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10 Easy Ways to Save Money Using Small Changes

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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.

  1. Reuse household items - Reuse plastic containers for other purposes. Save and wash milk jugs to make & store iced tea, juice, or other drinks.
  2. When cooking a meal, turn oven off a few minutes early. The heat will continue to bake until the oven is cooled off.
  3. Close off unused rooms. If you have a room that is only used once in a while, shut that door.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. When printing something, highlight the text you need and click print selection only. This will save you money on ink cartridges.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Instead of paper towels use cloth rags. You can use them repeatedly and can throw them in with your laundry.
  10. 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.
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