Three No-Brainer Tips to Save Money at Home
Everybody wishes they had a bigger salary. Life is becoming harder every day and, if you’re not careful, you could end up spending a lot more than you earn. But things don’t have to be that way if you know how to make your dollar (or pound, or whatever) stretch a bit further without having to settle for lower quality of life. Here are three no-brainer tips to save money at home that I bet you’ve never thought of.
1. Unplug Your Electric Appliances
If you have any sense, then I’m sure your TV, DVD player, radio, phone charger, etc. are not on all the time. You have the good sense to press the button and switch them off. Well, this doesn’t mean that they stop consuming power. The are using what is called phantom power and it can cost you about $200/year. Simply unplugging all that stuff or switching the power socket off will put a stop to that and help you save money. While you’re at it, don’t forget to switch off your computer when you’re not using it or at least use hibernation.
2. Don’t Be Afraid of DIY
Remember that there’s no need to call someone to get things done for you. There are tons of little jobs around the house that you could do yourself and save big time. Of course, this doing things yourself isn’t always possible because things like rewiring your power and dealing with major plumbing emergencies requires a specialist. But there are tons of little things you could do yourself and doing them can help you save money at home. Plus you might even like it!
3. Review Recurring Bills
We all get a pack of bills every month. And then we just go and pay them without asking too many questions. But that’s exactly what you should be doing – asking questions! It’s always a good idea to review your bills, see what you’re being charged for, and try to reduce them. For example, if you need to renew your phone or Internet contract (or even your insurance policy), just ask your company to give you a discount for being a loyal customer. If they don’t want to co-operate, shop around and see if you can find a better deal.
These simple tips will help you save money at home without reducing your quality of life.