If you’ve been trying to cut your expenses and save money, you might find yourself running out of ideas. Sure, you know to cut out your morning coffee and to dump cable, but what about the other ways that you don’t normally think about? They can be very easy to miss! These 15 Unexpected Ways to Save Money in Your Daily Life are just a few of those easy to miss ways. Take a look to see if there are any that you can do to help cut your expenses even further.
15 Unexpected Ways to Save Money in Your Daily Life
- Use unpaper towels instead of the disposable ones. They may be more expensive to start, but using unpaper towels will save you big over time. In fact, just one can often replace 10 or more rolls of regular paper towels.
- Make your own homemade beauty and homemade cleaning supplies instead of buying them. Need ideas? Check out this recipe for Homemade Laundry Soap or this easy tutorial on How to Make Makeup Remover Pads.
- Reuse and recycle items in your home. Before you throw something out, double check to make sure there isn’t a way you can reuse that item somewhere else.
- Turn the fridge thermostat down to 3. It doesn’t need to be set any higher than that.
- Use a clothes line to dry your clothes. If you must use the dryer, use it during off peak times when you’ll pay less for energy.
- Tighten your gas cap. Your car won't have to work harder and use more gas to run normally.
- Buy blocks of cheese and shred them yourself instead of bags that are pre-shredded. The blocks are cheaper and the same exact thing.
- Skip boneless skinless chicken breast. Instead, buy it with bone and skin and take care of it yourself. You’ll save $0.20/lb or more on average.
- Lay out toilet paper for young kids. It can be hard for them to tell how much is too much. Pull it off for them instead of just letting them handle the roll. You’ll stop going through so much.
- Add a small bottle of water to the back of your toilet to help displace water and use less with each flush. If the bottle floats, fill it with rocks to help weigh it down.
- Unsubscribe from store email lists. You’d be surprised just how much that “Save 20% off coupon code!” email can cost you.
- Use gray water. Know that water in your bathtub or sink that is going down the drain when you brush your teeth? Collect it in a bucket and use it to water the flowers or wash the car. Just be sure to never add water that has soap in it to your garden.
- Use the library to rent books and movies instead of buying them. You’ll save big bucks over the course of a year and the selections are just as large as most brick and mortar stores.
- Check your local event calendar instead of heading to the movies or an amusement park for fun. Chances are there is a free festival or other event that you could attend for a great time!
- Use your slow cooker more often. This can actually save you money in more ways than one. First, it doesn’t heat up your home. Secondly, it uses significantly less power than a stove or oven.
Most of these are really easy to do and while individually they won’t save you buckets of cash, combined they will. They’re great for the veteran saver or those who are new to living frugally and are so simple that anyone can do them! Which ones are you going to try?