Saving money may seem difficult in the midst of an economy that drives us to spend our resources instead of saving them.
Commercial ads in all media offering products and services, as well as credits of all kinds, can make it difficult for you to save money to reach the more important goals.
Even so, applying simple tips can save money for that goal you have set for yourself, be it family vacations, home renovation, or even save for a college fund.
You only need to stick to discipline and apply the simple tips that we will show you below, and of course, maybe not everyone can take them to practice, but executing some of them is enough to bring you economic benefits:
A continuous drop on the tap, in the toilet or in the shower has a double negative effect. First, it generates tartar stains that are very difficult to remove –They are usually removable with expensive and dangerous cleaning items-, and second, it is a quantity of clean water that you are not using at the end of the month you are paying for it.
Something similar can be said with the installation of gas, although in this case, a leak will not generate stains, it is a potentially mortal and/or destructive risk for your family and your home. In short, repairing leaks saves money in the long term.
Going to the mall is a danger for almost all of us, although you may acquire the product that causes you to visit the mall, the rest of the showcases can become a real temptation and you may end up spending unplanned money on things you do not need.
Going to online stores offers you a solution to that problem, you can go to the search engine section and find what you are looking for.
In addition, subscribing to these stores usually offers benefits such as alerts of offers to the mail or social networks, as well as coupons discount and, according to the policies, you could get free shipping to your home.
Possibly you have some or many things in your home that you no longer use for one reason or another. Have you thought about selling them instead of just getting rid of them?
Maybe there are people looking to acquire something that you have in your home in disuse. Doing a garage sale will allow you to earn extra money in a short time, having to spend less time (time is money) to organize and clean your house and get free spaces in your home.
After obtaining free space in your house and cleaning it, condition it if necessary, announce it as space available for rent. Whether it is a bedroom, a flat, or any other living space, you can earn money from a rental –Some people even rent part of their home for storage purposes; you can even rent space in your garage to a neighbor who needs it for one of their cars.
For example, if you live in a tourist area you can rent it per day if you live in a city or near campus, it might be better to rent it for longer periods.
Use apps like Airbnb to expose your space and increase the possibilities of renting it, also find out about the rental prices of the area in which you live, as well as the legal conditions that may apply.
Eat Homemade Food
Undoubtedly it is a real pleasure to go out and enjoy a dish of foreign food, local and even junk food, whether it is breakfast, lunch at work, or dinner.
However, eating away from home can be a very significant money drain when you put it in context.
Recommending not to eat out again would be an exaggeration, but if you can reduce the number of times you do it, instead try to bring breakfast with coffee and lunch to your work more than once a week, the same for the Dinner, after all, you also lose valuable money every time you have to throw away something you did not eat on time.
Exchange Your Time
In case you are a father you will surely have needed an emergency nanny on more than one occasion to be able to attend to a certain issue, or to spend time with your partner; your neighbors must also face this same situation, so you can offer to take care of your children at times like these and hope to do the same with them when you need it.
Doing this will save you a lot of money, because getting a last-minute babysitter is always more expensive than scheduling a job with one, in addition, children may have a lot of fun.
Cancel Subscriptions That You Do Not Use
You may be surprised after analyzing the amount of money that you spend on monthly subscriptions. If you think that any subscription is no longer useful, then cancel it.
In this section include your television service, you are possibly among the high percentage of people who watch a few television channels, or you simply do not have much time to sit and watch TV.
Canceling these subscriptions will visibly improve your financial health, in addition, you can continue to receive digital versions of magazines, or obtain free newspapers, among other things at the local library.
Keep the Lights Off and Replace Them
Incandescent bulbs consume a lot of electrical energy, generate uncomfortable heat and their life span is short.
In contrast, LED bulbs are the most durable that can be purchased today, the light is usually less “irritating”, save energy and improve the appearance of the waterproof that illuminates.
Mainly, you will save money by reducing the size of the electricity bill each month, and while it may seem an investment too high in principle, in the long term you will save a lot of money.
Plant A Garden
Few things produce as much satisfaction as harvesting fruits, vegetables, and vegetables from your own garden; you only need to invest time, water, buy some seeds or use the seeds of the vegetables that you have in the fridge.
In addition to feeling the pleasure of giving your family a careful and harvested product by your own hands, you will save the money of having to buy it in the supermarket.
It may seem like little money, but when you add up everything you can save in a year sowing your own products, you will conclude that it’s worth the effort.
Repair Things Yourself
Thanks to the enormous amount of video tutorials that exist in social networks and different video platforms, as well as the rise of e-learning technology, today it is easier that than ever for you to do repairs in your home by yourself.
However, it is recommended that for some specific jobs you hire a technician, such as, for example, jobs related to electricity or to fix your car beyond basic mechanics.
Protect Your Electrical Appliances
All the equipment in your home that works with electricity is exposed to working with low or high voltage if they do not have voltage regulators, and it is recommended that you protect them from this anomalous condition in the electricity supply, which, although scarce, is possible.
Maybe your current economic condition prevents you from acquiring voltage regulators for all your electrical appliances, but you can do them a favor and keep them disconnected while you are not using them.
Bring Quality to Your Home
Although it sounds expensive, the best thing you can do for your home is to buy only quality items, regardless of whether it’s furniture, appliances, paint, anything.
Doing so will avoid having to constantly replace low or medium quality items, instead, you will have things that will last longer.
It is possible for you to buy things that you need with little use in second-hand stores, garage sales, among others. In addition, you should put the care of everything you have in your home and instill this same value in your children.
Wash Your Hands
It may sound simple, but unfortunately, many people do not have the habit of washing their hands, the result is that they expose themselves and expose their families to contract various easily preventable diseases.
Wash your hands especially before and after handling food (particularly applicable when handling meats), as well as before and after going to the bathroom.
This does not mean you should never get your hands dirty, in fact, that’s healthy, but do not overlook cleaning them. But avoiding unnecessary flu will at least save you the medicine money.
Each of the suggestions that we have offered you is simple to apply, you just need to organize well and, above all, not give up. Do not give up your determination to save money to achieve a goal, keep in your consciousness often help not to desist.
After some time, you will notice that you have better-living habits and that your financial health is more solid, but do not forget to set aside a certain amount of money every so often to give yourself a taste or enjoy with the family, so you will fight the feeling of austerity.