You can find easy ways to cut back on everyday costs without majorly changing your lifestyle. Follow these simple changes and watch your savings grow.
1. Drive More Efficiently
There are many ways to save money driving. Use your car less. Reducing the number of trips you make in your car will reduce your fuel costs. Combine your errands to save time and gas. Share your car and car pool. If driving to and from work is causing you to spend a ton on gas and mileage, consider carpooling as a good travel solution. If you rarely need a car, you could consider selling it and car sharing instead. Always search for the cheapest gas nearby, download apps that can help with this. You also may want to consider buying a fuel-efficient car that can save you thousands of dollars in fuel costs.
2. Cut Energy Costs
Say goodbye to pricey electric bills. Start with getting an energy audit from your power company. Most companies offer this free of charge and it will give you a hint of the areas where you could trim your energy use. Install dimmer switches so you only use as much light as you need. Consider line-drying your laundry. Hanging your clothes on a clothesline outside or a drying rack will reduce energy costs greatly. Don’t forget to routinely change your air filter to prevent your air conditioner from using more energy.
3. Find Deals on Everyday Items
From coupons to sales, it’s important to keep an eye out for deals on necessary everyday items. Write a shopping list so you only buy what you need. If you have a favorite store such as Publix or Walmart, consider downloading the store app to access coupons and deals that day. Buying in bulk can also save you money. Store the extra supplies somewhere in your house. Not only will you save money but you will save yourself a trip the store.
By implementing these simple tips into your daily life, you will have extra cash for that family vacation you’ve been wanting to book, pay off the overwhelming debt that accumulated over time or save for your kids’ college fund.
By: Antoinette Vitale
April 3, 2018