By: Judie Mackie
Since society is telling me it is not enough to turn off my lights when I leave the room, but now I also have to replace them with those spiral shaped bulbs whenever one burns out, I’ll play along. It seems all of the water cooler talk is about tightening our belts and trying to go green at the same time. How did saving money get attached to a feeling of guilt?
Well, I just stocked up on frozen vegetables and meats that were on sale at the grocery store, but now I am supposed to unplug the extra freezer in the garage. I suppose my next trip to the grocery store will be limited to mass quantities of canned vegetables, dry pastas, SPAM, tuna and Vienna sausages. Our extra refrigerator will likely never be unplugged as it holds all of the cold beverages (beer) we could ever need. But, really, how long will that sparkling cider from last Christmas last anyway?
My husband read about how to make his own environmentally friendly spray bottle of a product that safely cleans every surface in our home. Why they suggested he add a few drops of food coloring is beyond me, because food coloring stains. I wasted more than our share of water and phosphorus loaded soaps just to get the blue stains off of my white counter tops.
We have always grown a small garden of vegetables to share with our neighbors during the summer months, so we are one step ahead of the game there, as soon as I learn to compost my own fertilizer instead of adding more to our water runoff. Oh, and while I am confessing my environmentally friendly sins, will I really go to Hell because I forgot to turn off the sprinkler to the garden and let it run all night long?
Our charity has expanded beyond normal tithing this week as we just learned to save money and energy by making several meals at a time. Now, we have to give it all away to our family, friends, and neighbors because we no longer have the extra freezer to store them in.
So, is it wiser to save money or save the environment? I suppose I should be permitted a rather generous learning curve as I learn to perfect them both.