1. When making meals, use more items like vegetables, pasta, and rice and fewer items like meat and seafood which typically are more expensive. Can’t think of any ideas? There are some great recipes on Pinterest, Yummly and other online recipe sites. Some of our favorites are noodles with a homemade cream sauce or a vegetable stir fry. So good!
2. Turn the thermostat down when you leave the house for long periods of time and during the night. Get cold easily? Throw on an extra layer of clothes or blankets. During the summer months avoid cranking up the air conditioner. Closing the blinds and curtains during the day can help keep it cool inside.
3. Cut items in half for double the use. Paper towels, dryer sheets and baby wipes are great examples. Some of the paper towel sheets are really big so cutting them in half still leaves a nice size towel to clean up spills.
4. Do a babysitting swap with trusted friends or neighbors. Quality babysitters can really cost you a lot of money. By swapping services with trusted friends and neighbors you can save on that cost. It’s also a great way for the neighborhood kids to build some great friendships.
5. Eat the food in your freezer and pantry. Don’t forget about that pork roast and frozen vegetables you purchased last month that is sitting in the back of the freezer. Your pantry might have great side dishes to go with it. Check your supplies on hand before heading out for dinner.
6. Plant a vegetable garden. Fresh from your garden vegetables are such a treat. Seeds and starter plants can be fairly inexpensive and you don’t need a green thumb to grow your own harvest. This alone can make a big impact on your grocery bill.
7. Make homemade house cleaners and laundry soap. There are an abundant amount of recipes online for homemade house cleaners and laundry soap. Using natural cleaners like vinegar is not only less expensive but healthier for you too.
8. Reuse & re-purpose paper and magazines. Paper with printing on one side only is great for jotting down notes vs. buying designer pads. Use newspapers or magazines to protect packed items instead of buying the spendy bubble wrap.
9. Prepare freezer meals so you are less tempted to order out when you don’t feel like cooking. We all have nights where cooking is the last thing we want to do. By planning ahead you can pull out a prepared freezer meal and let the oven do the work. You just saved a good chunk of money by not eating out and you don’t have to leave your house so that saves you money on transportation as well!
10. Keep things organized. A little organization keeps extra dollars in your pocket. Knowing where you have things placed will keep you from going out and purchasing something you already own. How many times have you purchased something because you just couldn’t find it? Or maybe you forgot you already owned it because it wasn’t where it belongs?
When you budget monthly you will see the impact these little changes can make in getting you closer to your financial goals! What are some home hacks that help you save some extra dollars?