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Ways To Save Money In YOUR Home

When the economy is tough people usually seek to spend LESS instead of more. Your money and the way you spend it takes on a whole new meaning when stock are down, your investments are losing value and you are forced to dip into your savings or 401K to live from day to day. After a while, you start thinking of ways to save and do more with less. Below are a few tips that helped me over time to save money in a tough financial times.

  • Start in your home by turning off your lights when you are not in the rooms and/or setting timers for lights to come on at a certain time.

  • Purchase low watt light bulbs for lighting your rooms when possible.

  • Sit outside and enjoy the wind in the summer months, instead of running the air conditioner or fans too much. You can actually cool off by drinking plenty of water and enjoying some wind and shade under the trees or umbrella.

  • Use a surge protector to plug in your electronic devices. They work great because you can press one button and turn off all devices at bedtime, or during the day when you are not home.

  • Ensure your windows, doors and electrical outlets are insulated year round. You can save your heat in the winter and air in the summer months by insulating areas where heat and air can escape.

  • Try to use window curtains that are insulated during the winter months, which can help further preserve your heat and potentially lower your heating costs.

  • Change your furnace filter and have the furnace cleaned annually.

  • Turn your thermostat down 1-3 degrees from the normal daily setting.

  • Try to use a Down comforter in the winter months and cotton sheets to help keep you warm, when turning down your thermostat 1-3 degrees from the normal daily setting.

  • Wear socks on your feet and try to wear cotton pajamas to further help keep you warm in the winter months. If you want to be sexy, then find cute cotton jammies.

  • Don't let the water just run when washing dishes. Wash them on one side of the sink and then rinse them afterwards. Some people just let the water run which can increase their water bill.

  • Don't let a leaky faucet go without getting it fixed. You can often purchase the rubber rings from the hardware store and fix a simple leak prior to calling in a professional.

  • Try to cook a meal that can last a few days to eliminate using gas to cook every day.

  • If you can walk to the store rather than drive, take the walk. The walk can save your car fuel and also ensure you get your daily exercise in at the same time.

  • Lastly, try to spend family time in one area rather than having televisions on in several rooms. It cuts down on the electric bills and also ensures you have that family bonding time.

These tips have been useful for me in preserving money in a tough financial times. Try them and let me know if they help you.

What tips do you have for saving money during tough times?

Dawgelene "Dr Dawj" Sangster

 

 

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