Saturday, October 4, 2008

10 Ways to save money around your home.

These are some of the things that anybody can do around their home to save a little money. It took me awhile to get in the habit of doing all of these, but it does make a BIG difference. It might not seem like much at first to you either, but if you stick with it, over time you will notice a difference. Promise!

~Cut dryer sheets in half, you will get the same effect from half as you would a whole.

~Use old cut up shirts, burp clothes, etc. to do cleaning instead of paper towels, this is also very eco friendly

~Try to use plates instead of paper towels. I know plenty of people that use a paper towel to make a sandwich on, them throw the paper towel in the garbage.

~Don't do laundry or run the dishwasher until full.

~Don't use lights when not in the room. Seems like a no brainier, but you'd be surprised at how many times a light is left on when no one is in the room.

~Don't buy "dry clean only" clothes unless completely necessary.

~Try to buy household items second hand. When we moved into our home, that was 3x bigger than our old place, we needed to buying some new furniture. I got a brand new Ethan Allen chair (a person ordered the chair, then when it was shipped to the store, they changed there mind. The store donated it to St. Vincent de Paul) and I only paid $75 for it.

~I love foaming hand soap. I buy the foaming soap, but when it runs out, I re-fill it with one third normal hand soup & the rest water. Gently shake & presto, foaming hand soap. I can fill the foaming pump 3 times with one regular softsoap hand pump bottle.

~Buy in bulk whenever you can. Some wholesale places (like BJ's) even take coupons!

~Make your own cleaner. You can clean just about anything with white vinegar, baking soda, and borax. Google "homemade cleaners" and it will bring up a ton of recipes.

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