Visiting archives when you are already close-by
I always try to visit libraries and archives when I’m near them for other reasons (family, job-related, vacation). This reduces costs and also results in a smaller ecological footprint.
Paying for information from archives instead of gathering them yourself
Sometimes it might be cheaper to pay the archive or a professional researcher to do some research for you instead of getting there yourself, staying somewhere and having other expenses that are not research related. This also saves you time, especially if you are not familiar with certain records. Remember to set a limit for research done by others!
Avoiding the technology trap
It doesn't require the latest computer or other advanced hardware to do genealogical research. Reuse older hardware that you already own (like scanners). The manufacturer doesn't provide scanner drivers for your current operation system anymore? Look for third-party scanning software that comes along with support for hundreds of older scanners. Don’t buy specialized printing gear if you only need it occasionally. Use a print shop nearby.
Encouraging people not to hide their research findings behind paywalls
Upload your GEDCOM files and other content to freely accessible projects instead hiding it behind paywalls. Not everyone wants to become a member of your favorite website just to get in touch with you.