I’m exhausted from listening to the same methods of saving money that continue to be propagated; carpooling, switching to cheaper brands, and the like. If you’re searching around on the internet to find tips and hints to hold on to as many pennies as possible, then unless you have as little common sense as money to waste, you’ll have already employed all the common strategies and are in need of some effective and lesser-known ways.
Well, have I got a gift for you!
1. DISCOVER BAKING SODA
Baking soda is something you need to become acquainted with if you’ve already tried everything else to save money. Sodium Bicarbonate is good for:
- Washing your clothes
- Cleaning your teeth
- Cleaning your kitchen or bathroom
2. SWITCH TO CANDLES IN THE EVENING
Lighting costs enough anyway even if you are militantly vigilant on which lights are left on or turned off when. But on top of that, having bright lights on into the evening or nighttime is awful for your health and your brain’s attempts to calibrate a proper body clock (circadian rhythms). Switch to candles in the evening and:
- You’ll sleep better
- Feel less stressed
- Save money in the process
3. RUN TO WORK
Most of you live closer to your place of work than warrants a vehicle. You switched to a more fuel-efficient model. You shared a lift. You switched to the bus, and then to the bike. But if you downgrade entirely to running the commute you’ll:
- Get fitter
- Kick-start your motivation for the day’s work
- Have met your exercise quota and gotten it out of the way
- Probably get there quicker than public transport!
4. GROW YOUR OWN VEGETABLES
We should all be eating more greens, and the best thing about them is you can grow your own! If you do you’ll:
- Learn a valuable and rewarding skill
- Know exactly what you’re getting
- Always have free snacks
5. SHOP ONLINE
Why go to the supermarket for groceries when some deliver now? Why go on a mission to the retail park when sites like Internet-Ink sell supplies online for cheaper? The age of the internet has rendered physical trips to the store almost redundant. Shopping online:
- Saves money on travel
- Let’s you peruse stock and competing stores more easily
- Is something you can do in your underwear and slippers!
6. GET A PAIR OF HAIR CLIPPERS
I’m a male with a terrible haircut and I still pay £8 every few weeks to get it done at a barber. I can only imagine what those of you with enviable locks must shell out. Good clippers at home will mean you:
- Can trim and style yourself for free
- Tame an unruly beard
- Get that body-hair maintenance tended without a professional
7. LEARN DIY TRADES
The one that will save you the most money is simply getting on the internet and learning the basics of doing your own repairs and the like. Obviously, you can’t learn how to plaster a wall without a great deal of hands-on experience, but fixing a TV, re-facing kitchen cabinets, or installing showers and window blinds all seem like things one could learn how to do via the internet. There’re probably forums and groups for all the 6 aforementioned money-saving strategies too, so you’ve no excuse.