Tips For Saving Money Around the House
Lights: When you leave a room, turn off the lights. There is no need to leave lights on in all the rooms in the home if your family is all sitting in the TV room. Tell everyone in your house that as soon as they leave a room to hit the light switch. You’ll thank them later when you get your electricity bill and see how much you have saved.
Washing clothes: Not all clothes need to be washed after every use. Jeans can be worn multiple times before they need to be washed. Try and get as much use of your clothes before each wash. Try the smell test. If you get any kind of bad scent when smelling your clothes, then toss them in the wash. Also, use cold water instead of hot water. Hot water is only needed for bad stains.
Toilet paper: Most stores, including Walmart and Target, now sell four rolls for one dollar. If you calculate the difference between buying several four-roll packages and one large twelve or twenty-four roll package, you see that it does save you money by buying these smaller packages. They are easier to store in closets and cupboards, and the toilet paper is just as good as the name brand-name paper.
Coupons: Coupons, believe it or not, can be just as bad as flushing your money down the toilet. When you clip a coupon, ask yourself if you really need that product or if you are buying it just to save money. If it is a want and not a need, then there’s a chance you will not use the product and are wasting money. Try only clipping coupons for product you use every day.
Paper plates: Paper plates are not only good if you want to heat up a quick meal without having to wash dishes, they are also great for a number of other things. Use them as coloring boards for your kids. They can use crayons to draw funny faces and use yarn and other craft materials for hair and clothes. This saves you from buying expensive coloring books. Paper plates are also great for preventing messes in the microwave. Place the paper plate over a can of soup or casserole and it will block the food from splattering all over the inside of the microwave. This saves you the stress from cleaning up and saves on the cleaning supplies. If that plate doesn’t get messy, place it aside and use it again.
Plastic forks and knives: The next time you are out with the family at your favorite fast-food restaurant, ask for extra plastic forks and knives. Then place them in a bowl at home that everyone can garb from when they want a quick meal.
Cereal: Cereal can go bad quickly if it’s not sealed right. The next time you are at Walmart or the Dollar Store, pick up some cheap chip clips and use these on your cereal bags. This will make your cereal last longer.
Wipes: Hand wipes and baby wipes are cheap and they can also be used around the house for quick cleanups. The manager at Walmart said that baby wipes can be used on counters and anywhere else because they are simply used for cleaning. So place a box of baby wipes on the counter for nasty messes. This saves you from using a towel, then having to wash it and dry it later on. It also saves on the stress from dealing with messes.