Adjust the Thermostat In the summer turn it up and in the winter turn it down. You will use less energy. Get a programmable thermostat if your house is empty during the day; you can save a lot of money and still have the temperature you want in your house before you get home.
Cut the cable Cable TV is becoming increasingly expensive as well as increasingly redundant since most networks are putting their content online, either on their own websites or on sites like HULU.
Combine it if you can’t cut the cord then at least find out if you can bundle the services and save money in the process.
Threaten to cancel and see what kind of deal you can get; Cable companies are striving for subscriber numbers right now and just want to hold onto their current clients. You can get a greatly reduced rate if you just tell them you want to cancel.
Entertain at home A game night or a nice dinner is much cheaper and nicer in many cases, when done at home. Find other like-minded people and find creative activities.
Learn how to sew a button Don’t throw away clothes because of minor issues. Sew the button back on if you stain your jeans or rip them make them your yard work jeans.
Make gifts don’t buy them Making quality gifts takes time, but the person getting the gift may appreciate it much more.
Convert to a gas or an instant water heaterThey are more efficient and can save a lot of money over time.
Replace incandescent bulbs with CFL although there is some debate on this you can test and see if it helps you save money.
Get rid of your home phone With cell phones being what they are now there is very little reason to have a land line. If you don’t get the best service at your home many cell phone providers will give you a device that will boost the signal in your home. It is like having a tower in your house.
Shut vents in unused rooms This may not be a good idea if you have forced air heating, but shutting vents in unused rooms can save on your heating and cooling bill.
Change the filters in your home every 6 months This makes your HVAC work more efficiently
Use a power strip to turn off your entertainment system There is a term being used call vampire power where a lot of new electronics draw small amounts of power even when they are turned off. Using a power strip can eliminate that power draw and save you money.
Buy used when possible Pay extra for a used quality product instead of a disposable quality product. Especially when it comes to kids items that they will outgrow in 6 months.
Get live in help If you have a spare room you can rent it out to someone you trust.
Pay your mortgage on a bi-weekly schedule Doing this can shave years and thousands of dollars from your mortgage.
Clean your own carpets You can rent the machine or borrow it from someone.
Attend College online It is much cheaper to get your education online just do your research and find a good school. I just finished my degree in 2.5 years.
Delay purchases When you have a desire to purchase something wait a few days maybe even 30 to make sure you still want to spend the money on it.
Buy a Clothes line Running a dryer costs a lot of money. This can be your first wind and solar power appliance.
Create your own 100-calorie snacks Buy in bulk and divide it yourself. That packaging costs a lot and we pay for it in the end.
Make drinks at home If you are going to have alcohol it is much cheaper do have drinks at home with friends than to do it at a bar.
Clean dryer filters It helps you dryer work more efficiently and prevents fires.
Clean refrigerator coils again it improve the efficiency of your fridge.
Turn down the temperature on your water heater It can save a lot of money on energy. Unless you are like me and LOVE your HOT showers.
Start a garden If you have any space it is a great rewarding experience. It takes some practice but you can grow your own food and it will be much better for you if you are doing it yourself.
Start a compost pile Take your yard waste and kitchen scraps and start a compost pile or a worm bin and make your own Black Gold
Reuse milk jugs You can use milk jugs with small holes in the bottom as a drip irrigation system.
Don’t waste your water When you cook veggies with water, steam or boil. Use it to water your potted plants. The nutrients lost in the water will feed your plants. Just remember to let the water cool before you use it or it will kill your plants.
Make your own cleaners Vinegar has tons of uses around the house and you can mix some up to clean and deodorize your home.
Try a staycation If you stay home but disconnect from your normal routine you can get things done around the house or in your local area and save a lot of money.
When possible go for energy saving appliances Save money in the long run with better energy ratings.
Wear clothes more than once before washing when possible Unless if you are getting really dirty or are working really hard you can get away with more than one wear.
Buy your own water filter Bottle your own water.
