Ways to save money fast around the house today

Make saving money a habit like brushing your teeth. I like to think of my finances as a ‘rinse and repeat’ process. Make the saving and then keep repeating that action.

Perfection is when there’s nothing else to take away

Some people think they’ve done enough. They think there’s nothing more they can do to save. Wrong.
 
There are endless ways to save and penny-pinching is an ongoing habit and journey. Think of saving as ‘preventative maintenance’ if you’ve reached this point.

Today I’m dishing up a few super fast tips on ways you can save money fast around the house.


Cook In Bulk

Let’s talk ‘hump day’ Wednesday. We’ve made it through Monday and Tuesday cooking each night and heading off to bed at a reasonable hour. But then Wednesday hits. For some, Wednesday is that ‘into-the-week’ but ‘not-quite-the-weekend-day.’ Boredom and lethargy often sets in.
I know. You might say to the family ‘Let’s order takeaway!’
 
This could add some excitement to the week without any of us leaving the couch – yay!!!
 
Plus. We won’t have to cook and leave the house – especially if we order delivery. Bad move.
 
You’ll likely spend three times what a trip to the kitchen or freezer might cost. If you do this often, you’ll find this habit soon burns a hole in your pocket. For the average family this amounts to up to $40 per week.
 
Here are some solutions; 
  • Make up a big soup on a Sunday night using leftover veggies from the week
  • Freeze the soup and keep it for Wednesday when that takeaway craving hits
  • Think ahead: Buy frozen chips, fish and pizza and keep in the freezer

Learn DIY tricks

When you own your own home, things go wrong. The bathroom tap might come off its spring or a fence paling might come loose. Your first instinct might be to hire a tradie to get issues fixed. But this can get expensive, when you can find a DIY fix instead.

Avoid Calling Out The Handyman

When you own your own home, things can and will go wrong. Our first instinct is often to hire somebody and get them to sort out the problem. But that can often end up being very expensive and unnecessary.

Suppose, for instance, you’ve got a blocked drain. Instead of calling out contractors, look for things you can try to unblock a drain first that are much less expensive. The same applies for if you’ve got a problem with your guttering or if the caulking in your shower is peeling away from the wall. Home remedies often work just fine in these circumstances, without having to pay out money for time and labor.


Lose Bad Habits

Your home environment can be your worst enemy if you are trying to quit smoking or drinking. There’s nothing worse than knowing you’ve got boxes of ciggies in the cupboards. Or you’re tempted by cheesecakes and chocolate in the fridge. These temptations test willpower and are usually hard for good-meaning people to resist.

The solution is to remove all temptation from your house. Don’t buy these items when you go shopping. You’ll save money in the short-term, while you pay out less in the long term on health costs.

Avoid The Clothes Dryer

Air drying your clothes is a great way to save money. Dryers are money-sucking monsters.
Here are the benefits:
 
2. Clothes will last longer and you’ll avoid shrinkage

Got outdoor space?

Rig up a retractable clothesline. These only cost a few dollars and fold away when not in use. 
This way you can enjoy the space in your garden when you’re not doing laundry!

Save money at home tips that make life easy

Save money at home and you will certainly make life easy. You can do this from the couch, your oven, through the walls, while switching on lights and many other ways. You won’t have to do any heavy lifting. Read on to discover some quick tips for saving money at home that make life easy.


Insulate your home

Bad insulation is by far one of the biggest energy and money suckers. Do a complete home inventory of all the cracks and spaces that you can better insulate. Remove gaps under doors, put tint on windows and invest in energy efficient systems. Definitely put insulation in the roof and walls if you can afford it.


Bake bread

There are hundreds of types and styles of bread these days. We are spoilt for choice. But take a closer look and you’ll find many additives you wish you didn’t have to decipher. Consider baking your own wholesome bread. You’ll know exactly what’s in your bread and you’ll save money too. You may even become an expert and start a bread baking blog. Now there’s a thought! You will not only save money at home, you might make money from home too! I love a win-win.


Borrow from the library or invest in an Apple TV

Rather than pay for expensive TV subscriptions consider borrowing entertainment from your local library. Depending on your library, you’ll get a couple of weeks to watch them before you have to take them back. Do this for a few months and you may never want to pay for expensive subscriptions again. If you want a solid money-saving investment consider an Apple TV or ChromeCast box. You’ll be able to watch internet TV and YouTube vids on your telly. You’ll save money at home instantly.


Change Lightbulbs

There are plenty of government incentives out there you can take advantage of. Change out those old lightbulbs into more energy efficient ones using a government contractor. You’ll save stacks on energy and your own energy installing them. Enjoy the savings on your next electricity bill.


Buy a house you can afford

Don’t get sucked into the mortgage trap. When purchasing a house, go for one you can afford in an area that won’t break the bank. Prepare to spend time on renovations or living in a less than perfect house. You can do nothing while you wait for your home to gain equity without even lifting a finger. Buy an older house in the right area and you’ll reap the rewards.


Cut down on electricity

Make sure you switch appliances off at the wall between uses. You’ll make big savings over time. This is also a good general fire prevention measure.


Barter with people

Get good at bartering to save money at home. Trade a web design skill with a tradesperson and get some renovation jobs for free. Offer a friend babysitting in return for some home-cooked meals. There are plenty of ways you can barter without exchanging money.


Create your own wall prints

Don’t go buying expensive art when you can print your own. Buy stock photos online. Find an online digital printing company who can deliver the print to you. There are many print-and-deliver services who will get your beautiful artwork up for less.


