One of the best and worst parts of having this blog is trying to relay money saving habits to you that come so natural to me that I do not even think about them.
The best way to start saving money on an ongoing basis is to establish patterns that become habits. Before you know it, you are actively saving without even noticing it.
I took some time to think of some of my own money saving habits so that I could share them with you:
- Open windows or doors to let air in instead of turning on a fan or AC (saves electricity)
- Open up blinds, shades or curtains instead of turning on a light (saves electricity)
- Tear paper towels in half and save the rest for later (saves grocery money)
- Skip buying facial tissues and use toilet paper instead for the occasional times when someone has to wipe their nose (saves grocery money)
- Don’t turn on the shower water until you are ready to get in (saves money spent on water and electricity for hot water)
- Use grocery bags as garbage can liners (saves grocery money)
- Cook dinner once and spread it out over 2 nights (saves grocery money)
- Close up food packages that have been opened so that the product lasts longer (saves grocery money)
- When your garbage bag is full, take the bag out of the can and fill it up a little more (saves grocery money)
- Split sticks of gum in half—one for now, one for later (saves grocery money)
- Print on the other side of used paper (saves office supplies money)
- Use grocery bags as lunch bags or utilize a reusable lunch bag instead of buying lunch sacks (saves grocery money)
- Use a free music service like Spotify instead of purchasing MP3s or CDs (save on entertainment)
- Use the Internet to communicate with others or a plan with free minutes instead of racking up expense on your cell phone (save on electronics/communications bills)
- Use a soap dispensing sponge or brush to clean dishes instead of pouring dish soap directly onto the dishes (saves grocery money)
- Air dry your dishes (saves electricity and/or grocery money)
- Consolidate your errands instead of making numerous trips (saves gas)
- Wear clothes more than once prior to washing (save on water, electricity, gas and/or groceries)
- Shut off lights and electronics when you leave the room (saves electricity)
- Use a dish towel in the kitchen and hand towel in the bathroom to dry your hands instead of paper towels or toilet paper (saves grocery money)
These tactics are so simple and easy to incorporate into your life, but the results can be noticeable. They come so second-nature to me that I had to take some time to think about them so that I could write them down for you.
What are some of your favorite simple ways to save money? Share them with us so that we can use them, too.