Are you saving?
A lot of us are looking for ways to save, but finding ourselves short on time. Honestly though this doesn’t have to be a roadblock. This article is going to overview just 11 simple ways (there are plenty more) to start saving quicker than you probably thought possible – both time and money.
Cook in Bulk
Cooking enough meals to fill your freezer so you don’t have to worry about cooking every single night can be a huge time saver. The meals should be things that reheat well, to ensure dinner is a simple warming up affair rather than starting from scratch. The bonus? You’ll likely end up saving some cash too by planning your meals ahead of time. Try a monthly menu!
Don’t pack your fridge
This might sound funny, given the stocking your freezer tip, but a fridge filled with food is likely a poorly organised place where food can go to waste accidentally. Nothing is more frustrating than realising you DID buy broccoli, but it got stuck at the back and needs to be thrown out – that’s as good as flushing dollars down the drain!
Regularly clean your pantry
Just like you want to keep the fridge organised effectively, you should also be regularly sorting through your pantry and cupboards. Are there things in there going to waste, or seldom being used? Why waste the space and money to keep them, when you could likely give them away and be more aware of what you have.
Coupons and vouchers/deals and discounts!
Couponing and using vouchers in today’s society takes less time than ever – a lot of coupons that would have had to be clipped can now be printed or pictured on your mobile phone. Take some time before you go to the store (be it grocery or any store) and check if your items are on sale. A few dollars saved here and there may not seem like much, but it will add up significantly over time! Cashrewards have a terrific and very easy way to shop and always get a discount with money back to you too!
Free entertainment can still be fun entertainment
Today’s marketing world is built around making you think you have to spend money to have fun. The reality? It’s just not true. You can have a movie night at home just as easily as at the theatre, you can bake pastries better than a lot of things you can buy, and you can go out to the park with your family for free – as opposed to going out to eat together. You’d be surprised in taking the time to realise just how much around you is low cost (if not free).
Turn down the thermostat on your airconditioning
If you’re losing out on utilities, consider lowering your thermostat just a few degrees. This alone will start a savings spiral that will get you playing. Another great way to save with the thermostat is by programming it to not waste heat when nobody’s in, ensuring you’re not spending to keep nobody warm. Here’s some more ways to check if you’re saving on utilities.
Unplug unused electronic devices
Just like making effective use of your heat by adjusting your thermostat, you can save on electricity by unplugging devices when they’re not in use. This can be a simplified process of purchasing a power bar you can turn off and on all at once, and can save you a tonne over the months to come!
Use apps to be more effective at time management and saving money
There’s an app for almost anything these days, and most of them are free (or very cheap)! Download apps that you find help you be the most productive and efficient that you can be, and you’ll not regret it!
Dive into DIY
Do-It-Yourself (DIY) culture has become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason. You can save a lot of money just by figuring out what things around the house you can do for yourself and your family, and it can be a lot of fun learning how to get it done!
Skimp on the laundry – or just do it a little less
Doing laundry all at once in one or two large loads, rather than all throughout the week in multiple smaller ones, will save you a surprising amount of money. This isn’t always practical, but find the balance between when it needs to be done, and when it can wait. Find more laundry hints here.
Finally, take some time at the end of each month and go over your expenses and income. Figure out what went well and what could have gone better, and plan for a better month the next month. Budgeting is more effective the more specifically it’s done, so break down exactly what you expect to be paying out wherever possible to have the best chances of saving money this way.