Mogie December 19, 2016 at 9:03 pm Log in to Reply So many money saving ideas. Take showers not baths (saves water and you don’t soak in your own filth…lol) Flush the toilet every poo or every other wee wee Turn the water in the shower off while you lather up Use only a very small amount of shampoo and lather only once (don’t rinse and repeat) Apple cider vinegar rinse for dark hair Use CFL’s instead of old fashioned bulbs (they use a lot less electricity) Consider a wood stove instead of a furnance Offer to clean someones wood shop for the scrap wood for your stove Make sure to season your wood (let it sit chopped for about a year) It is much easier to clean flooring instead of carpeting (no need to steam clean a hard floor) Wash your laundry in cold water Wash only full loads Line dry instead of using the dryer when possible Compare insurance costs every few years Increase your deductible on auto insurance Have someone show you how to change a flat and do basic car repair Only run your dishwasher when needed (for us that is every 3 days approx.) Use half the recommended amount of dishwasher detergent Use half the recommended amount of soap when doing laundry Use your old paint before it goes bad (most any color works as a primer) Don’t worry about keeping up with the neighbors and don’t water your lawn Use water you would poor down the drain to water inside plants Turn the water off when you brush your teeth Don’t eat out cook from scratch Double the recipe and freeze the extra Invite people over instead of going out Don’t spend money on cable TV. We use an antenna Use your library for free internet Listen to the radio more if you are only seeking background noise Shop at your local Salvation Army Don’t subscribe to newspapers or magazines. Most of that info you can g et online See if you qualify for anything like food stamps If you can consider chickens. They are natural bug eaters and lay eggs too Walk or ride a bike Use public transportation Carpool with others Plan your trips (errands) so that you do them a few times a week instead of everyday Brown bag your work lunches or beverages (it adds up fast) If your water heater in pre 2000 consider a timer for it (we saved almost $15 a month doing this) Remember to insulate everything (water heater, window, doors, any gaps) Open your window when possible for fresh air Always reduce, reuse & then recycle Haul your own garbage to the dump or combine with neighbors to do this If you leave the room turn your tv, computer or lights off Learn to plan and prepare meals from scratch (generally better for you and much cheaper) Save leftovers from tonights meal for lunch tomarrow Change your phone service to Magic Jack ($6 a month and unlimited long distance in the US) Do you really need a cell phone??? Use a crock pot instead of heating up the oven If you do use the oven turn it off about 5 minutes before most it’s done If you are heating up the oven cook things like baked potatoes for the next days meal also Consider making your own cleaning supplies (baking soda and vinegar) And the list is nearly endless. Make it a game and challenge yourself to save more every month.