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Tips for running your home on a budget
Easy ways to save money around the house
 
Published Monday, August 5, 2013 11:06 am
by StatePoint

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Save money on laundry by washing with hot water less often and purchasing clothes that can be washed at home instead of being dry cleaned.

Whether you are living paycheck to paycheck or have cash to spare at the end of the month, it’s wise to trim unnecessary costs. By spending less on the things you need, you’ll have more for the things your family wants. 

Do a quick assessment of the way you run your home, and you may find some smart ways to save. Here are a few helpful tips to get you started:

Thrifty kitchen:

In the United States, up to 40 percent of food goes uneaten, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Instead of throwing good food in the garbage, plan your meals for the week in advance, and purchase only what you need. Make a list before you go to the grocery store, and stick to it. This is also a good way to prevent making expensive impulse purchases.

Bulk up, pare down

If your home’s storage spaces allow for it, consider buying non-perishable staples in bulk. You can get certain items at a deep discount this way.

Pare down your kitchen expenses even further by switching from disposable to reusable items. For example, ditch the paper towels and napkins and buy a few sets of dishcloths and cloth napkins instead. It may result in a little bit of extra laundry, but it’s well worth it.

Laundry for Less

When shopping, read labels and stick to clothes that you can wash at home. By avoiding the dry cleaner and doing laundry at home, you’ll reduce your cleaning costs significantly.

You also don’t always need hot water to get your clothes clean. Instead, wash your clothes in cold water at a fraction of the cost.

Also, be sure to use a high-quality multi-tasking detergent known for long lasting freshness so you don’t have to use more to achieve the desired result. 

Energy economy

Lights on and nobody home? Make a household habit of turning lights off and unplugging unused appliances and electronics when you exit a room because they continue to zap energy and cost you money, even when they are switched off.

Also, consider swapping out your older appliances for newer models that are ENERGY STAR rated.

Also, get more bang for your electric bill buck by improving the insulation of your home. You’ll make the most of your climate control by caulking around doors and windows and sealing up cracks and wall cavities. The amount you save on utility bills in the months ahead will go well beyond offsetting the upfront costs.

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