Ask yourself, could you save more money around the house than you usually do? The answer is yes! Anyone from Texas to New York to California can save a nice chunk of the money from simple yet effective measures taken around the house. This money can then be used productively for other important things, such as paying down debt. In the following article we will be discussing a few simple changes you can make in your daily routine that lead to surprising savings…
#1: Keep an Eye on Electric Usage
It’s a fact that electric usage can and will drain your finances before you even realize why it’s happening. So how do you really monitor your electric usage? Start by first looking/analyzing your electricity bill. After that, make a list of all those changes that can be implemented to bring down the overall cost.
This includes, but isn’t limited to, turning the lights, televisions, computers, etc. off when not in use. Also, unplugging power-consuming devices such as the cell phone chargers when they’re not being used saves in the long run. Your next utility bill should give you a fair idea as to how much you managed to save on energy.
#2: Use Self-Storage Services
A lot people are hesitant when it comes to using self-storage, doubting the the security aspects of it and also counting the costs involved. But did you know that storing items in self-storage can help you save some good money? Yours truly can testify to this personally, having scouted the storage scene here in Dallas, Texas. But they ignore the financial advantages they can get by using self-storage facilities such as Uncle Bob’s.
For example, there must be items in your home that are not in use. So if you decide to place such appliances and furniture in storage, you’ll not only be able to make space for new things but it will also help you save on the “maintenance costs” for electronic appliances and valuable equipment. In addition to this, items that are kept in self-storage are obviously protected from various elements that tend to shorten their lifespans.
#3: Cut Down on Cleaning Costs
Let’s face it – there’s no doubt about the fact that cleaning products can be costly. Visit any store and go through the price tags on multi-purpose cleaners along with other “cleaning solutions”. You’ll see that these can add up quick.
So what’s the solution? How do you bring down the cleaning costs?
By making your own cleaning product at home! Example: white vinegar is known to clean floors, counters, glass, ceramic and much more. What’s more, when you combine white vinegar with baking soda, you get strong cleaner that can help you can tough places – at a tiny cost.
All in all, saving money around the house takes a bit of effort from your end. But if you take the right steps, you can definitely cut costs and save much more than you had imagined. Besides the tips that we discussed above, you should also try not to indulge in “impulse buying”, because it can quickly eat up into your finances. Be strong and resist the urge or the temptation. Be a smart saver – write a list of all the items that you think are important to buy and stick to it.