I still remember the time when my school teacher taught me about the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, and recycle). All the benefits that they spoke about honestly didn’t mean much to me at the time (I was more concerned about playing soccer at recess), but it was important for kids like me to at least start learning the habits that saves our environment and eventually our pocket books.
As I think back, developing the discipline of separating the newspapers, soda cans from the other garbage had a profound effect on me. In a weird way, it helped me become more organized and developed discipline because I was extending this idea of separation to other areas. Once I was used to doing it, I started putting similar types of clothes in the same area in my closet. It just seemed like a fun idea at the time but now that I think about it, it helped me save so much time too.
Another fun event for me was newspaper hunting. Since we had all the newspapers separated into its own box, we could easily find and reuse them for our own purposes. When I was young, we routinely pan-fried chicken wings (what am I talking about, we still do this and I’m not so young anymore). We would put newspapers all around the stove area so the oil would splash onto the newspaper and not the counters. It was fun because I could find advertisements that I hated and position it for the chance that oil would splash onto it (stupid, I know). While this was fun, it also helped me become more creative. Nowadays, I would routinely think of all sorts of ways to reuse different things that we own.
Whoever thought of the idea of recycling is a genius. Not only can we help others by recycling what we have, we can also earn money. A couple months ago, I recycled my ancient laptop through Costco’s Trade-in and Recycle Program. I didn’t get much money for it but the excercise was certainly better than having an unused laptop sitting at home. Of course, I could also sell it on Craigslist or eBay if the laptop was any newer, but it is always nice to try something new to see how the whole process works.
So why is the title Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and How it Helped with My Personal Finance? The 3Rs helped me:
- Be More Organized with My Finances
- Have Discipline in Saving for Retirement
- Be More Creative in Money Saving Ideas
- Earn More Money
Has the 3Rs helped you? In what ways? Join me in sharing it with everyone.