11 tiny changes to earn £6,000 extra a year – and they’re good for the planet too




From ditching loo roll to ignoring the best before dates on your food, here's how going green can cut your bills


SAVING the planet can actually save you money too - up to £6,000 a year in fact.

You don't need to spend thousands of pounds strapping solar panels to your roof or only eating organic food either.


Here are the small swaps you can make to your household products that are better for the environment and cheaper to run.

From ditching loo roll to ignoring the best before dates on your food, here's how going green can cut your bills:


Buy secondhand furniture and homeware - £3,000

Furnishing your home is expensive so heading to your local secondhand store will save you money - but often it's not the style that you want.

One thrifty mum from Bromley reckons she saves £3,000 a year by buying old and used furniture and then "upcyling" it.

Pippa Selby, 31, of Bromley, greater London, hunts for bargains at auctions, car boot sales and online before doing them up so they look new.

She keeps most of her creations to furnish her family home, but she has also managed to sell on what she's revamped for a profit.


Clothes swap - £1,000 a year

Brits spend over £1,000 a year on clothes, according to fabric experts Ariel, which works out at around £84 a month.


But you can curb your spending by "swishing". This is where you swap your unwanted clothes with others for free.

Find out where your nearest clothes swap is by checking out swishing.com. Events are normally free or there's a small entry fee of around £2 to cover the cost of hosting.

Or you could host your own event with pals - and even sell unwanted clothes online to make some extra cash on the side.

Would you give up buying clothes for a year? It would be hard work but you'd save yourself a huge £1,000