| Read Your Money or Your
Life, by Joe Dominguez. This has helped me change my attitude
toward what’s affordable and what isn’t. You have to
decide for yourself just where you’re going to draw the line,
and when you’re going to say never again to sustaining an
unsustainable lifestyle. Look at what things are going to cost you
over the long term. Living sustainably, could mean you’ll
live longer. That in turn will cost you more in the long run. ...
Oops! we’re supposed to be saving money here.
Buy in Bulk. This costs more up front, but saves money in the long run. Buying in bulk also saves on packaging material. Speaking of which, it’s still a mystery to me why Post-It Notes are double sealed. Perhaps it’s like those medicines which are double sealed for our protection.
Get a commuter car. Sure you could try to help the environment by buying a $1000 car, thus keeping it out of a landfill. But pretty soon you’ll end up sinking another $1000 into it for repairs, and just like the song, "Now you’ve got a $2000, $1000 car." Which automatic/non-deisel car costs the least for the most mileage? Toyota Echo. That is unless you go electric.
Note: The Echo is no longer available, you’d have to search for a used one. The Yaris is supposed to get as good gas mileage. The EPA has lowered the estimated mileage of the Echo from 41 to 36 mpg. I get 43. The Chevy Aveo and the Kia Rio are Rebranded Toyota Echos.
Hypermiling will extend your milage.