How to Save Money In Your Home

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Everyone needs a little bit of extra cash in their pockets. When you have a spouse and a family, there are only a certain amount of hours in the day. With such little time, it is impossible to get a second job or some kind of side hustle to help your bank account grow. It would appear that the only solution to saving money is to remove bills from the equation so that the extra money can stay in your account, and you can use it for savings or to provide a little bit more for your family. How are you going to go about removing those pesky bills? Here are a few ways you can save money using your own home to make your bank account grow. 

Shop Smart at the Grocery Store

If you were to open your cabinets or pantry right now, you probably have hundreds of dollars of food that you will never eat. One of the biggest money wasters in the home is buying too much food that will be wasted. When we grocery shop, we tend to buy things we think we are going to need or we might need for a certain event. If you don’t need it right then and there, don’t buy it. 

Start shopping smarter at the grocery store. Create what is known as an “active shopping list.” What that means is that you are only going to buy food that you are definitely going to eat and that you are definitely going to cook. The goal is that at the end of each week your cabinets should be bare because you have not wasted anything you purchased at the store. With no leftovers, that means there is no waste, and you will soon find you have extra money in your account. 

Eat Healthier Foods

A lot of processed and quick to cook foods have a lot of preservatives and chemicals in them to prolong their life. The sad part about that is they harm your health and the health of your family. When you decide to go a bit more organic and buy fresh fruits and vegetables from a farmer’s market, you will soon find that shopping fresh is a lot cheaper. It’s a win/win when you save money and you are improving your family’s health. 

Start buying more organic foods in order to save money. Because there are no preservatives in the food, they won’t last as long as other fruits and vegetables you may buy from your local grocery store. This will force you to cook the food and use the ingredients for a healthy meal your entire family will love. In the end, your account balance will also be healthier. 

Simply Drink More Water

The human body needs anywhere between half a gallon to a full gallon of water a day. With that, drink more water in the house, and do yourself a favor and drink the water from the tap. What many people don’t know is that tap water is actually better for you than bottled water. With bottled water, you do not know how long that water has been sitting in a truck or sitting in a warehouse, and that means you don’t know how long the chemicals from the plastic bottles have been potentially seeping into your water. Water from the tap is fresh and clean and it is FREE. 

When you switch to water only, you will stop buying iced teas, sodas, and fruit drinks. All of those alternative beverages can add up and become quite costly. Once again, you will be doing something healthy for your family while you are doing something healthy for your finances. 

Switch to Clean Energy

Energy bills can dig a deep hole in your pocket. Keeping the house warm in the winter and cool in the summer starts running up bills you didn’t even know were possible. What if there was a way to eliminate energy bills all together? When you switch to clean energy that’s exactly what happens. 

When you install solar panels in your home, not only do you eliminate energy costs, but solar panel ROI is immeasurable. When you install solar panels, you will most likely have to go on a payment plan to pay them off. It may be a bit costly, but when they are paid off, you will no longer have energy bills and the amount of money you will save compared to how much they cost will be well in your favor. What’s more is that solar panels also increase the value of your home, so you will be saving money and increasing the value of your investment putting even more money into your pocket. Also, you will be doing your part to help the planet. 

Make Small Repairs As They Arise

Home renovations and repairs are some of the biggest costs that homeowners have to pay out. You may be wondering, “how do I eliminate that?” The answer is simple, make small repairs as they are needed. Don’t wait to fix something small because if you do then it will turn into a huge repair that you will not be able to fix yourself. 

If a door is loose on its hinge, tighten it. If a cabinet knob or hinge needs to be fixed, correct the flaw. Patch walls, fix windows, secure outlets, and keep an eye on heating and cooling systems and hot water heaters. The minute something needs to be repaired, get to it. If it’s small and you still can’t do it, you can probably find a handyman who can fix it for cheap.

The longer you wait to fix something small, the more money it will be to fix it because the problem is going to become too large for you to fix on your own. Leaks can damage walls and create mold, and if something like that happens, you will have a job on your hands that will cost thousands to fix.

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