7 Most Effective Ways To Save Money Around The HouseLiving & Lifestyle
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Bills aren't fun to deal with, especially when you realize you're cutting it a little too close to your monthly budget. We've got a few steps which could help you save more, and they're all simple methods revolving around daily home tasks.
1. A Grocery List
If you don't usually shop with a grocery list at the supermarket, you may realize sometimes unnecessary items get thrown into the cart. These pile up by the time you reach the cashier, and they can cause you a hefty sum each month.
Begin bringing a grocery list along to your shopping trips and stick to it. If you've already been using a list, you could try editing it to cut down on some stuff you can do without, or replace them with items you already have at home.
2. Water Is Your Best Friend
We know flavoured drinks taste much better than any glass of plain water, but the latter is much cheaper. Whenever you begin reaching for flavoured drinks in the aisles of a store, think twice and put them back on their shelves. Limit buying them for events like gatherings at your place.
Instead, carry a bottle of water every time you head out, and refill it at water fountains when you pass by. This not only saves you money, it definitely has some of the best health benefits too.
3. Bulk Cooking
Meals don't come cheap even if you're cooking them at home, so we suggest cooking in bulk and leaving the leftovers in the fridge. What this does is cut down your chances of ordering take-out, as well as helps you save on lunch money the next day.
On weekdays, cook meals which are easy to store and reheat, bringing it along to work so you can have it for lunch. Cut yourself a bit of slack though on weekends; dining out once in awhile won't cut too much into your budget.
4. Turn Off Unused Switches
We know it's sometimes hard to keep track of which switches are on or off, especially when we're always pressed for time. Sometimes switches are accidentally left on, and this creates phantom electricity which can cost you extra money.
Cultivating the habit of unplugging unused electronics will save you a bulk of money in the long run, so it's a great method to use if you're trying to cut down on expenses. Start by double checking all switches every time you leave the room, and in no time you'll start doing this instinctively.
5. Repair Things Fast
You're always tired after a day of work, and on weekends you want nothing more than to idle the time away. But the faucet seems leaky and your car's due for a maintenance check. If you ignore these problems they may grow bigger, requiring more money spent fixing them afterwards.
It's best to solve these problems when they're still seemingly minuscule, preventing the issue from snowballing. It's not only cheaper, it also causes you a lot less stress at the end of the day.
6. Use A Piggy Bank
We know it sounds cliché, but it does unknowingly save you a bit in the long run. Every time you receive a dollar coin in change, save it for the piggy bank. Also, scour your house for any loose change to dump inside.
At the end of a year, empty the piggy bank and see how much you've managed to save. The results might surprise you, and now you'll have extra cash on hand you could use if you need anything urgently.
7. Review Your Expenses
Have a folder for all the bills you pay, storing them by month and calculating your expenses regularly. Compare your monthly expenditure as you go along and observe the pattern. If you seem to be spending more each month, find out why by breaking your spending down into components.
See if there's anything you can do to further cut down on certain spending areas and implement them the next month. Reviewing your expenses also keeps you updated on the reality of your spending habits, making you even more motivated to do it wisely.
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