Whether you’re trying to get your budget in order or you’re saving up for a big purchase, there are a lot of ways to save money. Most people instinctively cut back on unnecessary purchases, but forget to consider the ways they could save on necessary purchases. Even when it comes to monthly household bills you have to pay (like utilities, cell service, etc.), there are plenty of ways to save more money!
Today’s post is packed with helpful tips that will help you do just that! From your TV service to your water bill and everything in between, these tips will teach you how to reduce your monthly costs while still getting the important services and utilities you need. Because paying your household bills and saving money should never be mutually exclusive! :-)
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13 Ways To Save Money On Your Household Bills
1. Downgrade your TV package. Check out the list of channels you get as part of your current cable or satellite package. If you are paying for channels you aren’t watching, consider downgrading to a cheaper package.
2. Cancel your cable or satellite service. There are so many affordable options out there for streaming TV and movies, which makes it easy to cut out your expensive cable or satellite bill. If you’re worried about missing out on your favorite shows, search for them on JustWatch.com to find out which streaming services offer them. That will help you decide which streaming service(s) you might want to switch to!
If you’re new to streaming but want to know more, read my guide to streaming at the link below. It has everything you need to know about what streaming is, how it works, and which streaming services you can choose from!
3. Leave your cards at home. If you have a hard time controlling your credit card spending, leave those credit cards at home! Put them away somewhere safe so you’re not tempted to use them. (Some people may prefer to cancel the card altogether, but cancelling any line of credit could potentially hurt your credit score.)
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4. Downgrade your plan. If you’re not utilizing all of the features of your current cell plan, consider downgrading to a less expensive plan. Pay-as-you-go and prepaid plans can be a great way to save money on household bills, especially if you don’t use a lot of data or minutes!
5. Put a bottle in your toilet tank. Fill a plastic bottle with water and set it into your toilet tank. The tank will then require less water to fill, meaning you’ll save water (and money!) every time you flush. (Avoid this if you have a high-efficiency toilet, because they already use less water than standard toilets.)
6. Check your toilet for leaks. A leaky toilet could waste up to 200 gallons of water every day! Here’s an easy way to check for leaks—add a drop or two of food coloring to the water tank. Wait for a few minutes, then check the water in the toilet bowl. If the color has moved into the bowl, you know you have a leak.
7. Keep a pitcher of water in your fridge. It’s an easy way to make sure you always have cold drinking water available. Then you won’t have to leave the tap running for a minute or two waiting for the water to run cold!
8. Use less A/C. When you use central air conditioning, turn your ceiling fans on too. This forces the cool air down lower, and you’ll be able to turn temperature up a few degrees without noticing a difference.
9. Use less heat. You can start to see savings on your energy bill just by dropping your thermostat a few degrees during the winter. Turn the heat down and throw on a sweater and some cozy socks!
11. Keep your freezer full. An empty freezer uses more energy than a full one, because it has to work harder to keep those items cold. If you don’t have much in your freezer, put a bag of ice or a plastic jug of water in there to help your freezer run more efficiently.
10. Turn things off. After it gets dark, walk around your house and take note of everything with a light on (power strips, electronics, appliances, etc.) These items are all using electricity constantly, so you can save a good amount of money by turning those things off when you’re not using them.
12. Run full loads. Hold off on running your dishwasher and washing machine until you have a full load. It’s an easy way to get the best bang for your buck in terms of energy usage.
13. Clean your appliances. Clean appliances use energy more efficiently than dirty or poorly maintained appliances. Check out the links below for full instructions on cleaning the following home appliances:
What’s your best tip for saving money on your household bills?