Your Household Guide to Money-Saving Tips

21
May

It is true that money does not grow on trees, but you may be able to stop throwing it out the window by living a more economically-friendly lifestyle and learning to stretch household items for longer life and more efficient use.  The following article offers a wide array of household tips that will allow the average family to bank more of their bucks so they don’t burn a hole in your pockets!

It seems that a hundred dollars doesn’t go so far in the grocery store these days so wasting as few items as possible will pay off by your next grocery store visit.  Know the life of your refrigerator items; butter lasts about one month, cooked meats and leftovers last between two and five days, hard cheese lasts three to eight months.  You can also take care to stretch your fruits before you are ready to use them.  Freeze your bananas—the skins will still turn brown, but the fruit will be good until you are ready to use it.  Squeeze lemon juice over your pears and apples to keep them from getting prematurely brown.

Other kitchen tips to stretch the life of your items include: add a piece of horseradish to your pickle jar to keep pickles from going soft; store your herbs in a cool, dry place; cut the greens off carrots and beets before storing them; clean burnt on stains on your aluminum pans by heating tomato juice in them; use flat cola as a toilet bowl cleaner; keep wooden bowls and utensils out of the dishwasher; use distilled water to clean your silver pieces; remove stains on your copper with toothpaste; keep your refrigerator coils clean—it will help save on the electricity bill.

Furniture for your home can be a great expense so keeping it well-maintained will guarantee a long life for your pieces.  The following tips pertain to household furniture:  us two hands to open a drawer—this keeps the cavity and drawer in good condition; keep your wooden furniture out of direct sunlight so it does not become bleached out; when rearranging furniture, carry each piece by its frame; avoid excess household humidity—keep a temperate temperature; fix your fine tables with a glass top; use saddle soap to clean your leather upholstery.  Speaking of upholstery, before buying a new chair, consider learning how to reupholster an old one with a fabric of your choosing.

Your entertainment center might have cost you a bundle to install, but instead of paying for expensive movie subscriptions and rental fees, learn to make the most of your local library.  Most libraries and their systems have video and DVD collections for free or minimal charges.  Music is also widely available through public libraries not to mention—books!  Keeping entertainment costs low during the year may allow you to put away extra money for a family vacation.

Other general money saving tips to benefit your household include the following: shop for garden implements and plant containers at flea markets (even if you have to fix them up); buy family size packages of meats and then freeze them individually to use only as you need them; store bread and potatoes in the refrigerator; store unused batteries in the freezer; shop clearance sections for various household items; become a coupon cutter.

Because every penny counts, even the simplest cost-saving measures will help alleviate even the tightest budgets.  Do your homework when it comes to big purchases for appliances—check consumer guides before doling out your hard-earned income.  Shopping discount stores and even yard sales will turn up some surprising household items that may also save you money.

This post was written by

jason – who has written posts on Budget Clowns.
Father of three and married to a lovely women. Always looking for ways to save money, and invest it properly for my children's future.

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