Because cash is always better in your pocket …
Running a house these days costs cash, there’s no denying that fact, and the bills that used to be cheap are now rising year upon year. Nobody is made of money, so it’s important to try and save a little here and there wherever possible, to try and keep as much cash in your pocket as possible.
You might not have the first clue where to start with saving cash around the house, but lucky for you, here’s five tips to get you started.
Clear out your junk
Have regular clear outs and anything you find, try and sell it. There is that famous saying that we use time and time again, that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure, and it’s certainly true where eBay is concerned! You could be sat on a mini goldmine, you never can be too sure. This tip is doubly advantageous, because not only do you save cash, but you get to declutter at the same time, and sort out your household feng shui!
Switch your utility bill suppliers regularly
If you stick with the same company to supply your gas, electric, and water then you might be missing out on lower rates and switch offers. Check these regularly and if you can, switch, and take advantage of these offers. You could be saving enough per month to make it more than worthwhile.
Update your dated equipment
Did you know that old equipment, such as water boilers, cookers, washing machines, dryers etc, tend to use more electricity? Newer equipment is designed to be more energy efficient, because we’re all trying to save the world and save money these days, so as equipment breaks or becomes difficult to handle, replace it with newer models, and watch your utility bills fall.
Head online for your grocery shopping
If you’ve ever gone out grocery shopping when you’ve been hungry then you will know that you end up putting more in your shopping trolley than you would have done if you’d gone with a full stomach. Now, the same can be said for boredom, and also when you’re walking around a supermarket you’re more likely to pick up things you don’t need and spend extra money. You can do your grocery shopping online, save your weekly shopping lists, and save money because you’re only going to get exactly what you need. Oh, you don’t have to carry the bags either, they deliver!
Standby is not your friend
Do you leave any of your electrical equipment on standby? For instance, do you put the TV on standby and leave it there until you watch it again? Do you do the same thing with your laptop? You’re basically throwing money away, because yes, the electricity usage is lower on standby than when it’s in full use, but it’s still using some electricity, and all know that electricity costs money. Those standby hours add up very quickly indeed.
Adopt these few tips and watch your household costs fall.