Eat early or late when going out You can get early bird discounts or happy hours to save money.
Keep your freezer full It takes more energy to keep an empty freezer cold.
Create a Babysitting Co-Op No not like those books from such a long time ago but if you and another couple can exchange babysitting services it will give both of you a free night out. This is great for your marriage as well as your wallet.
Hand me arounds There is no reason to buy all new clothes for your child, especially when they can only where the same thing for a few months before they grow out of it. When you are done pass them along and find someone else to do the same with. My wife has a Mothers group at church that constantly passes clothes around and saves everyone a ton.
Play at the Public Park Why not just go to the park and play with other kids, you already paid for it.
Watch the local parks for educational programs Take your kids to these and they may have so much fun they won’t even realize they are learning.
Public Libraries There is so much that can be had at public libraries from internet access to the books and learning programs.
Use city services There are plenty of free (already paid for through taxes) activities for children around our city, between Metro parks and libraries there is plenty to keep them entertained.
Watch local churches Especially in the summer there are tons of Vacations Bible Schools for kids’ activities.
Stop spending so much on your kids Really they want your time and love more than anything. Make up games you can play at home all the time or just play tag.
Slow Down Aggressive driving and decrease your fuel efficiency by up to 33% according to the EPA.
Driving the speed limit This also helps to save gas as gas mileage drops over 60 MPH.
Empty your Trunk Getting excess weight out of your vehicle will give you better gas mileage.
Change your oil Keep up with routine maintenance these jobs are not just to keep auto shops in business but they help your car drive better longer.
Never buy new New cars are almost always a bad deal because of depreciation. Used cars will get you a much better bang for your buck
Wash and vacuum your car at home There is no reason to pay for a vacuum and the automatic car washes don’t do the best job of your car.
Wash it often Dirt can damage paint.
Keep your tires inflated It will help you get better gas mileage; you also need to check them every few weeks.
Use 2WD55 Air conditioning That is two windows down 55 MPH.
Keep wheels aligned Your car is working hard if your alignment is off.
Rotate your tires Prevent wear and make your tires last longer
Find a way to carpool if possible I was able to carpool for over a year with a friend over a 40-minute commute, so it saved a lot of money.
Leave the car behind Walk whenever possible, ride your bike if it is too far to walk.
Move to just one car Can you do with only one car in your family, save on insurance, gas and maintenance?
Look for discounts Ask your insurance company if you can get a discount for paying annually or with an automatic draft from your checking account.
Shop around. There are so many places to get a good deal online that you have to do your research.
Buy Video games with replay value I have never been more disappointed than with THE video game that was supposed to be the be all end all of games and it took me 12 hours to finish. Some games you can play for hours some for days. Do the math 5/hr or .10/hr?
Get books and DVDs from the Library Most libraries are stocked with DVD and unless it is a reference book you will need constantly you can get it for free at the library. If the library doesn’t have it, try sites like www.paperbackswap.com and www.dvdswap.com OR Find a friend who has it and borrow it. If you still can’t find it shop the used book stored then used on Amazon.com Then the retail store if you must.
Think about an old fashioned solution? If people like Nelson Rockefeller can run multi-national corporations without a smart phone maybe we can too.
Look into open source software Why pay for software when there are free and sometimes better solutions out there. http://www.osalt.com/ is a site dedicated to finding you the open source solutions you need.
Check out Ting – Ting runs on the sprint network, if you don’t mind having an older phone for a while you can save a ton of money by switchting over to ting.
Find the best interest rates around don’t just use the bank you always have. This isn’t 1950; banks don’t think of you as anything but a number (unless you have a very special bank) so don’t fall for their loyalty stuff. If they aren’t making the most of your money someone else will.
Call your credit cards and ask for a better rate Although I had one bank drastically reduce my limit when I did this once when all the banks were tightening up. I paid off the card and haven’t done business with them since.
Always use a reward Card. There are not as many as their used to be but they are still out there. Get paid if you can as long as you pay off the balance.
