Simple changes in your everyday activities can result in big savings for your household budget. Discover six surprising spots where you can save money.
Start a Vegetable Garden
You don’t need a large backyard to save money. Try growing your own fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, peas and greens. These types of backyard produce are easy to grow in smaller spaces and can save you money at the supermarket.
Tomato plants can easily produce 8 to 20 pounds of tomatoes per season, depending on whether you have a determinate or indeterminate variety. Determinate types produce a reduced harvest of tomatoes as they are more restrained in their growth habit, but they work well in smaller spaces and in containers. Indeterminate tomatoes can produce more than 20 pounds of fruit.
You can introduce more good foods, such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, into your diet when you go vegetarian and save money in the process. Skipping meat only a few times a week can be good for you, but if you go vegetarian on a full-time basis, you can save about $750 per year on your grocery bill. Medical research has noted that vegetarians can experience reduced chances of having high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
Check Your Home’s Thermostat
Add a programmable thermostat to your home to save money on your utility bills. A programmable thermostat allows you to set exact temperatures for your home during daytime hours when you’re away from home, evening and weekend temperatures for when you’re home, and ideal nighttime temperatures for when you’re asleep. Changes in your home’s temperature can add up on your utility bill, with every degree in temperature translating to a 2 percent increase or decrease on your bill.
Drink More Water
Water is better for you than any other drink. If you have an effective water filter in your home, you can stick to tap water and save money by purchasing fewer bottles of soda, juice, iced tea, and sports drinks.
Many people don’t drink enough water, but you can treat your body better while saving money. A good way to determine your ideal daily water intake amount is to drink half of your weight in ounces. If you weigh 150 pounds, for example, you should drink at least 75 ounces of water each day. It’ll be better for your wallet and your health.
Take a Look at Your Vehicle’s Tires
Under-inflated tires can have a negative effect on your vehicle’s gas mileage. Under-inflation puts a drag on your vehicle, which can affect your vehicle’s fuel economy. Check your tires at least once a month. You can find the proper inflation specifications inside the driver’s side door of your vehicle.
Use the Library
Skipping the bookstore can save you a bundle if you’re a moderate to heavy reader. Save money by frequenting the magazine section at the library instead of keeping subscriptions or buying magazines off the newsstand. You can also save money on other entertainment expenses by checking out CDs and DVDs from the library.
With these money-saving tips, you’ll be able to maximize your household budget spending and have funds to save for future investments or retirement.
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