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Forget the fancy coffee cup: going green can actually save you money

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As going green has become fashionable, scores of trendy accessories have flooded the market.

From perfectly co-ordinated cloth grocery bags to matching reusable drink bottles and coffee cups, you could be forgiven for thinking that it takes a load of expensive new gear to save the planet.

But can you reduce your environmental footprint and spend less?

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These Money readers say saving money and the planet go hand in hand.

Firstly, grocery shopping and all things food:

1. Loose fruit and veggies are always cheaper than the packaged or processed variety. Better for your wallet, waistline and the planet! - Martin

2. Investing in reusable silicone food covers and beeswax wraps paid for itself in less than a year, saving on cling wrap and foil! Win! - Ilona

3. Have a worm farm for gardening. No need to purchase commercial fertiliser, no plastic bottles and chemical free. - Rita

4. Reduce food waste by using a shopping list and meal prepping! - Felicity

5. Shop at local markets for fresh food, you'll be saving food miles, plastic packaging and supporting local producer. - Jacky

6. We've bought a SodaStream and make our own home-made soda drinks using tank water instead of buying soda water in plastic bottles from the supermarket! - Allison

Then there are those small changes you can make around the house:

7. Turn off electronics at the wall. - Jolene

8. I try to save water and turn off the lights, I wear layers of clothing on cold Tassie nights. - Rhyll

9. I use a dish cloth made from recycled materials and wash it weekly in the dishwasher. Previously I was buying a new foam cloth weekly. - Lisa

Roma and Adrienne both recommend swap parties in their poetic answers.

10. Swap parties with friends; never a bore, clothes, toys, home-grown produce; so much more, creating connections, community and having fun, protecting environment, saving a tonne! - Roma

11. Recycling and swapping clothing is fun, cheap and cheerful for everyone, saves the planet and cash too, easy and fun to do. - Adrienne

Meanwhile, Michelle is too busy saving the planet to be shy.

12. In the warmer months shower outside on the grass - saves water by having it perform two functions! - Michelle

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