- Make an indoor clothesline( they sell retractable ones and fold up stand alone ones as well). You save electricity and wear on your dryer. Also the savings of dryer sheets and the need for your air conditioner to overwork to keep up.
- Collect rainwater(being mindful to place a screen over any open container you are gathering water in, to prevent leaves getting in and mosquito breeding. Also if you can keep it in the shade you won’t get algae so bad. They say copper keeps it down as well. I guess thats why they always like you to make a wish at city water displays.) or make a rain barrel. If money gets real tight or if you experience a drought, this will benefit you greatly. You can water plants(your garden too), flush toilets, if its fresh or boiled, wash dishes. This saved me this year during drought. I’ve also shaved 25 percent off my water bill one month flushing toilets with rain water. Coincidentally that month we had a water main break. Wow was I glad I had collected water.
- Unplug anything you aren’t immediately using that has an adapter or clock. The only exception are things with plugs way out of reach or your dvd player, which will need new programming afterwards. Adapters use a small amount of electricity when plugged in. Who needs 4 clocks in the kitchen? I personally saw a large drop the month I did this along with turning out lights regularly.
- Replace light bulbs with energy saving bulbs, but beware, they contain mercury. Don’t put them in kids rooms or utility situations. My son broke the bulb in his room playing with play swords. We were fortunate no one was hurt. It’s recommended you call poison control immediately if you break one of these lightbulbs.
- Shut down your computer when you sleep or go shopping etc. I always shut my monitor off when I leave the room for a while, but want to leave everything running for writing etc.
- Eat “In”! Home cooked meals can be easy and tasty. Get the whole family cooking. This saves time also.
- Recreate in your own back yard or living room. Rediscover yard games,cookouts and rental movies. Snuggle up by the fire when its colder with your laptop and write, or just spend time relaxing with friends. Another idea is, to subscribe to netflix. I think what you will find out is, you will come away with a nicer yard, because of all the attention spent there, and it’s a great place and way to strengthen relationships with family and friends. The same goes for your living room . This saves gas money and time.
- Winter or summer, grow your own food. I’ve had the most success growing sprouts. Try different ones to find the one you like. Theres a ton of information out there on how to grow everything, in or outdoors. This saves the family a lot of money, and you get the healthiest, freshest meal possible.
- Make your own dishwasher soap. You can try my recipe that I use in my house. This saves big bucks! You get for pennies what used to cost you dollars.
- Trim your cell phone bill by considering prepaid phones. Verizon has a 1 dollar a day plan on prepaid phones. This is a savings for some who don’t txt., and all your friends are on Verizon. There are other plans that I’ve heard are great in different areas of the country. This has worked for me, and I’m not haggling with the phone company over them raising my calling plan rates. I am in total control of how much it costs this way.
I hope these tips have proved helpful. When we save money this way, we save time as well. We can all benefit from saving money, when money is so tight and when not. What’s not to love about having more money?
My own ideas and tried and proved methods of saving money. Follow this link for instructions on how to make your own dishwasher soap.
www.associatedcontent.com/article/5628884/how to save money by making your own.html