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How to Save Green on Your Grocery Budget

Sometimes when I talk about ‘going green’ I’m met with an eye-roll and a shrug, but the truth is whether you live tiny or not, there are ‘eco-tweaks’ that you can make that will save you money and benefit your well-being, especially when it comes to your grocery shopping. If you like the idea of having more cash in your wallet, read on.

Buy In Bulk: If what you’re picturing is a whole pantry full of paper towels that’s not what I am talking about. I am referring to the bulk aisles that you find in most local health food stores or markets. This can be spices, beans, seeds, nuts, coffee, grains, baking products, etc. Just take an empty glass jar with you and get as much as you’d like. By buying this way, you’re saving money (often these items are 15-30% off when they aren’t pre-packaged), saving the earth from unnecessary packaging, and saving on waste because you are controlling exactly how much you buy. Win, Win, Win.

Drink More: but only from your own reusable bottles. I personally prefer stainless steel. It keeps hot liquids hot and cold liquids cold, plus it’s dishwasher safe which makes me very happy. Plastic water bottles and disposable coffee cups take up a huge amount of space in our landfills. We can do better than that. There’s a reusable bottle for every personality out there. A bottle of water at the airport is $5. Bringing your own bottle and filling it up at the water fountain is free. And if you need more incentive in the morning, there are many companies that offer discounts on your coffee if you bring your own bottle (hello Starbucks, Dunkin and Peet’s). If you’re like me and drink A LOT of coffee and water all day long, you could save yourself as much as $1,500. That’s a huge savings, let alone all of the bottles and coffee cups that aren’t going into the landfill.

Shop Local: Depending on where you live, farmer’s markets can be seasonal or year-round. Visit them. Take advantage of them. They aren’t just vegetables; you can find many awesome products there at a fraction of the price. Also, learn from them. The people doing the selling are more than likely the ones that are also doing the growing. Which means those vendors know exactly what they used when growing the food you are about to ingest. Bonus: you can save lots on organics. And even if a product isn’t considered organic, ask. You may learn that they use sustainable practices, but haven’t pursued the certifications yet. Take your own reusable bags & totes and leave knowing that you just saved some cash and unnecessary packaging waste.

Shop Smart & Prep Right: Buy only what you can eat before it goes bad. I am often guilty of having eyes bigger than my stomach, but the truth is that food waste is a huge problem. Americans throw out an average of 40% of their food each year, mostly due to poor planning. Take a list with you. Plan out your week. If you aren’t going to have an opportunity to eat it, don’t buy it. Things will come up, it’s inevitable. An unexpected brunch invite from a friend or a late night at the office could mean ordering in. When that happens, the prep is key. Take 30-minutes when you get home from the farmer’s market to wash, chop and prep everything. This way it’s ready-to-go when the hunger strikes or easy to toss in the freezer for later.

Skip The Brown Bag: But take the lunch. Packing your lunch everyday can sound old-school, but the truth is, it will save you a ton of money, it’s usually healthier and it’s better for the environment. You are in control of what’s on your plate, instead of being at the mercy of whatever restaurant you can get a meal from on your quick lunch break. Plus, when you take your own reusable containers (hello Pyrex and stainless steel bentos) you aren’t dealing with the mess of your food being wrapped in trash. You can save yourself $200 a month just by packing your own lunch.

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Countryside Exterior Progress Photo

Countryside Progress #2

Check out the building progress photos from our newest tiny house model, the Countryside! This phase included beginning the installation of the composite roofing, and framing of the windows and doors.  Stay tuned to see what’s next!


Countryside Building Progress Photos - Exterior with Composite Roofing Added

Exterior Progress Photo with Composite Roofing Added


Countryside Interior Progress Photo

Interior Progress Photo

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Shonsie Progress #4

How about a double dose of Shonsie? The Shonsie will now be available in two different color options. What color do you like best?DSC_0046 (3)
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Shonsie Progress #2

The Shonsie’s interior layout is similar to our Roving model. However, the Shonsie features lighter interior tones, exposed rafters, a glass sliding door and an enclosed porch area.

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Degsy Progress #7

Our Degsy model features large amounts of natural light thanks to the oversized Ply Gem windows throughout the space.

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Shonsie Progress #1

Welcome to the Shonsie! Follow along with us as we post pictures of the building process. We can’t wait to reveal the final product to you!

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Degsy Progress #6

We are wrapped and ready to go! Now that the exterior wall sheathing has been secured, we have added housewrap for the underlayment of the siding….. In addition to the wrap, ice and water shield is placed for a layer of protection before the roof is installed. We make sure to take these necessary steps to ensure your tiny house is protected from all weather elements!

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Degsy Progress #5

Framing is going up by our team in the 84 Lumber Custom Millwork Shop!

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Degsy Progress #3

After the metal sheathing is applied to the trailer, we frame the floor and use 3.5″ fiberglass insulation to keep cold air from coming up through the floor.

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Degsy Progress #2

Our first step is to apply 1/8″ aluminum sheathing directly onto the trailer which keeps anything from getting up under your Tiny House and is the start of the floor system!

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