Run Your Appliances Differently
Some utility companies have “peak” and “off-peak” times. This simply means that there are times when people are using more electricity than others. If you are using your appliances (i.e. dishwasher, washer, dryer) at these times, you are likely spending more money. Call your utility company and find out if they define “peak” and “off-peak” times and what they are for your company. You could be saving some money!
Crock Pot Cooking
Practically everyone’s mother has gifted them a crock pot at some point in time. The fact of the matter is, crock pot cooking is easier, usually less expensive and also saves you a ton on time and resources. It will also stop you from getting takeout at the end of a long day because you know food is already there.
Repair Instead of Replace
Repairing items instead of replacing them works for a lot of things in life. Sometimes it is cheaper to repair your vehicle rather than buy a new one. It is also way cheaper to repair a shirt if one button popped off or patch a hole in a pair of jeans that you only wear when you are outdoors anyway. You don’t always need to buy something new. What you have may just need a little low cost fixing.
Stop Being Lazy
Choosing to do things like cooking your own meals, actively saving money, and being proactive in your finances will have a fantastic impact on your money. All you need to do is make a little effort. Here are a few tips on how to stop being so lazy and take control.
When you leave your house, turn things off. Turn off the television and all of the lights. Sometimes people think that keeping these things on will help keep burglars away, however, that’s usually not the case. If you feel like you should have them on, get a power strip with a timer that will shut your items off for you after a certain amount of time.
There is probably at least one membership or subscription that you have that you are not using. If you pay $30 a month to go to the gym but you haven’t been to the gym in three months, cancel it. No one is judging you. You don’t go to the gym and that is okay.
Adjust the Thermostat
The likelihood of you noticing the change of a few degrees in your house is pretty slim. Adjusting your thermostat in your home may be one of the easiest ways to save money without really changing much about your life.
Buying In Bulk
Buying in bulk can be beneficial if you are buying the right things. Every once in a while something goes on sale and you feel the need to buy a bit of it. However, this is really only doing you any good if it is something you use a bit of. For example, toilet paper, garbage bags, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, etc. are all things you would want to buy in bulk if the price is right. Of course, you will spend a little more now, but you will save money down the road.
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