10/28/08

Downsizing

An article in the Globe & Mail online today outlines how people are forgoing luxuries like lunches and lattes to put money back in their wallets. I’m sure the article was meant to highlight the ways in which people are saving money in all aspects of their life, but all that I could think about was how people are actually being a bit more “green” and helping themselves cut out a few extra calories each day. From brewing your own coffee to making your own sandwich, it helps us exercise portion control and can put whole foods back in our diets where greasy food court food may have existed before AND eliminating those coffee cups and takeout boxes. So, does the economic downturn have you going brown bag? Do people even use brown bags still? :P What changes have you made so far?

9 comments:

Vanessa said...

I am very much into downsizing right now. In fact, I even created a new blog to track my progress! Check it out :)

last-nights-leftovers.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

I've always brown-bagged (well actually I 'mini-cooler'). For one it totally saves money, and secondly I am completely aware of what I'm eating at lunch time - no hidden oils, fats, sugar etc. And no temptation to eat a bigger portion than I know I should!

The big change in our house has been that we now carpool. It has pros and cons... but overall we save a lot of money in gas!

JavaChick said...

I have been "brown bagging" for years - partially because it costs less, but mostly because I eat healthier that way. Though, technically, I have this blue bag that I re-use, so maybe I'm blue bagging? Anyhoo....

Laura said...

I use an insulated lunchbox but the principle is the same. I'm cheap and I don't like to spend my money on take out food and throw away containers. Also, I know what I'm eating so I can exercise portion control. When my lunchbox is empty, there's nothing left to eat. Now if I can figure out a way to find some of that control when I'm at home in the evenings and on weekends ...

Diet Coke and Zingers said...

Eating more Halloween candy instead of expensive baked goods. I'm all about conservation.

Shirls said...

I'm totalling thinking of ways to cut back, things I don't really need and can easily get along without, actually it clearly reminds me of a bad, 80's styled video shown to us in consumer ed class in highschool; the part that comes to to mind is how "Cindy" wants the red apples but how the green apples are so much cheaper and how she NEEDS apples but she WANTS the red, and how the green are just as good and cost saving.. how crazy is that to remember?

Heather said...

I have always been a brown bagger b/c I've never had the luxery of having the choice since I've been poor forever it seems...lol

But I do enjoy the heakth benefits of packing my own lunch and it gives me the excuse to eat all the healthy stuff I buy b/c I can't afford for it to go bad and waste the money...lol.

Vickie said...

I heard a NPR report on universities gettting rid of their lunch trays.
Two reasons -
1. all the water they used washing trays each day
2. so that kids only take as much food as they can carry (to stop all the food that was being pitched, uneaten off trays each day)

Here's the link:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=94394570

I eat from home nearly 100% of the time. Interestingly - most of the thin, fit people in my yoga and pilates classes eat from home nearly all the time too. The attitude is NOT I wish I could eat out - the attitude is more turning up their noses at the thought of eating restaurant food.

marie said...

BAHAHHA @zingers.

I think it's awesome that our attempts to be MORE HEALTH CONSCIOUS actually make us more green.

:)

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