02 Dec '11, 12am

Living cheap is the new green And here's how it works.

Living cheap is the new green And here's how it works.

. Food and shelter probably represent the lion's share of your budget and use of resources. They are also your most essential expenditures. Start with a basic question: are you in too much home? There's a direct relationship between your environmental footprint, monthly budget and the square footage of your living space. The point is probably moot for homeowners struggling to make a mortgage with property values in the tank. But if you happen to be renting , could you do with less? Take a hard look at the money you spend on food. Like most people, you're probably too dependent on eating out and convenient prepared foods from the grocery. Relearning the gentle art of meal planning and cooking at home is the fast track to saving money and healthier nutrition.

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