If you have been looking for ways to save money while not feeling like you are sacrificing too much, you have come to the right place. Here are a few tips to help you do just that, regardless of whether you live in a tiny home or a mansion.
Yes, you might have to spend a bit of money here, but it will be worth it and can save you money in the end. You should begin by finding the best pest control services company in your area. Get them to come out and protect your home and lawn from pests. If you don’t do this, the pests can get into your home and cause costly damage. Larger pests can make quite a mess of things, while tiny pests like termites, can cause massive damage and cost you thousands if you don’t protect your home from them.
Utilities can be the largest cost for you each month – after your rent or mortgage, regardless of the size of home you live in. You can cut down on your utility bills by doing routine maintenance on things like your HVAC system and your water heater. Doing the routine maintenance will ensure that they are working as efficiently as they can and save you quite a bit of money. Also, try to invest in appliances with an Energy Star rating.
A good tip for saving money can also have to do with the groceries you buy. Groceries can be the third largest bill for most people each month. A good thing to do when you are getting ready to make the grocery run is to make a list of exactly what you will need. Take this list to the store with you and only buy what is on the list – nothing else. You might use coupons to save more money. You might also shop at stores that price match competitor’s ads to save even more. Yes, it will take you a bit of time, but it can save you more money than you might think.
Use the Things You Have
Sometimes, the easiest way to save a bit of money is to use what you might already have. Even if you no longer use these things, you might re-purpose them or put them to one of many uses. For example, if you have baking soda in your home, it can be used to keep your fridge odor free or you can use it with your toothpaste for a whiter smile. You can even use it when you bake cookies. Sometimes you might need to get a bit creative, but that can be fun too.
Make It Yourself
Did you know that you can make your very own moisturizer using just lavender oil, vitamin E oil and coconut oil? You can save more than a few dollars by doing that. You might also try your hand at making a dry shampoo instead of paying for one at the store. All you need is your favorite essential oil and cornstarch. You can look online for other products such as these that can save you some money if you make them at home. The added bonus? You will know exactly what you are putting on your skin.
Become Energy Conscious
This one is really a no-brainer. Turn off lights and fans in rooms you aren’t using. If you have a central heating and air conditioner, consider getting a smart thermostat or even just adjusting the one you have to turn on less when no one is home. You might raise the temperature in the house while you are at work or on vacation during the warmer months and lower it during the colder months. Also, if you can cook during the summer without using the oven, that will also keep your home cooler while not taxing the a/c.
Cut the Cable
How much are you paying for cable right now? The chances are good that it is too much. Cut it. You can subscribe to a variety of channels and services online that can easily replace what you have for up to $100 and more less than what you currently pay.
See, it doesn’t have to be difficult to save money…if you know what to do.
Rachel Slifka is a freelance writer and human resources professional. She is passionate about helping fellow millennials find success with their finances and careers. Read more by checking out her website at RachelSlifka.com.