expensive. Our supermarket also sells cleaning supplies that use recycled plastics, but they are more expensive.
We spend around €400 on groceries for two people and I’m even embarrassed to write it down. However, I value eating some stuff organic and we eat a lot of fruit and vegetables which also cost more than cheaper stuff. On the other hand we can afford it to make these choices, and I feel like because of this reason, we should decide to maybe spend a bit more and delay financial independence by a few years but trying to do well by the environment in the meantime. I do struggle with this and where I draw the line. How do you balance being frugal but also environmentally friendly if it costs more to do so?