Some people do irrational things to save money. For instance, have you ever had a roommate that refused to turn up the heat in the winter, resulting in your household having perpetual colds? There are just some things that you should be willing to paying money for. But there are some unnecessary things that are draining money from your pockets.
1. Put a Brick in Your Toilet
Do you sometimes feel like you’re flushing money down the toilet? Find a regular brick (or brick-sized stone) and put it in your toilet tank. You will save the volume of that brink with every flush – that means a smaller water bill!
2. Stock Up at Sales
Are you the type of person who stops at the gas station at work every day to get a snack or drink for work? Three dollars every morning adds up to $780 a year! Buying a 50-cent Powerade when it’s on sale during your weekly shopping trip is better than paying $2 for it on the go.
3. List Unwanted Items on Craigslist
Look around your home for items that you think other people would pay for, google Craigslist + your hometown and list your item for sale! The great thing about dealing locally is, rather than having to ship the item at the post office, the buyer will come to your door (or a safe, nearby rendezvous location) and pick it up!
4. Live Unplugged
That coffee machine you use once a day and your phone charger hanging out in the wall socket waiting for you to plug in are sucking cash out of your wallet! Unplug any appliance you are not using to avoid phantom energy from being used (but please don’t unplug your fridge). When you leave home for an overnight, make sure to unplug your TV, which is your biggest drain of electricity.
5. Give the Delivery Boy a Rest
When you are tempted to call Dominos because “there’s nothing to eat”, click the end button on your cell and click open your Internet browser. With websites like www.AllRecipes.com, you can simply enter in the ingredients that you have in your cupboard into the Ingredient Search program and the website will search its files for a delicious recipe you can make with what’s already in your house. Isn’t technology wonderful?
6. Make the Most of the Sunlight
During the daylight hours, there is really no need to pay electric for artificial light. Open up your drapes or blinds and turn off your lamps. If you live in an apartment or townhouse, light may be scarce in certain areas. However, cleverly placing large mirrors you find at a yard sale or thrift store (or better yet, already lying around your home) to reflect the window light in places you need it will make it seem like their are more windows in your home and, thus more lighting in dim places.
By making the most of what you already have and changing small, daily habits you can save hundreds of dollars every year.