Do you consider yourself a savvy saver? Are you smart when it comes to buying food, caring for the environment, living on a budget, stretching your entertainment dollar and getting more bang for your transportation buck?
This is the first of a series of quizzes I’ve developed to help you target areas where you excel and categories where you can improve as a savvy saver. Let me know how you score and have fun!
Q. How many products do you purchase weekly that are specified as Eco-Friendly? (Some examples of the hundreds of available products include organic coffee, milk, CDs, baby products, home furnishings, apparel, and even Eco-Friendly Garden Mulch)
a) 10 or more items
b) 6 to 9 items
c) 3 to 5 items
d) 2 items or less
Q. How often do you bring your own reuseable bags when shopping?
a) every time I shop, it’s a new habit
b) frequently, I’m trying to get into the habit
c) occasionally, when I think about it!
d) never, I just don’t think about it
Q. How many Energy Efficient, Star Rated Appliances do you own?
d) I have no idea what you’re talking about—or none
Q. How many CFL bulbs (compact fluorescent light bulbs) do you use in your home?
a) 8 or more
b) 4 to 7
c) 1 to 3
Q. How often have you purchased from “site to store?” (This is where you have products shipped from Walmart.com or another site directly to a local store)
a) 3 or more
Welcome to the scoring section of the Eco/Energy category – Give yourself the following points: every “A” answer = 4 points, every “B” answer – 3 points, every “C” answer – 2 points and every “D” answer – 1 point
If you scored 16-20 points:
Thrifty Taylor – Well done, you’re a SUPER SMART SHOPPER and ECO-FRIENDLY! You are not only saving money by shopping smart, you are all about saving the environment by buying responsibly as well. You probably already know that shopping site to store at walmart.com saves fuel costs by 1,000 gallons per work and saves 20,000 boxes per month. You bring your own bags, buy organic cotton clothing and really try to do your part to keep our planet green.
If you scored 11-15 points:
Low Cost Logan – Good Job, you’re SMART SHOPPER and ECO-FRIENDLY! – You are doing a good job using your green dollars in a green way! There is an awareness level on your part of what it takes to save energy, fuel and money by making key choices that help you and your world. You can go a bit further in this area by learning to shop more organically and looking for energy star ratings on products.
If you scored 6 to 10 points:
Moderate Morgan – Nice Work, you are somewhat ECO-FRIENDLY! – There are some areas where you have learned to recycle and conserve. But you are probably still learning what it means to buy green. You want to help, but are still in the figuring out how you can make it work for you and your family. It’s great that you have the will to help, now it’s just finding the way that works best for you!
If you scored 5 points:
Extravagant Emerson – You are a one who NEEDS AN ECO BUDDY! –It might be that you’ve never really considered the environment or buying eco friendly products that can help our green earth. But did you know that using a CFL light bulb versus a standard light bulb will save $59 in energy costs over the life of the bulb? Sometimes saving money and saving energy go hand in hand. Why not make a few eco-friendly choices today? You could start as simply as using reuseable bags or replacing a few light bulbs. It’s good for you and it’s good for our environment!
Look for more quizzes soon!
America’s Family Financial Expert (R)