The 50% rule—use items 50% more of the time or use 50% less of the product. If you cannot manage 50% then try to use 25% less
- Use less shampoo and conditioner (or make your own). Manufacturers often call for a quarter sized amount. Many people use way more than they need.
- Wear your clothes more than once if not soiled. Jeans, sweaters, sweatshirts, etc do really well with multiple uses.
- If you are not up for drying clothes on a line, try to dry as many as you can indoors by hanging them. Delicate clothing items such as lingerie prefer to be air dried.
- Stretch your meat so that one pound of meat makes at least two meals. Use whole grains and vegetables to stretch the meat into a full meal. Or, eat less meat per week.
- When eating out split a meal with someone else. If eating out alone, save half of your meal for tomorrow’s lunch.
- Change the font size and page layout to get more into one sheet of paper. Use scrap paper for notes or let your child draw on the other side of the page.
- Save butter wrappers in the freezer when you need to grease a pan or dish.
- Save meat and poultry bones to make broths and stocks.