At some point, we all find ourselves looking for ways to save a few dollars. It could be that you have been trying to live outside of your budget and it’s finally catching up with you, it could be that money is just a little tight, or maybe you’re saving up for a nice vacation or big purchase.
Regardless of the reason, if you’re looking for a way to save a little bit of money, check out this list of 5 ways you can save money around the house— it works for me!
1) Re-Purpose / DIY
There are plenty of items that can be re-used around the house rather than thrown out. You can easily make T-shirts into cleaning rags, toilet paper and paper towel rolls can be used for organizing, and plenty of items can be upgraded to decor with a little TLC.
Branching off the same idea, there is a long list of supplies that you can make instead of buy, including candles, dishwasher soap, fabric softener, and even your own air freshener. Most of the time, ingredients can be used in multiple things and it’s much cheaper than the store-bought product!
2) Shop savvy
I’m sure you’re no stranger to cutting down your grocery bill, so I’ll focus on other items instead. Visit thrift stores and garage sales often— not only can you get basic necessities for cheap, like clothing and books, usually there are some hidden treasures too! I once found a $10 guitar in perfect condition at a garage sale!
3) Get rid of non-necessities
One of the best ways to cut down on your expenses and save money is to simply cut out the stuff you don’t need. I haven’t paid for cable in years, instead I opt for the $7.99/month Netflix subscription. Nor do we keep a landline, instead we opt for a cheaper prepaid cell phone.
4) Hang your laundry
You may not know that dryers are one of the biggest energy users in the home, which quickly racks up the utility bill. If it’s sunny outside, try hanging your laundry on the clothesline— you’ll save some money on your utility bill and your clothes will smell fresh and clean. You might even consider purchasing an indoor drying rack for the winter.
5) Conserve gas
Gasoline is a lot more affordable than it has been in the recent past, but it still adds up quickly. You can always try to carpool to destinations, if possible, but if not you should at least be mapping out your routes and limiting your trips in order to conserve gas and your money.
As a friendly reminder, avoid eating out at all costs, it’s one of the biggest wastes of money in today’s society. Also, it’s nice to keep healthy hobbies that don’t cost a lot of money— for example, a $10 guitar or some garage sale books. I find that a lot of my spending comes from pure boredom, so having healthy hobbies will help you save money, too!
What strategies do you implement to save money around the house? There are so many possibilities! Share with me in the comments.