Saving money doesn’t have to involve revolutionary new ideas.
It often only requires a return to simplicity. The following list highlights my top 7 ways to save money easily at home look here. They are things that most anybody can do.
Plan your trips.
Instead of making 10 separate trips during the week for things like groceries, clothes shopping, and running errands, plan to handle it all in one trip. That’ll save you the bucks in gas money. It really adds up over time.
SELL, SELL, SELL!
What do you have that you no longer want, or no longer need? Do you have a bookshelf full of books and CD’s that you’ll never again use? Maybe you have a bunch of last year’s electronics that you have already replaced. Think about selling them online, or at a yard sale. This is an excellent way to turn things you don’t use into quick cash.
Become a handy-man…or woman.
Does your faucet leak? Do you have a spider problem? Does your carpet need to be cleaned? In our time of instant access to information, you could learn how to do many of these things yourself online. You could potentially save a lot of money and you’ll learn a new skill in the process!
Turn it off!
Do you have a habit of leaving the lights on when you leave a room? Turn them off! I know it can be difficult to train oneself to do this, but it is a great way to conserve energy and to save money.
Plan your meals far in advance. And stick to the plan.
This will help you determine a shopping list. You will be amazed at how much money you can save by doing this. When your fridge is stocked and you have good food to eat at home, you will be far less likely to spend money going out to eat.
DO NOT WASTE FOOD!
Do you find that most meals end up with extras left over? Do those extras usually eventually end up in the trash? Try making a little less from now on. Americans waste a tremendous amount of money on leftovers that have gone to waste, so this is a great opportunity to turn that around and save a little money! If you do end up with leftovers, make them count! They might be just want you want to eat for tomorrow’s breakfast.
Watch what you spend on entertainment.
Do you really need high speed internet, the biggest cable package and all those home phones as well as a cell phone for each family member? Think about getting rid of the cable and home phones. You can probably get by with the internet and the cell phones. I’ve done this and it works like a charm. It has the potential to save you hundreds of dollars per month.
The activities of life are like a vacuum that suck money from our wallets and our bank accounts until we make a stand and make a change. Saving money can become a thrilling endeavor once you start to see the results. It feels so good to be in control of our own lives.
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