There are many ways we can save money by using simple hacks in our home. Some of these hacks may seem obvious or even a little outdated, however, during our busy schedules we can often forget these simple actions that can save us thousands!
1. Drink More Water!
Remember, it’s free. Apart from the obvious health reasons, why spend hard earned money on juice, soft drinks or even bottled water, when you can quench your thirst free of charge. If you think you’re choosing the healthy and hygienic option when buying bottled water, you may be wrong. In a test of 10 best-selling brands of bottled water, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found mixtures of 38 different pollutants including bacteria, fertilizer, and industrial chemicals. Not to mention the toxic BPA that you will find in plastic bottles. If you’re worried that your tap water isn’t completely pure, invest in a filter instead of wasting money on bottles of water every week.
2. Use a Clothes Line
It is understandable that a clothes line cannot be used at all times, especially in a climate such as New Zealand’s, but there can be ways around it. For example, you could build a clothesline in a dry or covered area such as your garage, or use clothes horses as an alternative. Your washing may not dry as fast but your power bill will drop considerably, and as long as you plan your washing in advance, your clothes should be dry in time for wear! On the odd occasion that you need to use your dryer, make sure you clean the filters after every use! When your dryer is free from fluff and lint it will operate more efficiently, saving you money.
3. Grow Your Own Food!
Create our own vege garden. This will save you a large amount out of your grocery bill every week! You can grow your own organic food, and we all know how expensive organic is. Choose vegetables you will get the most out of and that grow fast, such as herbs, lettuce and spinach!
If you want to take it a step further, buy some pet chickens. Depending on the amount of chickens you have, you could have fresh free range eggs every morning, saving you yet more money on your weekly supermarket run.
4. Invest in a coffee machine.
Technically this isn’t growing your own, but it saves you from buying it from a store! If you buy a coffee before work every morning, on average you are spending $20 a week on coffee, that’s over $1000 every year, and that’s for those of us that only drink one coffee a day. Investing in a coffee machine may seem expensive up front, but will save you lots in the long run.
Disclaimer: The above information is general in nature and not intended to be financial advice. You should consider seeking professional advice before following any suggestions in this blog/website.