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5 not so extreme ways to save money
5 ways to keep household expenses low
Save money around the House
If you are anything like me, you may have noticed that the dollar doesn't go quite as far as it used to. I often read articles about extreme ways to save money, and while they are interesting, I find that I rarely apply these practices. In fact, I think when I do try to do some of these extreme money saving tips, I end up burning out and going back to my old ways. While I know I could save money by going around and picking up bottles out of the trash for the ten cent deposit. I don't necessarily feel that this is the best use of my time.
I hope that you will find my list simple and to the point, and most of all, easy enough to continue doing on a regular basis.
1. Save money by starting a Family Plan for your cell phones
There are lots of good family out there that can save you money. Even if you don't have a "family", you can start a shared plan with any of the larger providers out there. Ask your family and close friends when their current contracts are up and ask them if they would be interested in joining your plan if it could save them some money. Generally the greater number of people under the plan, the more savings, but you can start these plans with 2 or 3 people in most cases. This is a really nice way to decrease your monthly household expenses he only caveat here would be to make sure that the people you choose under your family plan are responsible enough to pay your bill (beware the phone freeloaders out there).
2. Save money by calling your cable company:
If you don't have Cable, good for you. You are already saving quite a bit of money right there. However, for those of us who relax after work by laying on the couch and enjoying the mindless entertainment produced on our television screens, there is still an opportunity to save money. You could easily call up the cable company and downgrade your current programming package. By giving up a couple of channels that you probably don't even watch a lot, you can save hundreds of dollars over the course of the year. If you are unwilling to give up your premium subscription channels, you can still save money by calling the cable company. Take 5 minutes looking through the mail, paper, or internet and find a competitor's advertisement. Then call your current cable company and let them know that you saw this ad for cheaper service and you are thinking about switching unless they would be willing to beat or match that offer. It may take some time (10-20 minutes) to get the answer you want, but if you can save $10 to $30 bucks a month, it will be well worth your time.
3. Save money by keeping up your family's personal hygiene
Medical debt is one of the largest causes of bankruptcy in the United States. Make sure you and your family are taking the time to do the simple things that cause disease. Take regular showers, brush your teeth at least twice a day, wash your hands after using the restroom, preparing food, touching unclean items, and before you eat. Also be sure that you are keeping your home clean to minimize any germs that like to hide out in the bathroom, floors, sheets and pillow cases. Finally, be sure that you are keeping up with your medical and dental appointments, because an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
4. Save money by using the library
It may be nice to have a large collection of books or movies around the house, but how often are you really using them? I find that they tend to take up more space, and clutter areas that I would rather have neat. Instead of wasting your hard-earned money on books and movies, get a library card. Your public library has tons of great books, videos, and audio tapes/CD's, and best of all they are free. If you don't have a great library nearby, you can also keep household expenses low by using a service like Netflix to get videos at a lower price then buying them.
5. Save money with programmable thermostats
Most people leave their homes to go to work. Why pay to heat or cool your house while you are gone? Also, why bother heating your house to 72 degrees (Farenheit) while you and your family are sleeping. If you can make an initial investment to get a programmable thermostat, and maybe a couple of thick blankets for cold nights, you can save yourself quite a bit on utilities over the course of a year. Set the thermostat to go to your desired temperature about 15-30 minutes before you wake up, and set to shut off once everyone has left for the day. Set it back to the desired temperature again about 15-30 minutes before you arrive home. Finally, set the temperature to a slightly less comfortable level while you sleep (generally in the winter i set mine for 60 degrees)
There are many other ways to save yourself and your family a lot of money, but these are 5 quick and easy ideas that anyone should be able to follow.
Hopefully, this saves you some money on your household expenses for the year!
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