5 Ways To Save Money Around The Home.

Monday, 1 October 2018
We are at that time of year when as a parent, everything seems like it costs money. You have Christmas fast approaching when the ‘fat man’ comes, there are school trips which are upcoming at this time of year, and not forgetting the colder weather approaching so we tend to have our heating on more. As a young busy family, we are always looking at ways we can make and save money, especially around the home as we spend a lot of our time here.
Finding ways you can save money around the home is quite simple, and can even be put into action when you’re not at a tight time of year. I personally feel that where possible making and saving money all year round is helpful.

Grow your own foods.

You don’t need an allotment to grow your vegetables, we’ve recently made a raised planter for the children to grow some vegetables, we completed it early summer and have already grown an array of sprouts, carrots, lettuces, radishes and peppers. By growing our own vegetables we are still getting the goodness of fresh organic vegetables without the high priced cost of the shops. We also find they don’t get wasted as they don’t go off as quickly. We pick the items as they are needed to be used and if they look like they will be going off soon, we pick them and prepare and freeze them. As well as the money saving tips from this we also have the satisfaction the children have for growing their own foods.  

Use up leftovers.

We always overestimate how much we cook, it seems to be something we are really good at. So, when we make too much depending what it is and what we are doing the next day we will either plate up another portion, cover it and store in the fridge for the following day's lunch or put into a container freeze it and save for another day. Some days we are all eating at different times due to various commitments and this ensures that we always get a fresh home-cooked meal with the goodness we usually like without having to stand around preparing and also ensures, not much goes to waste.

Unplug electrical items.

We all do it, we leave our chargers plugged in and on, we leave our TVs on and potentially the items in our kitchens too. However, even when left on standby these items use a small amount of electricity. At my previous home I would always go around turning everything off, when we moved into this house I just never really did it anymore, I think its because I couldn’t remember what plug was my internet connection and the chargers were hidden behind the units in our bedroom and it meant moving too many things. But, I’ve gone back to turning things off when not in use and its already helped us save money and with the heating being turned on occasionally (and it will be on more often soon) it helps save energy costs.

Close doors and windows.

This may seem self-explanatory but sometimes we can forget, ensuring our windows aren’t on security locks and ensuring the air vents are closed can help ensure the heat is staying indie your home rather than escaping outside of it. Also, ensuring doors are closed to closets and areas which aren’t used will keep heat in the areas you wish for. One of our bedrooms never seems to get warm as it has a small radiator so we always look to keep that door open; however, we always ensure our door under the stairs is closed as we do not need to warm that room.

Make budgets and stick to them.

Work through all of your household bills, look at all of your incomings and outgoings and write them all down. Look at the ways you could potentially save some money by looking at switching some of your bills to cheaper options. Once you have your available budget which is available you can then look at planning in food budgets and other budgets you may need each month. We have found this has made us more aware of what we are spending money on, what we tend to overindulge on and what areas we can reign in and save a little more on. By looking at the consumer index you can get an idea of the major areas in which spending occurs and sometimes you can find ways in which to save more.

Saving money isn’t always the easiest thing to do – well at least I don’t think so, but equally, the end results can help out a lot. From making small changes around our home we have been able to make some savings and although initially, these were small they are still savings at the end of the day and now they have built up more. You could also look at websites such as dealdaddy to get some amazing deals and money saving codes.

Do you have any other saving tips for around the home?

Please Note: This is a collaborative post.

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