- Do you smoke? Quit! It’ll save about $2,000 a year — and your life. If you’ve tried but “it” didn’t work, call American Cancer Society for help: 1-800-227-2345 (1-800- ACS-2345).
- Eat at Joe’s—Not. Eat at home! It’s healthier for you and your bank account. I love to grill. I used to be a vegetarian. Now when I do eat, I grill it. It’s easy clean up, keeps the smell of meat and fish outside, and it changes up my routine of cooking. Depending how often you eat out, this could save you $1,000 just cutting your dining out in half! For the last two years, for Mother’s Day lunch, I grilled filet mignon and lobster tails, boiled some rice and put together a green salad. All under $25. for two of us! (And I knew there wasn’t any msg seasoning, or hidden fatty something to any part of the meal.)
- Wash your clothes in large loads, which saves water, and energy. If you just have a few colored clothes and are doing a load of whites, use Clorox Color Catchers. They really work. You can combine all your laundry rather than doing two small loads. If your clothes aren’t needing hot water, use cold or warm water. It gets them clean, is easier on your clothes, and saves energy. Air dry your clothes on a clothes line, or clothes rack. It’s easier on your clothes, too. This’ll save you $200 year, and your clothes will smell fresh-air great!
- Three different people told me last month they were insulating their homes. It’ll save them money in the long run. So will insulating your water heater, setting its thermostat at 120 degrees and installing an automatic timer to turn it off when not in use. Doing all of this can save about $500 a year.
- Unplug it. Did you know even when appliances are off, they still use energy? They use 5-10% of the total household electricity costs—when not in use! If you can’t be bothered with unplugging them after each use, use a power strip that can be turned off. This super simple act can save you $200 a year.
- Do your own lawn care. Mow the grass, pull the weeds, rake the leaves. Exercise and money saver all in one. It’s relatively easy for the average person. Now, people have flashy landscape, and someone else to tend to it. Think back. Most people didn’t have gardeners 30 years ago. (I was the one raking the leaves, 20 years ago, I was the one pushing the lawn mower — and the front yard looked fabulous!) Do it yourself could save you over $500 a year.
- Peeww! What’s that smell? I like a clean house. I hate the smell of cleaning supplies. To some, the smell means a clean house. I say it’s a cover-up; a waste of money, product and lack of effort on the person doing the job. Cleaning products can also shorten the life of your floors, tables, etc. Use less, if at all. Got stained coffee mugs? Use a teaspoon of baking soda and water to clean them out. Dust. No spray involved, and it spruces up the house way more than a smelly spray. Mop the floor with a little bit of cleaner. Sometimes the eco-friendly stuff isn’t as good, but it depends on the product you have, it’s purpose, and your commitment to the environment. Cutting back on using cleaning supplies could save the average American $1,000 a year. (That’s a lot of stinky stuff!)