UK Money Blogger Zoe Morrison

Money Blogger Profile – Eco Thrifty Living

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All about… Eco Thrifty Living

When it comes to personal finance choices, Zoe Morrison from Eco Thrifty Living keeps a keen eye on the impact on the environment as well as the impact on her wallet. Her goal is to show how eco-friendly choices aren’t necessarily at odds with living on a budget. We spoke to Zoe and found out more about the environmentally friendly message in her blog.

Tell us about your blog.

I write Eco Thrifty Living, a lifestyle blog about saving money and the environment. The blog is filled with hints and tips to spend less in eco-friendly ways. I feel passionately that being eco-friendly is a great way to save money and really enjoy sharing that passion with my readers through the blog!

Why do you write about money, and how did you start blogging?

I started blogging when I was on maternity leave with my youngest son and I didn’t want to return to work. At the time I was spending lots of money on products that were eco-friendly and organic and these products are usually more expensive than the non-organic eco-friendly alternatives.

To be able to quit my job we would need to spend a lot less money, but I didn’t want to compromise on my eco-friendly principles and so I decided to work out ways to be eco-friendly and thrifty! I love writing and at the same time decided to start a blog to document my experiences.

What’s your most popular post and why?

My husband wrote a blog post about a DIY chimney balloon, which is by far the most popular post on the blog! I don’t know why it is so popular, but I can guess it is because lots of people want to reduce their energy bills and this is a cheap and easy way to help do that.

What’s your favourite post you’ve written, and why?

I don’t have a favourite post, but one that came to mind reading your question was one about reasons to buy, borrow or be given things secondhand. I haven’t chosen it because of the way it was written, but more because it was the start of a fundamental shift of thinking in my mind about why it was a good thing to buy things pre-loved, from a health (not included in the post, but new things have substances added to them that off gas, or should be washed out before using) , environmental and financial perspective. In the past my only experience of secondhand was at the occasional car boot sale and I had never bought secondhand clothes. Nowadays most of the things I buy are preloved.
 

What’s your number one money tip?

Before spending money on anything, ask yourself – is it genuinely eco-friendly (don’t just rely on the label, think about the materials it is made from, the ingredients it contains and how it will be disposed of) and is it thrifty?

 

What’s your top blogging tip?

Stay true to yourself in your writing, know your worth and maintain a healthy blog/ life balance.

 

Why are you part of UK Money Bloggers?

After going to the SHOMO awards last September I felt like a part of the UK Money Bloggers community. We all blog about money from completely different perspectives and view points, but we can still work together and help each other, which is great.

 

Who are your three favourite UK Money Bloggers?

It’s too hard to pick 3! My favourites include Money Nuggets, Reduced Grub, Much More With Less, Be Clever With Your Cash, The Money Principle and Thinking Thrifty.

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