My goal for The Greenest Dollar is simple: to give people easy, common-sense ways to save money and go green.
I feel strongly that our society is coming to an important tipping point; we’re starting to realize that shopping and spending money doesn’t really make us happy. We’re beginning to see the effects of our consumerism on the environment. And more and more people want to learn how to change their lifestyle to reflect this shift from “shopping” to “saving”.
Who Am I?
After the initial wave of “first-home bliss” wore off (which took about 2-3 months), I got my first mortgage statement in the mail. That’s when I realized that the majority of what I was paying each month on my mortgage was going to the bank, as pure profit for them in the form of interest payments.
Yes, everyone had fully explained this to me before I bought my house. But it didn’t really sink in until I actually saw it on paper.
Since that fateful day, I’ve come to the realization that I don’t ever want to have a mortgage again. After some tough decisions, my husband and I have decided to put our house on the market so that we can pursue our dream of living 100% debt free. Our goal right now is to build a small, off-grid home using recycled shipping containers.
A Blog Is Born…
Because our goal is to save as much money as possible (so we don’t have to finance our off-grid home) I started researching and learning more about personal finance. All I wanted were simple, easy ways to save money and go green.
As time passed I realized that I was starting to acquire knowledge that could really help other people in the same boat. I’d been regularly reading several other great blogs online, and got the idea that I should start my own. Personal finance and going green were my two passions, so it naturally followed that I should write about one of those topics.
But, which one? I thought about it for weeks, trying to figure out which one I wanted to write about more. Which was I most passionate about? How could I help people the most?
Finally, however, it hit me: I could do both.
Why? Because saving money and saving the environment are not mutually exclusive. When you save money by curbing spending, you’re saving the environment by consuming fewer resources. When you save the environment by recycling and reducing energy costs, you’re also saving money.
It was a EUREKA! moment that I’ll never forget.
Like everyone else in this world, I have goals, and mine tie in closely with the topics covered in this blog.
My main goal right now is to save enough money so that when we begin construction on our off-grid home, we can pay for it with cash.
So far, we’re well on our way. Our current home is for sale, and as soon as we find our buyer we’ll begin Stage 2 of our Master Plan (Stage 2 involves buying acres of land in a wind-friendly area, yet to be determined).
I sincerely hope that you find the articles I’ve published in The Greenest Dollar help you save money and go green in your own life. It’s been my mission from the get-go to only publish information that’s truly useful to people.
I am not a financial advisor or investment guru. Yes, I’ve researched the articles on The Greenest Dollar, and made every effort to use good information taken from reliable sources. But none of the information on this site should be looked at as professional advice.
Please make your own decisions when it comes to your finances. If you need professional advice, then consult a professional financial planner.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for reading this blog.