By not using any more than necessary, lots of products will last longer and you will be able to save money by not having to replace them as often.
Here are a few ways you can make sure you are only using what you need.
We all get in a hurry from time to time and don’t take the few seconds necessary to accurately measure out how much product we are using.
By taking the few extra moments to measure out things like your laundry detergent, food portions, shampoo, and more, you can easily shave a few dollars off your yearly budget.
A few dollars over the course of a year may not seem like much, but every little bit helps when you are trying to get out of debt.
Monitor Energy Use
Energy is also something many of us are careless about wasting. Buying and setting up a programmable thermostat is a great way to save on your home heating and cooling costs. You should also make sure doors and windows are properly sealed so temperature-controlled air isn’t escaping into the outside world.
You can also save on your electricity bill by making sure you turn off lights as you leave various rooms, turning off and unplugging electronic devices when you’re through using them, and using natural light whenever possible instead of turning on a light switch.
To save water you should take fast showers, avoid taking baths very often, don’t leave the water on while you lather, shave, or brush your teeth. You can also collect the water that is often wasted while waiting for your shower water to heat. This can be used for watering plants or pets.
Avoid Food Spoilage
I’ve talked about this one before, but by not allowing your fresh produce to spoil you are saving money. Often times this means buying less produce at the grocery store, but it can also mean making good use of leftovers or produce that is about to turn bad.
Recycle and Repurpose
Lots of food and other household products come in handy plastic or glass containers that can be reused or repurposed for other things. I use old coffee cans and baby formula cans to store nails and screws in my garage.
Some of the baby formula cans in my garage are the ones my parents bought when I was a baby! I also reuse my pickle jars (and other glass jars) to hold meat drippings when I cook and drain meat for my meals. This is better than putting it down the drain (so you don’t clog your pipes) and better than putting hot grease in a plastic trash bag (it can melt the bag if it’s still hot).
Once my socks have worn thin or have a small hole in them that can’t be easily or comfortably repaired, I used them as cleaning rags. I usually cut them in half the long way so they are easy to use for cleaning and don’t get mixed back in with my wearable socks.
I also use old t-shirts that are past their prime as garage or shop towels. It’s nice to be able to clean up a greasy mess in the garage and throw away the rage knowing it has been used many, many times before.
How do you use less?