Get an online savings account They tend to have higher interest rates than brick and mortar banks. I use and love Capital one 360
Don’t overdraft your account it costs you too much money.
Pay bills automatically Use bill pay from your bank to avoid late fees and save on postage.
Keep your money in hard to reach places like an account you don’t have Internet access to. That way you are less inclined to spend it on a whim
Freeze your credit cards Literally we have kept our cards in a tin can full of water in our freezer. If we need them we have them but we can’t just get them to spend carelessly. Especially when you can’t microwave it.
Sign up for rewards Programs I even set up a special email for them but you can get some good coupons and deals from a lot of these.
Stick to the list A shopping list is not just there to remind you of what you need to buy but, it is also there to prevent you from buying things you don’t need.
Drink more water Soft drinks at a restaurant can cost up to $3. If you drink water you will save a lot in the long run. Even at home it is cheaper.
Buy more ingredients Prepares, processed, microwave meals are more expensive and less nutritious than buying the ingredients and making it yourself. We have seriously considered a “you can anything you want as long as you make it yourself rule)
Buy and cook in bulk Wholesale clubs allow you to buy large amounts at a discount (although not always so keep an eye out). Store the food for later or prepare it all at once and then freeze it for use later.
Constantly shop around on service like insurance Insurance policy rules are constantly changing you may be able to get a better rate from someone else check at least once a year.
Check your deductibles you can save a great deal by increasing your deductibles, although make sure you have the money to cover your deductible in the event of an accident.
Always ask for a discount The worst thing they can say is say “No” and it is easier every time you ask.
Don’t be trendy Classic clothes last longer than trends. Besides you will most likely look back and realize how silly you looked
Don’t buy dry clean only clothes You don’t want to spend the extra money
Shop at outlets and stores like TJ Maxx “ You can often find better prices at these stores.
Share a Meal If you are going to go out to eat try splitting a meal. Most casual dining restaurant meals are big enough to share and still be full.
Buy a whole Chicken You can eat all of the meat and then boil the bones to make a stock.
Get a larger prescription If you take a prescription medication on a regular basis, ask your doctor to write a three-month prescription. Instead of paying three co-pays, you only pay one.
Use Baking soda for toothpaste It works just the same
Plan meals that can be repurposed We make a pot roast and make open-faced sandwiches the next day out the leftover meat.
If you eat out only do so when you have a coupon We decide where to eat based on the coupons we have in our collection.
Don’t shop for groceries hungry You often end up buying so much more than you really wanted to.
But generic when possible Store brands foods are much less expensive in most cases and the reduction on quality is not that noticeable except for Ketchup I have never found a generic ketchup that is as good Heinz.
Watch for thrift store discount days Some stores have a 50% off day and you can get things on the cheap.
Buy an Entertainment book It will cost you $20-30 but will save you a ton.
Find out if an item has a price guarantee Some store will pay you back the difference if an item goes on sale shortly after you buy it.
Always keep your receipts You will need them if you want to get your money back or need a repair
Remember to send in your rebates Another reason to keep your receipts.
Adjust your tax allowances There is no reason to give Uncle Sam an interest free loan for the year while you are paying interest on your debt or while you could at least squeak a few dollars out of your savings account.
Get the most out of your employer Make sure you are aware of all the benefits offered by your employer you can take advantage of. FSA, Tuition reimbursement, 401(K) match, adoptions assistance.
Go to the second run or Dollar Theater Sure you won’t see it the day it comes out but Hollywood hasn’t been doing much worth the extra expense IMAO.
Start or join a book club It is cheap and it great entertainment as well as being social with a real live person.
Quit Smoking it isn’t getting any cheaper and it will save you money in the long run on medical expenses.
Try grounding yourself for a period to reset your life style “ For a month stop watching TV or playing video games or whatever mindless thing sucks up your time. When the month is over you will find you didn’t need it much after all.
Offer services instead of gifts A night of babysitting can be more valuable than gold.
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