Caring for a family on a single income increases the financial burden for just about any household. Utilizing energy and water saving practices as well as coupon shopping are easy ways to save money in very little time each month.
Saving money on Heating
Introducing a couple of simple household practices into your routine can help save on energy costs. During winter months keep the house a few degrees cooler than normal and wear a sweater. Close doors and vents in unused rooms to conserve energy. Heat your home with solar power by opening the blinds when the sun is out and closing them after dark or when it is overcast. In the summer the opposite will help keep the house cool, keep the blinds shut when the sun is out. Let the breeze and ceiling fans cool the house when possible instead of relying on air conditioning. In as little time as it takes to open and close the blinds you can reduce the amount you pay on utilities each month.
Conserve Water, Conserve Money
The water bill is another place that it is easy to reduce spending each month through a few simple practices. One common overuse of water is filling the bathtub; taking a quick shower instead will help drastically reduce the amount of water you use. Running the dishwasher and the washing machine only when they are full is another way to save. Keep in mind that it is unnecessary to pre-rinse the dishes if your dishwasher is in good shape. Gardens and house plants are another big water drain but you don’t have to sacrifice them. Watering plants with the water you take out of your fish tank not only helps save water but also makes good fertilizer for the plants. Catching and using rain water and xeriscaping your yard are also great ways to cut down on your water bill.
Save Money with Grocery Coupons Online
Along with utility costs another large expenditure that is easy to reduce in just a couple of minutes each week is the cost of groceries. Purchase a coupon organizer divided into the areas you shop for most often and spend a couple of minutes each week organizing the coupons you receive. Place the coupons for things you need with your shopping list so that you remember to bring them to the store. For those of you who do not want to clip coupons there are now websites which allow you to load coupons directly onto your shopper’s card to be redeemed automatically at checkout with no clipping necessary.
Following these simple everyday practices will help reduce the amount your family spends every month on utilities and groceries making more money available for important expenses or a fun family outing.