Save More Around the Home – Guest Post

This is a partnered guest post.

More and more people are making the decision to cut back on their spending and want to make an effort to live below their means. If you are one of these people yourself, you may have the big goal in mind of paying off your credit cards, student loans and other debts. Or you may want to simply stop wasting money unnecessarily so you can save more. So just how can you save more around the home? Here are some ideas:

Trim Insurance Costs: You may not be aware of it, but the fact is that insurance companies regularly adjust their insurance rates. So you may think you have cheap house insurance in place, but there may actually be a better deal available to you. You can easily price shop to see if you really do have cheap house insuranceby using a price comparison website online.

Cut Down on Energy Costs: Many people view their utility bill as an expense beyond their control, but there are some things you can do to cut back on this monthly expense. You can install a programmable thermostat, and add weatherstripping to doors and windows as needed to make your home more energy efficient. If permitted in your area, you can also shop for a lower rate on utility costs and consider switching utility companies if possible.

Plan for Leftovers: With some basic meal planning techniques, you can drastically cut down on your grocery bill each week. Consider planning at least a few meals each week that provide you with leftovers that can be eaten the next day for lunch or for dinner. Some of these options may include soups, casseroles, and pasta dishes. In addition to saving money, eating leftovers can save you time in the kitchen, too!

Look at Your Cable TV Costs: Few people want to completely give up their cable TV, but there may be a more affordable option available to you. Consider dropping back to basic cable and then using more affordable options like Hulu, Netflix, and others for additional viewing options. Some people are canceling their cable plan altogether and are watching their favorite TV shows online. This can save you a considerable amount of money each month.

Check Out Your Phone and Data Usage: Phone and data plans are often put in place and then not adjusted for months or years. Yet most people’s phone and data needs change over time, as do the rates offered by different providers. It is a good idea to take a closer look at the plans you have in place, and consider if cutting back is a feasible option. Then price shop based on your needs to see if changing to a different carrier or plan would save you money. Many people are surprised at just how much money they can save by shopping for different plans.

These are just a few of the ways you can start saving around the house immediately. Take a closer look at how these tips can help you cut down on your monthly expenses today!

 

Anne

I’m a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I’m on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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  1. We don’t have cable. Our phones are only basic, and Hubs has had all unnecessary things removed. Great tips.

  2. Smart ideas!

  3. love the ideas!

  4. we are considering dropping cable down to basic tired off all the bulloney since we hardly watch all those channels anyway such a rip

  5. Great ideas. I think I might die without cable LOL. Though hubs is now driving a motorcycle so that cuts down considerably on gas costs

  6. We don’t even have cable anymore…good tips!

  7. Great ideas! I actually just cut bsck on my cable.

  8. I like to cook a little extra for a couple of days so that I can have a day of no cooking.

  9. I am a utility warden. Since we have 2 a/c & heating units in our home I make sure when we go to bed at night the downstairs unit is at the right temp for not being used and vice versa first thing in the morning!

  10. These are some great tips – thanks!

  11. I would love my hubs to cut back on cable costs!

  12. Thanks for sharing these money saving tips!

  13. I try to cut costs in any way that I can

  14. Great tips!

  15. I have a very different approach. I find a way to get the services that I want, I don’t believe in having to give up anything.

  16. Cable Package and Cell Phone is a huge chunk of our monthly bills.. sigh.

  17. Excellent ideas!

  18. Great ideas!!!

  19. I do the leftover idea, usually twice a week. I like it for the convenience, too. 🙂 Great tips!

  20. I agree that scaling back on cable and using Netflix or Hulu would definitely save money. Good ideas here!

  21. Great ideas!