Saving a dollar here and there will quickly add up, and over the period of a year you will definitely realize how much money you are saving over time. There are so many ways to save money when it comes to bills and items around the house, so let’s get started!
1. Negotiate your phone or internet bill.
Phone, internet, and cable prices are soaring yearly and hidden costs are constantly being added. My friend decided she was going to shut off her cable, until the cable company decided to give her a better deal. Not to say that you should threaten your cable company by telling them you are no longer wanting their services, but be real with them.
Another tip: Check if you’re being overcharged or charged for channels that you never use. It’s best to figure out what channels you are truly watching and cut out the channels that are never watched, or even only turned on a couple times a month. Those extra movie channels add up tremendously over time, therefore you can save a lot of money if you cut them out as soon as possible.
2. Search for thrift stores around your city.
I used to hate thrift shops, simply because I only went to one and never found anything. If you do some research, you’ll quickly realize that there are hidden thrift stores everywhere, with plenty more items to choose from. I always like to donate my clothes to these thrift stores, after trying to sell them myself. Nice furniture items can be seldom found here, but when you do get lucky enough to find them, the price will be slashed considerably.
3. Repurpose furniture or even clothing items.
I love buying furniture from thrift stores and fixing them up myself. I simply put a coat of paint over the piece of furniture, or fix some screws and other broken items. Pinterest is great for DIY finds and learning how to fix items by yourself for cheap.
4. Meal plan.
Look up meal plans online, and before you go shopping create a grocery list. I can’t even count how many times I went grocery shopping without a grocery list, and ended up buying a lot more items than even necessary. It’s even better to have a meal plan because if you have a plan you are sticking to, it’s easier and faster to get to certain fitness goals you have.
5. Have get-togethers.
Have fun get-togethers at home, instead of going out to the restaurant and bars. Look up fun games online that you can play at home with a simple deck of cards. Have all of your friends bring a dish and contribute to the party.
Do you participate in any of the above methods to save money on home costs? What other ways can you save money in your home?