Family Matters Investing1.5 min readApril 22, 2023

Four ways that protecting our planet and finances go hand-in-hand

Earth Day is both a celebration of our planet and a reminder to take care of it. On April 22nd, people from around the world will come together to appreciate the beauty of our planet, our home.

Have you ever considered by taking care of the Earth, just like when we take care of our homes, in the long- run, we can save money? By committing to make a few small changes that are good for the environment, we can potentially put more money into our own pockets.

Here’s how:

  1. Reduce, reuse, and recycle. Doing this can help to reduce waste and save you money. Investing in reusable items such as water bottles, shopping bags, and coffee mugs can help to reduce waste. Look for ways to reduce your consumption of single-use items and find ways to reuse and recycle items that can’t be reused. Reduce food waste by meal planning, learning more about food best before dates and alternative ways to keep food fresh longer.
  2. Invest in energy-efficient appliances. Investing in energy-efficient appliances can help to reduce your energy consumption and save you money on your energy bills. Look for appliances with the Energy Star label, which indicates that they are more energy-efficient than standard models.
  3. Choose green transportation. Transportation such as walking, biking, busing or electric cars can help to reduce your carbon footprint and save you money on fuel costs.
  4. Shop locally. This can help to reduce emissions from transportation as well as support your local economy.


Taking care of the planet and our finances go hand in hand. By following these tips, you can help to protect the environment and save money at the same time. Happy Earth Day everyone!


~Ainsley Cunningham
Founder and Project Coordinator, MoneySmart Manitoba
Manager, Education & Communications, Manitoba Financial Services Agency

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