December 31, 2013
There are some quick and simple ideas you can use to save money in 2014. Here are just a few that you can implement in your household with little hassle or sacrifice.
- Reuse household items - Reuse plastic containers for other purposes. Save and wash milk jugs to make & store iced tea, juice, or other drinks.
- When cooking a meal, turn oven off a few minutes early. The heat will continue to bake until the oven is cooled off.
- Close off unused rooms. If you have a room that is only used once in a while, shut that door.
- If possible, use a wood burning stove or fireplace. Our gas bill last year for December for over $200. This year it was only $89.
- Turn off water when not in use. When brushing your teeth, shut the water off. When showering take the shortest possible showers. Use showers over baths.
- When printing something, highlight the text you need and click print selection only. This will save you money on ink cartridges.
- Try rechargeable batteries instead of regular ones. They may cost more at first but you can recharge them hundreds of times before you have to get rid of them.
- Grow certain vegetables instead of buying them at the store. You can even grow some in hydroponic gardens or small planters in your house year round.
- Instead of paper towels use cloth rags. You can use them repeatedly and can throw them in with your laundry.
- Stop buying bottled water and use your faucet. You can purchase a reusable bottle and fill up at home. If your water tastes bad, then install an inexpensive filter on your tap.