There are more ways to save money around your home other than not running your A/C during the summer or using less water.  If you’re looking to save a little more money, here are a few tips you may not have thought of:

  1. Eat out less.  Eating out is an extremely expensive habit.  Although convenient, cooking at home as often as possible can save you a small fortune.  Many people find it hard to cook every night, but if planned properly, you will see just how easy it can be.  First, plan out your meals for the week. Write down all the ingredients you will need so that you only have to go to the grocery store once.  Cook recipes that only require a few ingredients; there are plenty of them on the internet that take 6 or less ingredients.  Finally, make sure to eat all of your leftovers before cooking another meal.  
  2. Cut out cable. Yes, I know, cutting your cable seems a little drastic.  Stop and think for a moment though; how often do you actually watch TV? How many different shows do you watch? Most people (if they have jobs) probably don’t watch as much TV as they think they do, and when they do watch TV, they only watch a couple of shows.  Could you see yourself watching your show re-runs online? If you’re a sports junkie, many of the games are streamed online as well.  If you can stand it, cut your cable and you could save as much as $80 per month!
  3. Drink water.  Instead of buying soda, gatorade, tea, beer or other beverages, switch to drinking water.  You’ll save money by not buying those other drinks as often, and as an added bonus, people who drink plenty of water eat less (thus saving money on food as well!)
  4.  Use less “products”.  Are there “products” around your home you tend to use a lot of, such as paper towels? Buying a lot of toiletries can add up, so finding ways to use less of them will definitely add up over time.
  5. Use alternate light sources. Leaving the lights on the entire time you’re in a room consumes a lot of energy.  If it’s daylight outside, see if you can get by just opening the shades.  You can also try using less power consuming lights as well, such as small lamps or other lights.

None of these savings will make you rich quickly, but a few small saving each month can have a large effect on your expenses over the course of a year.  If you’d like more tips on saving money around your home, contact us at craig@advancedpropmanagement.com.