HOW TO SAVE MONEY: Quick, Easy Ways
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It’s easy to find occasions to spend money but occasions to save money are all around us too. They just need a little more work because they are not publicized as much. Here are a few fairly easy ones I used this week.
But first, think about something you really would like to do, either a trip, buying your first home, taking an art class and direct some of the saved money into that special project saving account. It’s not just about not spending. It’s about putting your money into something that really means something for you. That’s the reason you want to save money.
Wash with cold water. Unless you are washing very dirty, oily clothes, using cold water to wash clothes works just fine. Easier on your clothes.
Use less soap than what the laundry detergent box says you should. Most of the clothes we wash – except for work clothes and some kids’ just need some refreshing. Using less soap is also kinder to the fibres in clothes.
Install-use the clothesline. I washed flanelette bedsheets this week and within 2 hours they were dry and smelling of Spring. Your clothes dryer is one of the worse energy vampires in your home.
Hem those jeans, sew that button. If need be, take a basic sewing class. Doing those small repairs saves money and time. It will serve you well.
Bake that cake. I baked a Queen Elizabeth cake yesterday. I figure it cost me about $5.00 including the cream-butter-brown sugar caramel I drowned it in. Same cake at a fancy pastry shop: at least $20. As a bonus I reduced the amount of sugar used, so less calories and I added cranberries for some fibre. Time needed prepare the cake: about 15 minutes.
Go for a walk and do body weight exercises. I went for a long walk along the river on Friday. The weather was gorgeous – beautiful Spring day. Got some vitamin D from the sunshine, walking is weight bearing so good for the bones. Used free weights at home for upper body strength training. No gym membership needed. Exercising in nature is also a great way to boost the mental well being.
Make coffee at home instead of using Tim’, or Second Cup, Starbucks or Bridgehead. Buy the best coffee and brew it at home. I save at least $58 a month by avoiding coffee shops, except once or twice a month when I treat myself to coffee on the patio. If you usually buy specialty coffee and something to eat, calculate how much you could save by preparing your own treats at home (see above: learn to bake). I know people who regularly spend around $200 a month on coffee and donuts!!!!! That’s almost $25,000 over 10 years!!! In coffee and donuts. Insane.