home life, money, natural living, working

Questions

I’ve been interested in zero waste, minimalism, and more along those lines since 2010. I’ve been interested in recycling and reusing since childhood, when I made dollhouse furniture out of toothpaste tube lids and toilet paper rolls. I have a long history in this category, but I still have a lot of questions.

Sometimes I don’t realize I have a question until I read something written by someone else. The bloggers I listed in my Inspiration post are especially good at this – they have different experiences within the field, so I will read something and want to know more because of what they’ve said, even if it is a topic I never thought about on my own.

Sometimes I have questions because of how I’m changing my own life. I’m working from home and now my son attends a preschool just a few minutes away. How much money am I saving versus how much I was earning and spending before? How much gas am I saving? How much less pollution am I producing? Does it make a difference that taking him is more stop and go on side streets instead of speeding down the highway?

How much money am I saving buying everything online? How much pollution am I creating by having things delivered to my door instead of driving to get them myself?

What toothbrush is best for my teeth? What toothbrush is best for the environment? What kind of packaging does this product come in? Is the product worth it to me, or would I rather buy a different brand that uses recyclable materials?

What will grow in my garden? Is it worth the time and work put into a garden for what we reap from it? Will I grow more produce if I plant it over there? Or there?

What do I need versus what do I want? What will make me happy versus what will be the best for everyone, for the Earth, for the environment? What am I supposed to do with my life?

You know, just your typical, everyday questions.

money, shopping

Online Shopping

I will admit it – I am addicted to online shopping.

I know this space is all about saving money and not having things, so that’s a weird thing to admit. Except I don’t mean that I overspend or indulge when I shop online. I am just addicted to the convenience.

I use Amazon Subscribe and Save for almost all of my household goods. I get toothpaste, shampoo, and conditioner delivered every few months. I get toilet paper delivered every month. I get bags of coffee beans and cleaning supplies. Subscribing means I get a small discount on each purchase, which probably makes it a good deal, but I’m sold on the fact that it comes to my door on (or around) the same date each month, and I don’t have to think about it. To me, it’s like having your bills set on autopay – you know it’s going to get done, so you can put it out of your mind.

Every so often I get online and look at my subscriptions to change the frequency or get rid of one altogether. I only get what we need, and it’s easier for me than getting it all from a store – and probably a bit cheaper, especially with Prime shipping.

I need to research the shipping aspect, though. How much am I damaging the environment by having a big box of supplies shipped to me via plane or truck every month? Is it better than driving my car to the store every month, and possibly driving back for what I forgot? I’m not sure, but right now, with everything on my mind, it’s worth knowing these necessities are taken care of without any effort. I still go to the grocery store every two weeks for our food, and can pick up anything extra there, but it’s less of a hassle.

Do you do Subscribe and Save, or order most of your stuff online? Do you think you spend more or save more this way?