10 Hacks To Save You Money Around The Home
Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 8:18PM
Heather B

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Here are 10 of the best hacks to save you money around the home:

1. Make a budget

Budgets are the best way to visibly see how much money you have, and how much money you can spend weekly or monthly without having to worry. It can also show you what you're spending your cash on, which is great for sorting out the priorities and putting them at the top, while removing anything that isn't needed.

2. Collect spare change

Keep a jar on your bedside table, and whenever you have loose change in your pockets, empty it into the jar. Keep doing this for the next couple of weeks and when you hit your first month mark, have a count and see how much you have managed to save so far.

3. Shop at the dollar store

Dollar stores are awesome, and shouldn't be something to be embarrassed about. Why pay an extra $7 for wrapping paper or soap when you can get it for a dollar?

4. Rent a dress

Yes, you read that correctly. If you have an important event or occasion that is coming up and you need a super fancy dress to wear, but you just can't afford to spend hundreds of dollars - rent one instead. There are stores that do this, or you can just keep the tag on, make sure you don't stain it, and then take it back the next day!

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5. Pay your bills online

Not only is it a lot more efficient because of the email reminders and the simplicity of paying online, but you will be saving the use of stamps and checks being sent out. Plus, going paperless is so much better for the environment.

6. Plan your shops wisely

Get the cheapest prices by purchasing items after the season is over, for example, buy holiday decorations after Christmas, get furniture at the start of the year and buy a barbecue in the fall. And make sure you stay up to date with the latest offers and clearances.

7. Close closet doors

Keep your energy costs down by making sure you close all the closet doors, that way you aren't needlessly using up the heat to fill a closet space. The same goes for any rooms that don't need to be heated - close the doors.

8. Go on a DIY rampage

You can't do everything, like water removal in a flooded basement or repairing your boiler system, and sometimes it's important to admit that to yourself before you make things worse. But, anything that you can learn through various YouTube videos - take advantage of it and fix that squeaky door or the jammed cupboard.

9. Stock up on cheap gifts

When things are on sale, make the most of it and stock up on gifts for the year, this can be for birthdays, housewarmings, weddings, and so on.

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10. Grow your food

Instead of going out and buying your fruit, veg and herbs - invest in the seeds and plant your own around the garden. It's really simple to do once you get the hang of it, and you'll be able to live a sustainable life off your little productive garden. You could even make your own jam and then sell it!

 

Article originally appeared on MySweetSavings - Fast and Frugal Savings Advice for the Mother that Knows Best! (http://www.mysweetsavings.com/).
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