Tuesday, August 2, 2011

8 Ways to Save Money

I don't like to spend much money if I can help; I get it from my dad. Minimalism is lovely, really. As author Tim Ferriss has said, the more things you have the more time you have to spend taking care of it.

Turn up the heat 
Turn up the thermostat when away for summer vacation. If you're away for a week or even 3 days, turn up the heat between 80-84 degrees F. Your couch doesn't need to feel nice and cool when you're away. The same idea is applied in winter, but rather keeping it cooler (mid 60s works) and not cranking the heat.

Dress weather appropriate…indoors 
Dress smart at home during the seasons. If it's winter, don't wear shorts and a t-shirt because I know you'll have/want to crank your thermostat. Just wear more layers, it won't hurt you. 

Avoid multiple trips 
Plan where you go so you don't have to make multiple trips. This is a double whammy, you save on gas and are being a touch friendlier to the environment.

 This is what I imagine when thinking of eco-friendly. (Isn't he adorable?)

Low watt bulbs 
Use low watt light bulbs. I'm sure this one is a broken record by now, but it sure is delightful to see a decrease in your electric bill.

Say no to shiny new toys 
Don't buy something just because its new and shiny. For example, I have had my laptop for 4.5 years and it works just fine. It may be considered a dinosaur, but it get's what I need done.

Leave the cravings to expecting mothers 
Stick to your grocery shopping list. Perhaps later your craving for *insert whatever your craving might be* will have gone and you have to toss out the 5 bucks you spent on it because it expired.

Clean your room 
Keep organized because when things are cluttered you forget where items are and buy unnecessary multiples you don't need.

 It looks like this person has a window in there closet. Nifty.

I get chills of how clean and tidy this bathroom is. This is what I'd call relaxing.

Know your budget 
As I've mentioned in my shopping post, know your budget and stick to it. By golly if you know that you only have enough money to pay this months bills, then certainly don't cause yourself  regret and heartache by spending unnecessarily. I quite understand the limits of this notion because I've gone through it myself enough times; not having "play" money for small or larger stretches of time. It's quite doable though.
Spend your extra time doing your forgotten laundry, perhaps some organizing, or learn something new like a card trick. You can show off this talent to a certain someone you're wanting to impress. Haha, there is always something to do folks.

Any other money saving tips in mind? Feel free to leave your own advice. =)

(All pictures provided by Google.)

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