I’d like to welcome Emily from The Unextreme today with this great post about how to easily cut costs! Don’t forget to go check out her blog and leave her some love after you’re finished reading this.
When it comes to saving money, every bit helps. No matter how small and insignificant it may seem, the tiny bits add up and make a positive impact on your wallet.
Here are a few easy, mindless tips that can help you cut costs on your utility bills:
1. Take a good, thorough look at everything that is currently plugged in around your home. There might be a lot of unnecessary items that are plugged into the outlet. Here are a few that I have found around my home:
- Coffee Maker
- Phone Charger
- Hair Dryer
2. Turn off those lights! Pay attention to when they are being left on. Make it a habit to turn them off when you leave the room.
3. Take your shoes off! Eliminate the need to run the vacuum as often.
4. Don’t blow dry your hair…Or at least not as often. Blow dryers are one of the most expensive items to use, when it comes to the electric bill. Make more use of the towel & let it air dry out! Or, just make an effort to let it air dry 75%, then get out your hair dryer.
Water and Sewage.
If you pay for your water and sewage, meaning no septic or well, then you may be able to cut costs from that utility also. If you are like me, you pay per amount used. The less we use, the less we pay. So, by using less water, it has really opened my eyes to how much we used to waste. Here are a few ideas to help reduce your water bill and promote green living:
1. Don’t let the faucet run while you brush your teeth, comb your hair, wash your face, etc. I even turn it off while I am washing my hands.
2. Saving on septic can be tricky. I have came up with a noticeable cost cutter, though: wash bins. You can buy these at many grocery stores, dollar stores, and retail giants. I bought mine at Wal Mart for around $2. I simply place it in my kitchen sink and wash my dishes in it. Then, I dump the water outside, instead of letting it go down the drain. I noticed a $5 decrease in our water bill after the first month of using this method!
Take a good look at how many channels you actually watch versus how many you are paying for. Call your cable company to get less channels and a lower rate. Most of the time, they will work with you so that you can keep your favorite channels. After all, competition is steep in the cable world. They never want to lose a customer!
If you can commit to it, get a reduced plan. Make a vow to reduce your texting, data, etc. each month. If you cannot commit to using your phone less, then don’t do this. Otherwise, you will be paying a lot more out of pocket.
You could be saving a nice chunk each year by eliminating your trash service. Start recycling! Almost everything we throw away can be recycled. You don’t need anything fancy to store your recyclables in. I really like these cheap trash cans:
Take your recyclables and trash to the local dump each month. Sometimes you have to pay a fee for the trash but rarely the recyclables.
As far as throwing food away, you could always feed nature. Find an open spot to fertilize plants or feed the neighborhood cat. It will also make you realize the need to stop purchasing more food than needed.
Since we have now entered the chilly months, help heat your home when you cook! If you just used your oven to bake and have turned it off, keep the oven door cracked to let the heat out.
Also, make sure your home is sealed tight! Check the windows and doors to feel for any cold air seeping through.
Emily “The Unextreme“
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I am a loving wife, mother, photographer, personal trainer, and blogger! I love animals, sewing/crafts, dancing, and watching movies. I blog about DIY crafts, fitness, recipes, and more! If I'm not writing a post or taking/editing photos I am probably playing with my dog, Nala, or having fun with family!