Finding ways to cut back on household expenses can save you upwards of hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars per year, depending on the size of your family. But there are a few ways you can cut back on those pesky costs to repair or replace things around the house. Here are just 10.
1. Use plastic shopping bags in small garbage cans instead of buying trash bags.
2. Hand-wash your clothes and hang them on a drying rack, around the house, or outside on the clothesline (for those who don’t have washing machines). This saves on the cost of washing and drying clothes at a Laundromat. For those who do, this helps cut back on energy costs.
3. In need of ant repellant? Don’t buy an expensive, toxic spray. Instead, use cornstarch. It’s cheap and very effective.
4. Buy store brand products (including groceries, medicines, cleaning supplies). You can even make your own cleaning supplies using common household items.
5. Use common foods on your hair, such as coconut oil, which you can also cook with. Mayo makes an excellent deep conditioner, coconut oil, a good moisturizer, and olive oil, a great sealant (to hold in moisture).
6. Make your children wear hand-me-downs instead of buying all new clothes. Your bank account will thank you. Or check out local consignment shops. Often these places will have new clothes for more than 70% off of what you would’ve paid at a retail store.
7. Mend any clothes with holes instead of replacing them.
8. Schedule all appointments together to save on trips to the doctor’s office. This saves you on gas and on time.
9. Save money by doing minor household repairs yourself, but only if you’re confident you can fix it without potentially making the problem worse. Repairing cracks using caulk is one repair that doesn’t take much skill or effort. Ask a friend to help, pick up a how-to book, or look it up online. If it seems easy enough, attempt to DIY.
10. Cut down on your cable bill. If you’re like me, you have hundreds of channels, but never enough time to watch them all. Check your cable bill and see if you’re paying extra for something you don’t even use. In fact, it’d be wise to do this will all of your monthly expenses. Trim the fat and keep it moving.
Cutting the fat may not be easy, but if you want the most out of your services for the least amount of money, or if you want to save for that summer vacation next year, it’s necessary. After a while, you may not even miss the way you used to do things, especially if you’re saving hundreds per year.