Dutch frugalness may be Calvinism, but not wasting is a Jewish value too
There are so many small ways that we can save money and resources all day long. That’s not because we’re afraid to run out of them. Rather, to show our gratefulness for what we have, which can keep us humble!
Take hot water from the solar panel into the kettle. The cold water that comes out of the tap first, you collect in a small bowl in the sink that you empty into a bucket to flush the toilet. Take about the amount of water you need. No heating of water you don’t need. But, if you boiled too much, put it in a thermos. Maybe you can do the dishes with it later.
Take a strip of two sheets, fold it twice, use it, fold away the dirty part to use it again, repeat until it gets too thick or small. Or use a little water. Use toilet paper instead of tissue. You can dry your hand on your clothes. But if you must, use cloth towels. If you must use paper, realize it’s from trees.
Use energy-saving bulbs and other fluorescent tubes except in the bedrooms. There you may switch on the light for a short time so you use regular bulbs. The neo lamps you keep lit 24/7. Switching them on and off takes too much electricity and ruins them. In a staircase, you only switch on all the lights if you can’t see the tip of your nose.
You shower over a bucket. You use the water for the toilet and the garden. Close the tap when you soap. Save the planet, shower with a friend?
You only use the amount of toothpaste the size of a pea. Water you only use to clean your brush and to fill a cup to rinse your mouth with. Get the dripping taps and running toilets to stop. Water is cheap, but a leaking tap can waste 2000 liters of water per month easily for nothing.
Schedule your day. Have something to read with you in case you get stuck waiting. Answer messages you want to reply to the same day. Reset your priorities regularly. Build in time to give away to spread generosity. Take time off to rest and sleep enough. Have as little entertainment as possible. Be an activist instead. Use the news for information, not entertainment. Read the news rather than be spoken to so that you can skip. Don’t multiprocess things that deserve your full attention. Using first-class tools and the fastest Internet save you time and irritation. Ditch that TV.
Words and Relationships
Don’t speak about your emotions to people who don’t care. Don’t lie. Don’t say words in anger you’d regret soon. Share nice words you’d regret soon not having said. Don’t run from feeling bad. Share it with a friend.
Take secondhand furniture, clothes, or stuff that people throw away but still look nice. If you need to buy, don’t buy cheap stuff that will break or rip soon. Don’t buy stuff burglars like to steal just to feel rich.
Have food that’s nutritious, no less than delicious, and needs you to chew. Don’t eat super-refined junk ‘food.’ It makes you hungry, thirsty, and poor. Eat bread so tasty it doesn’t need dressing. Refrain from tasteless, white foods that need onions, scorching, salting, and herbs to give them any taste (animal produce) or only has protein or starch and no fibers. Learn to cook. Don’t clean kitchen stuff you’ll use again for the same meal. Have water. Don’t have stuff to alter your mood, that makes you addicted, and ruins your health. Yawning, crying, and smiling are for free and really change your mood for the better long-term. Have a large freezer for food on sale and to not need to go shopping every day. Let stuff defrost instead of heating it. If you have a garden, learn to build a compost heap. Don’t throw away food. Don’t buy/cook/serve too much. Leftovers to the fridge.
Secondhand books are much cheaper. Go to stores that have their books well-sorted. E-books make up for books without a good index. Ask yourself: If I don’t buy this book today, will I regret that later?
In winter, have your windows open during the day, and closed at night. In summer, the reverse.
Buy stuff in containers that can be reused or recycled. Reuse bags, plastic, rubber bands, paper clips, and screws.
Try to stick to walking, cycling, and public transportation except for emergencies. Work close to home. Vacation close to home.
Skip that elevator, car, electric bike, or scooter ride—walk. Don’t ride to the gym—jog. Take a walk with a friend instead of just sitting around.
Don’t buy stuff because it’s on sale but do buy stuff you want when it’s on sale as some stuff does periodically. Profit. Calculate if it’s really on sale.