It is so easy to spend money. From a trip to the supermarket just walking home from work, we can spend, spend, spend! A coffee here and there really adds up, as do the things that we do around the house. It seems like the world is full of instant gratification, and that the idea that if you don’t spend, you’ll be unhappy. But really, you’ll be the happiest when you can save some money for a rainy day and live within in your means, right? It seems like it is important more than ever to stay focused on your end goal of saving if that is what you want to do. You do have to make a commitment to change. Otherwise, it isn’t going to make a difference at all. So here are some things that you can start doing around the house today to save yourself some money. Some may just be pennies; some might be much bigger savings. But it does all add up over time. How is that for instant gratification?
Choose One Day a Week To Check Your Budget
Setting aside one day a week to check your budget and how your financial goals are going is the best way to stay on track. It is also a good idea to check on your spending, pay off credit cards and make allowances for any upcoming spending. When people pay out too much of things or go over budget, it is often because they do not check their money. They just keep spending and don’t dare to look at their bank statement. So stop that habit right away! Make sure you have a ‘date’ with your money each week. Then you can easily keep track.
Cut Out Unnecessary Costs
Are you currently paying out for quite a few direct debits each month? Do you have a TV license payment going out, as well as a cable TV payment? Think about how much you pay for this kind of thing and if they are really necessary. If you don’t watch much TV, then could you go without and then pocket the rest? There are other things too, of course. How about things like gym memberships and your daily Starbucks, for example? Do they get the use they should or are there options for you to exercise from home or make your coffee at home? If you’re going to commit to saving money, then some changes do need to be made.
Switch Energy Suppliers
One of the biggest expenditures that we have is our household bills. There is no getting away from them, unfortunately, unless we want to move and live off the land! So as they are an expense that is inevitable, it makes sense to check that you are getting the best deal possible. Why pay more if you don’t have to? A site like Simply Switch would be able to guide you through the process of switching your accounts if you’re unsure of how to go about it. You don’t want to just stick with the same old provider just because it is easier. Loyalty gets you nowhere with energy companies. So shop around and look for a better deal. Remember to read the fine print, though, so you aren’t locked into any lengthy contracts when you don’t want to be.
Make Your Home Work For You
Your home has cost you a lot of money to get it, so why not put it to work? There are several ways to make money from your home. So alongside some ways to save, you could be banking a significant amount on the side. One of the things that immediately springs to mind when talking about making money from your home is using a site like Airbnb. When you are planning to be away, you could rent out your whole house to people wanting to come over here for a trip. You could always rent out just one or two rooms for accommodation if you fancy that instead. You could also host international students if you live close by to a University or private school.
There is also the option of renting out your house to film crews. If you have a home that is decorated in a pretty neutral fashion and has something like a large kitchen, then it could be hired out for adverts or cooking shows. Just look online for all of the things you could earn money from your home doing. There are a lot of options.
Learn New Skills
When it comes to your home and DIY, then it pays to be able to make some repairs yourself. For some larger things, such as problems with your roof, then it makes sense to get a professional in to do the work. It can be much safer, and they’ll have all of the right equipment and ladders. But for smaller jobs, being able to do the jobs yourself is a massive help in saving some cash. If you can repair holes in the walls or do some small plastering jobs, then it will make a difference. The same goes for some basic plumbing and electrical issues. If you have a friends or family member that can show you the ropes, then that helps a lot. If not, there are a lot of tutorials online. Having said that, don’t attempt anything like plumbing if it could lead to a larger problem!
If you choose to make your home more energy efficient, then you will save yourself a bundle. Even just small things like washing your clothes on a cold wash, and not using a tumble dryer will save you money. It is also better for the environment. LED light bulbs are also a good way to save too, as they last quite a lot longer than normal light bulbs. But they don’t compromise on the light that many of their energy saving counterparts do. So it has got to be worth a try.