Weekly Money Tips: Inaugural Edition
Welcome to the first edition of weekly money tips, where I will write about random tips for saving money.
Don’t Buy Paper Towels
An interesting idea that I recently implemented was to stop buying paper towels. Why? Because it forces you to not use them! When you have them readily available, it is so easy to go through them so quickly. The cost of paper towels can definitely add up. Instead of having paper towels next to your sink, have a handy dish towel instead that you can use for a few days and then throw it in with a regular wash load. This is a very easy way to save a few bucks every month, and if you’re into the whole green thing, you can probably save some trees while you’re at it.
Cut your own lawn
If you live in a newer home, you probably don’t have much of a yard. Most new homes that were built in recent developments have small yards because develops attempted to pack in as many homes as possible for the pursuit of profit. I am in this camp. If you are too, then you have such a small lawn that cutting it yourself would be easy and not require much time at all. I pay $100 every month for lawn service. I could easily spend a few hundred bucks for some standard lawn equipment and cut the lawn myself. It would take me 30-45 minutes per week at the maximum. I would recoup my investment in 2-3 months, then save $100 every month after that. This is a very easy way to save a nice chunk of change every month and a good way to get out of the house. Lawn work can even be relaxing and let you get away from the television or computer screen.
Use Fans To Cool Your House
Fans run at a significantly cheaper rate based on electrical usage than an air conditioner. They can also provide a great deal of comfort when its hot outside. It’s important to remember to turn off fans when you leave the room, because fans cool people but they don’t cool rooms. Put in some ceiling fans and go a little easier on your air conditioner. You will save money in electric bills and air conditioner repair/maintenance.
Glasses Rather Than Contacts
Eyeglasses and contact lenses can add up and break your budget. Contact lenses require even more money because you constantly replace the lenses, have to buy that stupid contact solution, etc. Also contacts are worse on your eyes than glasses. Buy a nice pair of glasses that you will actually wear (even spend a little more money if you need to), then save money by either not wearing contact lenses at all or only wearing them when you need to.
Stay tuned for next week’s weekly money tips!