5 Easy Ways to Save Money at Home

by Kate on May 2, 2012

in Frugal Living, Save Money, Simple Living

Sometimes the simplest changes can have a big effect. These simple ways to save money at home will not only help increase your savings, they’re also better for the environment!

1. Buy an Individual Filtered Water Bottle:

These Bobble water bottle filters are genius. They make the water taste great and they aren’t nearly as troubling to fill up as full sized water filter jugs.  Plus, they’re great for on the go! I’m sure other companies make them, or if they don’t then they will soon, but I love the fun shape and cute colors of the Bobble bottles (try saying that five times fast!).

2. Connect Your Appliances to a Central Light Switch:

Even when you’re not using them, your appliances do require small amounts of energy to stay on, and those small amounts add up. To reduce your energy bill, hook up your TV/DVD player/Sound systems to a plug that’s connected to a light switch. That way when you’re ready to turn out the lights for the night (or as you leave the house), you can also turn off your appliances with just the flick of a switch!

3. Use Cheap Cleaners:

A mix of Baking Soda and Vinegar can handle most messes and it’s very cheap! For a great multi-purpose cleaner all you have to do is mix 1/2 cup of White Vinegar mixed with 1 cup of water. Plus, baking soda is a great deodorizer.

4. Take Shorter Showers:

Shortening your showers will help you save money by reducing your water bill AND give you a bit more time in the morning for breakfast or reading the news. Shoot for no more than 5 minutes a day.

5. Replace Light Bulbs with CFL’s (Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs):

Okay for a while I just thought this was a way to get me to spend more money on light bulbs because CLF’s do cost more up front. BUT they last SO much longer and use only a 1/3 the energy of a regular light bulb! My energy bill definitely dropped when I switched.

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*In the spirit of full disclosure, links to products in this post may be affiliate links, which means that I may receive a commission if you decide to purchase any of the products I recommend. Know that I only recommend products that I have used and love myself.

*I am not a doctor, a nurse, or any kind of health practitioner. I’m just a gal with a pretty keen intuitive sense, great research abilities, and curiosity that is easily peaked. Please understand that my advice is really just another opinion and it’s for you (and your doctor) to decide the best course for your health and well-being.

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