Nobody likes spending money. Everybody likes to save money. However, every month, it seems more and more of us are burning through our savings. Or at the very least, not being able to save at all. Certain household bills are inevitable. You just can’t avoid them. However, there are certain bills you can not only cut down on but also save some money every month. Read on to find out more.
I can’t avoid paying certain bills for specific services. There is very little room for negotiation, so I usually just pay it within a reasonable time. However, when you’re trying to stick to a tight budget, or starting to save, there are a few things you can do.
It is a natural instinct to cut back on unnecessary purchases to save money. But you can also save some money paying for your necessary expenses as well. This especially includes your household bills, which cover your heating, electricity, and even cellular service. The ten following tips highlight useful ways to save money on these utilities:
Let’s briefly examine each tip in turn below.
Cutting the cord refers to giving up your traditional satellite or cable TV. Thanks to the internet, there are plenty of other options to get your entertainment from. Consider subscribing to a streaming service like Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
Even if you don’t want to cut the cord, you likely still get most of your entertainment online. This means you may be overpaying for cable or satellite channels you don’t need. Consider downgrading your TV service to one which only covers the channels you need like ACCN on Spectrum is the channel that you must subscribe to your current TV plan.
In my experience, you are less likely to make an unnecessary purchase if you don’t have the means to make it. Make a habit of leaving your credit cards at home. This way, you won’t be able to spend money, even if you are tempted to.
Storing cold water in the fridge is a great way to conserve water and reduce your water bills. A pitcher in the fridge means you have cold water available on-demand. You won’t have to run the tap for a few minutes for the cold water to start flowing.
Bathrooms can often spring leaks in the plumbing. Leaks lead to more water being wasted than normal, resulting in higher water bills. Check for any obvious leaks in your bathroom, especially the toilet, which can waste over 200 gallons of water every day!
Heating costs can be a significant expenditure, especially during the cold winter months. To save money, you don’t have to give up using heat. Adjusting the thermostat by only a few degrees can help you save money on your heating bills.
Like heating, air conditioning can also be a significant cost, especially in the summers. Saving money on air conditioning can be easier than you think. Turn on the ceiling fan with your central air conditioning to help cool air spread evenly and reduce A/C expenses.
Saving energy is not just good for you but also for the environment and the ecology. You may not know it, but many appliances in your home consume energy even when idle. You should make note of all electronics with a glowing light and switch them off when not in use.
Typically, it takes wastes less energy to cool a full freezer than to cool an empty one. When the freezer has only a few items in it, it has to work harder to cool them. The more items there are, the easier it is for the freezer to cool them. So it is usually a good idea to keep your freezer full. Even if you don’t have much to put in it, a water jug or icepack can work well to help.
Downgrading your internet plan may not sound like much fun, but it can help with serious savings. I started saving at least $12 every month when I downgraded, thanks to tiered Cox internet prices. If you can sacrifice speed and bandwidth to save money, do it. It will help you save more in the long run, while still allowing you access to the internet at home.