It’s not uncommon for you to feel the pinch every now and then, but if you are continuously finding it difficult to pay your bills and buy enough food, let alone pay for days out, holidays, and other treats, then it’s time to think of some ways to save money. Now, I already know what you’re thinking, “I’ve tried everything, there’s just no more money to save!” Well, I’m here to tell you that there is. In fact, there are tonnes of ridiculously simple ways to save you some extra cash. If you’re sat there scratching your head and asking yourself “how?”, then keep reading for some of my favorite methods.
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Now, I already know what you’re thinking, “I’ve tried everything, there’s just no more money to save!” Well, I’m here to tell you that there is. Keep reading for some of my favorite methods.
Drink More Water
Tea, coffee, soda, and other beverages may taste great, but when you’re drinking several cups of them a day, the expense quickly adds up. Water, on the other hand, keeps you way more hydrated than these sugary, caffeinated beverages, and also tends to cost a lot less too. If you’re one of the many that don’t like the taste of water, then don’t despair yet; Add some fresh fruit for flavor.
Do It Yourself
There are so many tasks around your home that you can easily do yourself, without the need for professional assistance. Your garden, for example, is something that you could easily maintain yourself, or with the help of your family, without hiring a gardener. Some electrical and plumbing tasks could also be completed yourself (as long as you know what you’re doing), which could potentially save you hundreds.
Call A Professional
While there are plenty of tasks that you can do yourself, there are plenty of others that should be left to professionals. If your AC is playing up, for example, it is much more sensible to call One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning rather than attempt it yourself. If you tried to fix it and did it wrong, you will cause even more damage, which will cause much more money to fix than the original problem.
Wash Clothes Cold
Something that a lot of people don’t know is that most clothes wash just fine in colder water, which is great, because the expensive part of washing clothes is heating up the water because it uses more energy. Using less energy also has less of an impact on the environment, so you can save the planet while saving your pocket.
Air Dry Clothes
Clothes dryers use so much energy, so if you want to save money on your energy bills, it’s better to just not use one at all. Instead, hang your clothes out to dry outside on nice days, or inside during bad weather. Don’t make the mistake of drying clothes on your radiators, as you’ll have to use more energy to heat your home then.
Pay Car Insurance In Full
If you own a car, you are legally required to insure it. Unfortunately, this isn’t the cheapest thing to do. Because of this, most people choose to pay their car insurance in installments each month, rather than all in one go. However, if you have the money to pay the insurance in full each year, this is a much more cost-effective plan, as interest is often added on to your insurance if you pay monthly.
Cut Out Bad Habits
Smoking, drinking alcohol, and eating junk food aren’t great for a couple of reasons. The obvious one is that they are unhealthy for you, and can lead to some serious health implications. Less obvious is the fact that they are also incredibly expensive. Luckily, this is an expense that you don’t have to pay. If this seems like a good plan for you, then there is a lot of support out there to help you cut back.
Buy Some Blankets
Your energy bills are some of the most expensive that you have to face each month, especially throughout winter, so it makes sense to try to cut back on the amount of energy that you use as much as you can. One such way to do this is to buy some thick, cuddly blankets. Once you’ve bought these, you won’t have to have your heating on as often. Throwing on a jumper, rather than turning up the thermometer is also a good idea.
Sew And Save
Most people tend to notice a rip on an item of clothing, duvet cover, or curtain, and throw it away, and then replace it. If you have small children and do this every time they rip an item of clothing, then this is going to get really expensive really quickly. Instead of doing this, learn the basics of sewing and repair the rips, wherever possible. Alternatively, you could embrace recent fashion trends and just leave your clothes ripped.
Turn Off Electricals
In case you haven’t heard it before, the rumors are true: Your television, games consoles, and other electricals do use electricity, even if they’re not currently in use. This, of course, is going to add to your energy bills. The only way that you can be sure that your electricals aren’t using energy is to turn them off at the plug socket, so be sure to do this if you need to save some extra money.
Keep A Money Jar
Some of these methods aren’t going to save you a lot of money, I admit, but they will save you a little, and this little bit of money is going to add up relatively quickly. The exact same thing can be said for spare change. If you have a few loose coins in your purse or find some change down the back of the couch, then put it into a jar or money box, and save it. If you do this every time you have any spare change, then the jar will fill up fairly. Once the jar is filled, you can change it to a voucher or paper money at your local supermarket, and then use it for whatever you like.
Saving money might not seem like the easiest task on the planet, but, hopefully, with these methods, you can find it a little easier.
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