Looking for simple ways to save money at home? I know I always am, and I asked my readers on Facebook last week what their favorite money saving tips were. So today I'm sharing with you 5 ways to save money at home.
1) Turn off your cable. We recently switched from cable to Amazon Fire and instantly shaved close to $100 off of our monthly bills. My only question about this is "Why didn't we do this years ago?" We still are able to watch most of our shows, plus we have a ton of movies to choose from. The only thing that isn't the best about this is live sports, according to my husband. But overall, this was a fabulous way to save a decent chunk of money.
2) Turn your thermostat up a few degrees in the summer and down a few degrees in the winter. We keep our air conditioner set at 79-80 degrees. I know that some of you will probably think that is just crazy, but if I start feeling warm I just step outside for a minute then go back inside and enjoy the cooler air. The same (well, I guess it's the opposite) goes for the heater. Turn it down a few degrees and put on a sweater if you get cold. Doing this saves a lot of money on our electricity bills.
3) Call your cell phone provider and ask for a lower rate. We recently did this because we were thinking of switching to a prepaid service provider. We ended up staying with our current cell phone provider because they matched the prepaid price, which now saves us about $65 a month with no change in service. Except now I have unlimited texting and before I didn't. So in this case, we're actually saving money and getting better services.
4) Eat at home or pack your meal to go. We eat almost all of our meals at home. Our grocery bill does run high (and I'm working hard on that!) but compared to eating out, it's a very smart way to save money. I pack my husband a lunch for work every day now. He used to buy lunch 5 days a week, which cost us about $40 a week, so over $150 a month. We cut that expense down drastically and now I estimate that it costs about $30 a month for his lunches, so a savings of $120 a month.
5) Go Solar with Sunrun and let nature work for you. If you really want to cut your electricity costs, consider Sunrun solar. This is something that I dream of doing, and would love to do someday soon. If you're a homeowner who has been considering going solar, you could start saving money immediately on your electricity bill with Sunrun.
- Electricity from Sunrun is more affordable than electricity from your utility.
- Sunrun invented solar service, a way to get solar on your roof without the high upfront cost and hassle of ownership.
- Sunrun installs, insures, monitors and maintains a solar system that is designed specifically for you and your home. You just pay a low, locked-in rate for the electricity that the panels produce.
- Sunrun gives you control over your electricity costs and protects you against unpredictable electricity rate increases.
- Sunrun monitors your solar system's production remotely, so you have peace of mind.
- Sunrun solar is a win-win; good for your wallet, and good for the planet.
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