Tight on the budget? Seven Tips to Save Money at Home

It’s expensive. I can’t afford it. I wish I could buy it!

Are you familiar with those frustrations? Have you noticed that money is mostly the primary reason why are stressed every day? Think about it carefully and know that the bottom line, money is usually the root cause. Yet, do you believe in the saying, “If there’s a will, there’s a way?”

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Seven Tips to Save Money at Home

Saving money will become a habit once you start doing it. It never is difficult to save when you put your heart in it. Find motivation and establish a goal. Once you do, nobody can stop you!

However, where is the best place to start but at home?

1. Unplug all your electronics before bedtime.

Gadgets and other electrical appliances at home consume electricity even when it’s turned off. At home, I have extension wires or power strips where I plug my electrical devices. Before I go to bed, I turn it off.

This way, I don’t need to unplug each appliance every night to save electricity.

2. Change your home faucets to low-flow type

Change your home faucets to low-flow type

I don’t really need a faucet that gives strong flow just to wash my dishes. In fact, I like it to be low to control the splatter of water. I only install strong flowing faucets where necessary in the house. You can apply this to your showers too.

Do you know that doing so will save you 40% of the water bill?

3. Learn how to cut your children’s hair

Learn how to cut your children’s hair

Kids are not fussy when it comes to their hair. Take advantage while they still don’t care. Try cutting it yourself and save the money instead.

I do the hair cutting and styling to my toddlers. It was difficult at first, seeing my babies pulling their hairs out. But when I get used to it (as well as the children), it already came out as a routine. However, make sure that you use the best hair clippers for kids in doing so. Safety and comfort is a priority in this activity.

4. Change your electric bulbs

Change your electric bulbs

It took me a while to realize that the choice of electric lights has a significant impact on my electricity bill. I replaced my old bulbs into compact fluorescent as an energy-saving project. I invested in solar panels and LED lights for the outdoor too. I was glad I did.

I save a hefty 70% off my bill. Investing in solar panels and new bulbs and the fluorescent lamp is quite expensive, but if you look at the long-term advantage, the savings you’ll get out of it is reasonable. I encourage you to do the same.

5. Turn on the air-conditioning only when needed.

For my family, air-conditioning is a need and not a luxury. I only turn it on when it’s bedtime and when the heat is too intense to bear. However, if not, I opt to open the windows at night and let the cool breeze in. Air-conditioners consume a lot of energy and are a burden to electric bills.

6. Invest in water filters

When I had my firstborn, I started to become so particular on the water that we drink. I used to have a delivery twice a week for my gallons of drinking water.  It was a good thing when a friend suggested the water filter system and eliminated my buying of bottled water. The idea worked well.

Water filters cut my water expenses by 80%.

7. Limit your Eating Outside

Restaurants can rip you apart. The price of their food can be way up to 60% more than your home cooked meal. Make a scheduled dinner out with the family. This way, you have enough time to plan and save for the expenses.

In my family, dinner outs are special, and we only do it twice a month. When eating outside is too much, your creativity will come in handy. A romantic dinner at your own garden may change the mood of the night, with less expense of course.

Conclusion

These are just a few of the practical tips to save money at home. In fact, there are plenty of ways to do so. I am sure that you have your own methods too. Since every household is unique, yours could be different.

However, these three always comes out to be the priority:

  • Electricity
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    Water
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    Food

Do you agree? I encourage you to share your home tips on how to save a few extra bucks. Achieve each goal one by one. Good luck!

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Sarah Palmer
 

Hi! I'm Sarah. My husband and I have a beautiful little girl; plus we’re anxiously awaiting the arrival of Baby #2, so this is a very exciting time for us. Throughout this amazing journey called Parenthood, I’ve learned so much and love sharing my experiences with other parents at SarahsLovelyFamily.com. I'd love to share my discoveries with you too!

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