Saving Around the House the Easy Way
By Michelle P. Sharrow, MBA
There are never too many ways to save money around the house. Here are a few time tested ways to trim expenses that are pretty simple. Some of these you may have heard of before, others not so much. In hopes that repetition pays off, I challenge you to take at least one that you haven't tried before and give it a test.
Try Compact Florescent Light Bulbs
Replace those old incandescent light bulbs with the new compact florescent light (CFL) bulbs. These bulbs are said to use 75 percent less energy than the traditional incandescent ones and last up to 10 times longer. Moreover, by replacing just one incandescent bulb with a CFL, you'll trim your electric bill by $30 over the life of the bulb. Think about the impact that these energy saving bulbs will have if you use them throughout your home. As with all things there are several options in CFL bulbs. Of course there are regular CFLs, three way CFLs, and many other types to meet your different home lighting needs.
Unplug Electronics and Appliances
Another way to save around the house is to unplug your electronic equipment and appliances. That's right. If you aren't using that toaster oven or that lamp why do you have it plugged in? What about that television? You can unplug that too. It'll only take you a few moments to plug these things in when you need them and this will save you hundreds of dollars over the course of the year.
Fire Up the Microwave
Research has also shown that it is cheaper to cook in the microwave than it is to cook on the stove. Consider making your side dishes and desserts in the microwave for a quick and easy way to feed your family. You can find microwave friendly recipes on the internet and on the back of product packages.
Turn off the Water
Do you let the water run while you are brushing your teeth? Why? Turn it off and save even more. What about the shower? Do you let it run for a few moments before you get in? Why don't you collect the cold water and use it to rinse your dishes, water your plants, or flush your toilet.
Hang up your Jeans to Dry
Rather than expend a lot of energy drying jeans and other thick garments, hang them up to dry. Letting them dry this way will prevent shrinkage and fading. Additionally, you can save even more by washing clothes in cold water.
It is not difficult to find ways to save money around your home. And you can often do so without making drastic changes that will lower your standard of living. In fact all of the ideas discussed here are quick and easy options that can save you hundreds of dollars over the course of a year. Try them out and let us here at Families Online know how much you've saved.
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