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4 Unexpected Ways You Could Be Saving Money at Home

4 Unexpected Ways You Could Be Saving Money at HomeFinancial hardships come to everyone at some point. Even those with high-paying jobs can sometimes face difficult times. With a little discipline and lifestyle changes, you can save money on household expenses. Here are four simple suggestions to stretch your budget:

Cut Your Grocery Bills

Pre-planned meals and grocery lists are excellent ways to trim money on your food budget. It is easy to overspend when you go to the store and throw in items on a whim. You can also save by couponing and taking advantage of the store sales. Try some of the store brands instead of the name brands you usually buy. You might find that your family likes them just as well and they are usually cheaper.

Saving On Utilities

  • Electric – There are some electrical devices in your home that zap energy by just being plugged in the wall. You can save on electric by turning out lights in empty rooms and using free sunlight during the day. Be sure that you buy energy-efficient appliances to save even more on electric bills.
  • Water – If you limit your showers to 15 minutes, you can save a lot on your water bill. According to a recent report from the EPA, the toilet uses the most water in the household. Consider installing newer models with economy flush options. High-efficiency washers get clothes clean with a fraction of water that older models use.
  • Bundling Your Telecommunication – If you have separate bills for cable, phone, and the Internet, you may be spending more money than what you should. Thousands of people save money every month by bundling their telecommunication services through one company, such as Reserve Telecommunications. For one price, you can enjoy quality cable, phone, and Internet service for less than if you used three different companies.

Thrift Stores

You would be surprised at what you can find in your local thrift stores. Many people get tired of clothes and other household items and donate them. There are a lot of gently-used designer clothes that you can find for you and your family at a fraction of retail prices. Shoes, accessories, toys, books and household items are just some of the treasures you can find at a thrift store. Also, you can scout your neighborhood on the weekend for garage sales to find even more goods on a budget.

You do not have to live a monastic life in order to save money. If you find ways to save money in your household costs, you may have more money to do things that you enjoy or save for a rainy day. Saving money is a habit that takes a while to learn; however, you will reap great benefits in the long run.

Tim Esterdahl

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