Painless Ways To Save Money

Date Friday, October 3rd, 2008

The only way to truly save money painlessly is to not have to give anything up to do so. So how exactly do you go about doing that? Well it might sound all but impossible, but it’s actually quite easy, you just have to put your thinking cap on and be willing to think a little outside the box. The following are some great ideas, hopefully they will get you brainstorming and you’ll come up with even more ways to save money without making huge sacrifices.

Slash utility bills-you might not want to go without air conditioning, heating or the myriad of appliances your use on a daily basis and you don’t necessarily have to in trying to save money. One of the best ways to save money on utilities is to harness the power of nature. You could collect rainwater in a tank to slash water bills, or install solar panels for free electricity. Although these installations will involve an initial outlay they will enable you to save money in the long run painlessly.

Freebies-collect all of the freebies you can get your hands on. Many websites offer free samples. Some of the free samples regularly on offer include coffee samples, food samples, feminine hygiene products and even condoms. In your favorite search engine type in free samples and the results will reveal a list of websites offering just that. Most of the items you can receive are things you would ordinarily have to purchase at the grocery store so the savings might surprise you.

Think and buy reusable-today so many items are made for a single use only. Over time this means the consumer spends much more money then they need to. Consider cleaning aids like scourers, chux, disposable mop heads and the likes. Many people are using and replacing these items every grocery shop. Instead buy items that are made to last for a minimum of several months. Using a traditional broom or mop that is built to last for several years or switching to razors where you only replace the cartridge not the whole razor will save you money and really isn’t a painful task.

Make use of what your given-so many of the things we are given just get wasted. From the little right through to the big try and make use of everything. For example fast food outlets typically supply you with a wad of napkins with each meal. Save the unused paper napkins and keep them in a draw at home, you will most probably find you never need to buy paper towels again. One of the perks of your job could be a fully maintained vehicle, if this is the case arrange drives and free activities like bushwalking for the weekend, instead of spending money on outings. Really analyze what’s available to you and how you can use it to save money.

DIY-making or doing something for yourself can save a lot of money and you might even find that this is a great way to experience a new hobby. One of the simplest things you can make yourself that will save a few dollars each month is basic cleaning supplies. Instead of purchasing floor cleaner, multipurpose spray, bathroom cleaner etc. etc. just mix a little vinegar with water. It is an effective cleaner that can be used on virtually all floors and surfaces around the home for a fraction of the price of pre mixed cleaners. Consider what else you are capable of making for yourself or what odd jobs you can do around the home. You could make your own cosmetics, candles, grow your own herbs or produce and make your own sauces and jams from scratch, the options are endless.

If you were to follow just these few tips you would be able to save hundreds to thousands of dollars each year. That’s not a bad effort considering your not been asked to give up luxuries like your designer shoe fetish, cable television subscription or gym membership. So why not start to make a few simple changes today!

by Kimberley Heit

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