Reuse empty boxes

Don’t throw out cereal or shoe boxes. Repurpose them and use them for storage to save money at home. Store kids socks, jewellery and ties in drawers. You’ll also save a stack of space in your recycle bin while you organise your house.

Got some great ways to save money at home? Leave them in comments below.

Budgeting tips | 8 savvy ways to save on food

Looking for nifty budgeting tips for saving on food? Become a super-sneaky strategic supermarket shopper by learning these ways to save budgeting tips for saving money on food before you head to the supermarket. These tactics are as sneaky as a thief. But you don’t have to be a villain to save money. You can do it the honest way and you can do these from the comfort of your couch – with your feet up. Don’t rip up cash and throw it into the wind every time you venture into a supermarket. These practical budgeting tips are very easy to follow.

Learn these budgeting tips for saving money on food

1. Start by actually setting a budget

Always set guidelines around your intended spend before venturing out to the supermarket. My budget for a family of four is $120 per week. This includes everything from lunches, dinners, laundry and any other domestic product you can think of.

2. Challenge yourself

Set yourself challenges. Can you do dinner this week for just $50 even though your budget is $120. Can you just imagine the savings if you did this every week?

3. Take cash

Avoid taking your ATM card if you are someone who regularly overspends. Only take a certain amount of cash to the supermarket and no more. Keep receipts to track spend.

4. Budget with gift cards

Buy four $100 gift cards for the month. Take one card each week as your budget.

5. Halve It

Write a list. Now halve it. See what you can really live without.

6. Ditch disposables

Take disposable items off your shopping list. Find alternatives. For example, use a hand towel instead of paper towel.

7. Divvy it up

Divide up cash into piles. Put your money in an envelope. When that cash is gone, there is nothing left in the kitty. You will have to make do.

8. Receipts box

Keep a box in the kitchen for money and receipts for your groceries. If you have spare change from shopping put it back in the kitty for next week to reduce your spend.

Put all spare change from a grocery shop into a piggy bank. It will soon add up!

Either do all the shopping yourself so you can keep track and stick to your budget or educate others in the home about your budgeting system. Consider using a grocery planning system like Freezer Meals to help you stick to a budget.


Do you like the ideas in this article?

Got some great ways to save? Post your comments here.

Bulk food shopping tips for saving time and money

If you love cooking in bulk, discover some great food shopping tips for cooking in bulk this weekend. Saving money on groceries and saving valuable time is easy if you plan ahead, purchase groceries in bulk and batch cook.

Bulk food shopping tips for this weekend

Meat & poultry

Buy meat in bulk and find wholesale suppliers in your area. Money saving meat purchases include budget mince, sausages and stewing meats. Purchase chicken fresh or frozen and try to get your chook for under $5.00. It is cheaper to buy a chicken, roast it and shred it for meals than it is to cook up fillets. Roast chicken is also delicious in a pasta or a soup! If you have to buy fillets buy them in a big pack at a wholesale poulterer.

Vegetables

Buy onions, potatoes, garlic, ginger and fresh herbs (for freezing) in bulk.

Kitchen Gear

Buy a big community size cling wrap and aluminum foil that will last you months! It is much cheaper to

buy products like this in bulk. I sit my cling wrap at the top end of a large bread board so it is easy to access when making the kids’ lunches.

Grocery Items

Items on your grocery list should include oils, oil sprays, sauces such as tomato sauce and soy sauce.

Herbs & Spices

Fill your spice rack and keep it well stocked with all the spices you require for the coming season and year. Also include beef, chicken and vegetable stock powder.

Milk & Bread

Buy long life milk and bread for the freezer. This will reduce unnecessary trips to the shops where you will likely spend $30 or more on items you were not planning to buy.

Canned Goods

Stock up on diced tomatoes, soups, chick peas, lentils and the like.

Freezer Items

Stock up on pastry, frozen peas, mixed vegetables, frozen corn and spinach.

Staples

Stock up on rice and pasta. If you keep your pantry well stocked you can save much time avoiding extra trips to the supermarket for groceries and more time in the kitchen cooking up beautiful bulk cooked meals for the family!

Hope you liked my bulk food shopping tips! Good luck with your next cooking adventure!


Can’t be bothered working it all out?

If you want a great resource for cooking in bulk and stocking your pantry check out Table Tucker or FREEZER MEALS cookbook. Table Tucker delivers annual, seasonal and monthly pantries for 52 weeks of budget dinners for the entire year! You will never have to write a pantry list ever again. Freezer Meals is a savvy bulk cooking system, which will save you up to $400 on your monthly grocery spend.


Got some great food shopping tips to share? Add them to comments below!

Buy in bulk

Buy Groceries In Bulk

Your time (which is money) and the petrol savings are what really make bulk buying worth it.

When you buy in bulk every month and season, Table Tucker reminds you to buy other non-food needs that might run out when you prefer they wouldn’t. 

Buying these items in bulk avoids extra trips to the shops where chocolate biscuits, bags of chips and other rash buys are there to tempt you. 

The list includes such items as toilet paper, laundry powder, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, razors and soap for example. 

While bulk-buy savings are great, your time (which is money) and the petrol savings are what really make bulk buying worth it. Petrol costs from all those extra trips amount to a large sum over the course of a year. See our Money Crunch pages in TT’s seasonal apps. 

There is nothing worse than having to go and buy toilet paper in the middle of watching your favourite show, is there? Or running out of toothpaste before an important morning meeting, causing you to spend more money on fresh mints on your way to work! The spending can just go on and on. 

Shop monthly at stores that specialise in bulk-buy items. 

Because the ingredients in Table Tucker are so basic, these bulk-buy stores should stock all that you need.