We will always have something to spend money on. Don’t you agree? From water to electricity bills, from furniture to grocery, our necessary expenses are never-ending.
If you think that budgeting and saving money on these necessary expenses is hard, read our top money-saving tips.
1. When not in use, unplug the electrical appliances
According to studies, even when household appliances, like toaster, table lamps, DVD players, television, coffee maker, computer, etc., are switched off, they still draw a small amount of power. Therefore, when you are not using a particular appliance, just unplug it.
Also, remove your phone charger from the socket when your phone is completely charged. By doing so, you will not only save electricity, but you can also protect your phone from overheating.
2. Customize your dish TV plan
These days, we predominantly use the internet. Thanks to live streaming, we can now watch matches, events, etc. instantly on our PCs or laptops. Consequently, our need to watch television has also significantly reduced. However, our dish TV bill is still one of the major household expenses that we make every month.
To reduce your cable/dish TV bills, find the most appropriate deal that will suit your family. These days, most dish TV service providers allow you to customize your plans. Go for a basic plan, and personalize it further by adding the channels that you or your family will watch regularly.
3. Pay your bills online
Now-a-days, you can pay every bill online. By paying your internet, electricity, phone bills, etc. online you can not only save the commuting time to the respective offices, but you will also earn some reward points on your mobile wallets or credit cards.
You can keep these reward points, cash backs, and loyalty bonuses and use them later.
4. Shop for home furnishing and décor during EOSS
End of season sale is the best season to make all your major, necessary purchases. As there will be a minimum discount of 30-50% on most home furnishing needs, get the most out of these sales.
The biggest advantage of shopping during sales season is that you will get to purchase from major, luxury brands at affordable prices. So, if you are planning to buy a lazy boy recliner or an enormous Buddha statue to be placed in your living room, wait for EOSS.
5. Switch to CFLs/LEDs
If you are currently using 100-watt bulbs in your home, switch to Compact Florescent Lamps (CFLs) or Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). These bulbs are not only cheaper, but they are also durable.
As these bulbs prevent the emission of greenhouse gases and other pollutants, using them will also make your home environment-friendly.
6. Rainwater harvesting to the rescue
Rain water must be harvested wherever possible. It can help you reduce the consumption of groundwater, thus, reducing your water bills.
You can use the harvested rainwater for several purposes like watering your plants, flushing toilets, cleaning your houses, washing cars, etc.
7. Always keep your closet doors closed
This simple method can save lots of energy. Most of us shut the bedroom doors and windows when we use the air conditioners. However, what most of us forget to do is to close the closet doors.
Just close your closets after you use them. By doing so, you not only keep your clothes and valuables safe, but you can also save the energy consumed in cooling that area.
8. Paint your roofs white
Are you wondering how the color of your roof can be saving your money? Dark colored roofs absorb more heat than white colored roofs, thus making your rooms warmer.
However, if you color your roof white, your home will comparatively be cool and fresh. Therefore, you can go easy on those air conditioners, which in turn will show a positive impact on your electricity bill.
9. Save water whenever possible
Water is one of the crucial resources that we all need for surviving. However, saving water not only reduces your water bill, but it also helps in preserving our environment.
Here are some easy tips that will help you in saving water:
- Always close the water tap while brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Fix the shower head for low-flow as it will consume less water.
- Don’t do a complete toilet flush, when it is not required.
- When you start filling hot water in your bathtub, don’t drain out the cold water that comes at first. Instead, let it be in the tub as it will help in maintaining the temperature of the water.
10. Plant more trees or have a terrace garden
One of the biggest advantages of planting trees is that it deeply helps in controlling global warming. Additionally, trees also act as a natural décor, and they keep the surroundings cool.
If you have an organic terrace garden or trees in your premises that yield fruits and vegetables, you can also cut short on your grocery costs, by using homegrown fruits and vegetables.
Organic, homegrown groceries are not only cost-effective, but they are also safe and healthy to use.
Try these tips, and let us know how it worked for you.