Whether you’re struggling to make ends met or just like making the most of what you have, there are lots of little things you can do to save yourself some money – and many of them will also save resources and protect the planet, too.
Using the following tips will add up to save money for you…
- Turn off lights in empty rooms
- Turn the TV and stereo off rather than leaving them on stand-by (that means turn them off at the appliance not just the remote control)
- Have shorter showers to save water and heating costs – just think that if you cut two minutes off your daily shower you will have saved yourself 730 minutes (over 12 hours) a year!
- Learn to mend your clothes – a loose thread or small hole shouldn’t mean having to buy a new jumper or pants
- Get quotes for repairing shoes rather than buying new ones; if you buy good quality shoes, you may find repairs are cheaper than new shoes and you save yourself the hassle of wearing in new shoes!
- Check prices in the supermarket – buying bigger packages is often cheaper per unit but not always, especially if a smaller size is on sale. And a big, cheap package is a waste if you won’t actually use up the bigger amount anyway
- Cheaper cuts of meat can be tenderised by marinading them, especially with red wine and garlic, so you can still have flavour-filled, tender meals without eh big price tag!
- Walk rather than drive whenever possible – save yourself petrol and other running costs, along with creating less pollution and decreasing the need for gym fees!
- Forget driving in circles looking for a close parking spot – take one further away and save petrol and frustration
- Keep food in the fridge covered – otherwise the moisture from food makes the air humid and the fridge has to work harder to keep things cool
- Never use the dishwasher or washing machine without a full load
- Close curtains as the sun goes down to keep the warmth in the house as the temperature drops outside in winter; in summer, keep the curtains shut during the hottest days to keep the heat out
- Hang clothes on the clothesline and get rid of your clothes drier. Not only does it save you running costs but also clothes tend to last longer out of a drier. In addition, did you know that hanging in the sun is a natural anti-bacterial treatment?
- Encourage everyone to wear warm clothes in stead of turning up the heater – any setting above 210 costs about 10% more for each degree you increase it
- If it’s not very cold and you’re sitting watching TV or reading a book, cuddle under a blanket instead of turning the heater on at all
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