St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, but there’s no reason why you should only go green one day a year, especially when it could help your finances. A recent post at The Simple Dollar talks about how being environmentally friendly is a behavior that has close ties to intelligent money management.

In a review of the book Voluntary Simplicity by Duane Elgin, writer Trent Hamm talks about how living a simple life can have a profound economic and environmental impact. For instance, buying a bicycle to get around town is not only cheaper than buying a car, but it also is much better for the environment. Forgoing a giant mansion for a more modest sized home is another example of a choice that can also benefit your bank account and reduce your carbon footprint.

The post points out that all resources–from money to fossil fuels–are finite and should be used accordingly. In the end, choices that veer toward simplicity can have lasting positive effects on both your pocket book and the planet.

How do you keep things simple to save money and go green? What do you find makes the biggest difference?