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.
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.
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!