Benefits of Composting

Posted on March 21st, 2012 by Coupon Cathy


Most people think of composting as something that only the most environmentally aware people do. Some may presume that those who compost drive hybrid cars, shop at expensive health food stores and always have their own cloth sacks to bag their groceries. None of these characteristics apply to me or to my husband. But, we are proud and happy composters for many reasons, some of which have to do with saving money. In a nutshell, composting involves recycling whatever is left of fruits, vegetables and lawn clippings back into your soil. Allowing your compost to decompose and recycling it back into the soil is one of the best ways to enrich your soil, either for a garden or just for a healthy lawn! So, here are a few ways composting can help you save money.

Three Ways Composting Saves Money

1. Can you say, “homemade fertilizer?!” The primary reason to compost is that it adds nutritional value to the soil if you garden. Recycling your own fruits and vegetables into your own soil keeps you from having to buy so much of a couple of ingredients that are necessary for a successful garden: soil and fertilizer. A bag of garden soil (2 cubic feet) costs $8! Composting is free!

2. One man’s trash is another man’s compost! Composting cuts down the volume of garbage in the house, thereby saving money on trash bags. Trash bags can be pricey; so, cutting costs in this area helps the budget.

3. I’d rather not spend money on plumbing…Composting saves the wear and tear on every woman’s friend: the garbage disposal. I used to use the garbage disposal all the time. I still use it now but not very much and only for little crumbs of leaves that don’t make it into a bowl I’m using to rinse out the fruit or veggies I’m using. As such, it decreases potential plumbing issues.

Do you compost? Are there other ways that composting saves you money?

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