money saving ideas
We all want to reduce our monthly bottom line.
After all, keeping a household up and running can cost a bundle.
The best ways to save money are those that reduce the cost of items we've already budgeted for.
If you consult this list before buying supplies or turning on power-hungry appliances, you'll be saving money on the items and services that directly affect your financial bottom line.
These money saving ideas can help.
Money saving ideas for grocery shopping:
- Purchase only what you need now
- Download or clip - and use - coupons
- Purchase laundry products with boosters, such as color-safe bleach
How to Save Money on Storage and Organization
- Use baskets and ceramic mugs as catchalls for odds and ends. Easy organizing fix; no cost
Saving On Energy Bills
- Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms
- Lower the thermostat to 68 degrees F (20 degrees C) in winter; raise it to 78 degrees F (26 degrees C) in summer
- Lower your water heater's setting to 120 degrees F (49 degrees C)
- Use your microwave instead of the conventional oven for reheating
- Choose the smallest pan for the job, matching pan size to burner size for energy savings
- Turn off electric burners shortly before the end of the allotted cooking time
- Preheat your oven only if the recipe you're using calls for it
- Use a pressure cooker when you're making soups and stews
- Cover water that you've set to boil
- Run appliances at night or on weekends when rates are lower
- Use your dishwasher's Light Wash cycle for lightly soiled dishes
- Choose the dishwasher's cool dry setting instead of hot dry