Thanks for the great tips!
|Mine is that, IME, it's not the little expenses (not flushing, reusing ziplock baggies, etc) that make a real difference in finances, it's the BIG things. Choosing to live in a smaller house, choosing not to upgrade to a better car, etc. Saving $100/month by going from a fancy cell phone to a prepaid phone is worth thousands of ziplock baggies, kwim?
I totally agree, but I already do the big things, so needed more ideas. We have two paid off (old) cars, live in a 600 sq foot rental, have only one prepaid phone with minimum minutes, etc. My husband just lost his job and his new one pays half what the old one did, and I'm still in interviews for a job. (Well, I got one but it wont' start til August. So I need something until then.) So I need to cut even more small things for a time because for us right now, every single cent counts.
Here are some of mine:
- I cook dinner in the crockpot in the garage. This avoids heating up the house, and I get a decent meal at the end of the day. I also use the microwave whenever I can, for simple things like heating vegetables and stuff.
- Open the windows at night and shut them in the late morning. There is usually only about a 3 hour window when it's stuffy and hot in the house, and during that time we're usually outside anyway. This cuts down on how much a/c we have to run.
- We garden and scavenge for food. Yesterday my husband spent an hour at his grandma's picking cherries for her. In payment he got to bring home a bag full for us. Another friend gave us two bags of spinach from their garden. An aunt gives us fresh eggs and sometimes whole (butchered) chickens. And our garden will supply a lot over the summer.
- I line dry all our clothes. On rainy days, I just skip laundry. I do use the dryer in the winter, but it helps to heat the house so I consider it sort of a bonus.