Every home has a multitude of ways to save money. Whether you are simply trying to save more money or your economic resources have changed, use these tips to make your dollar go a little farther.
- Unplug appliances.
Unplug energy suckers like washing machines and dryers when not in use. Any item that is plugged in will draw a certain amount of power, on or off. This alone can save you dollars a month off your energy bill.
- Stop using laundry detergent.
For regular loads of laundry use 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup of salt. The added bonus to using this method is losing the need for dryer sheets. The chemicals in the detergents create the static in your dryer.
- Use glycerin soap.
Glycerin is removed from most commercial soaps to be used in other products. Soaps that do not contain glycerin remove moisture from your skin, requiring the use of moisturizer.
- Plant your own vegetables and herbs.
Space is not always a factor when growing your own food. Many choose to plant container gardens in windows or on balconies. Use vertical space where you can to grow a variety of foods.
- Reuse old newspapers.
Newspapers can be reused as giftwrap paper, as disposable tablecloths, or to make your own craft paper. Look online for ways to make your own paper from newspaper.
- Turn the air conditioner temperature up.
If you prefer a temperature of 23ºC (73ºF), try adjusting to 24ºC (75ºF). The small change in temperature will save energy and money in the long run. If humidity is a problem in your area, trying using a dehumidifier before turning on the air conditioning.
- Cancel/scale back your cable.
Find better things to do with your time than watching television. Most of humanity was spent without cable. Watch movies on DVD, find family activities to do, or use this time to work on projects that never seem to get done.
- Learn a new skill.
Find ways to save money with creative or repair skills. Simply learning how to sew may mean you never have to buy expensive premade curtains again.
- Stop eating at restaurants.
One of the biggest money holes in a budget is restaurant dining. Find ways to simplify your cooking habits at home to save time. Consider making big meals at once that can be portioned into leftovers.
- Cancel your long distance plan.
Use online services such as Skype to have long distance voice calls for free. Have a local line for individuals to call you that do not use this service.
Saving money in your home does not always require drastic changes. Small changes will not only be easy to do, they are easy to maintain.