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Money Saving Tips for Common Household Expenses

Posted on February 6, 2018 by Daniel at 9:41 pm

Saving money can be equated with a creative talent. You know how much money you have coming in. You know how much money you have going out. And you know how much money you want to have going out. The creativity is going to come from moving from one of those states to the other.

And when it comes to household expenses, that’s where you can do some serious shaving. You can get your fittings fixed, change your light bulbs out, program your heating and cooling, and even make your own household cleaners. Each of those tasks will lower your overall expenditures, giving you more money to do fun things instead of necessary ones.

Get Your Fittings Fixed

Leaks are never good. Water leaks cause damage. Air leaks cause a loss of energy. Dealing with gas leaks means that your appliances won’t be running at full efficiency. So whenever possible, make sure all of your fittings are fixed. Typically, there are going to be low-cost parts that just wear out over time that suddenly make it so that utilitarian household items are not sealing properly. Figure out how to fix them. Sometimes it means buying a new fitting, and other times it simply means repairing the one that is already present.

Change Those Light Bulbs Out

Unless you’ve already purchased LED light bulbs for every fixture in your home, you’re wasting energy all over the place. Even if you’ve moved from traditional bulbs to CFLs, that’s still not good enough when it comes to energy efficiency. Though you might spend a little bit more money on your original purchase for these LED bulbs, they are worth it in the end. If you find a sale where they are particularly cheap, buy all of them that you have room for.

Program Your Heating and Cooling

You’d be amazed how much money you can save programming your heating and cooling cycles. Summer, winter, spring, fall – day, afternoon, and night. Having specific settings for everything, which you potentially can even adjust every day, will really add up when it comes to saving on your energy bills. Also, if you can change them when you’re leaving your house, that will pull your bills down as well.

Make Your Own Household Cleaners

And finally, there are a million ways to make your own inexpensive household cleaners. There is no need to buy high-priced, highly-advertised cleaners for your everyday cleaning activities. You can use vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda for just about everything. There are different ways to combine these or use them for different cleaning applications, but there’s really no need to buy some commercial cleaner that does the same thing but costs ten times as much.

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