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Household Tips 47 Proven Ways to Economize at Home Every Day
47 Proven Ways to Economize at Home Every Day
Wash and reuse foil wrap.
Save "junk mail" reply envelopes for filing recipes,
Trade things you don't want with friends, neighbors,
Restrict family between-meal snacks to inexpensive
and healthful in-season fruit and vegetables, home-popped
corn, raisins, etc.
Become a "brown bagger". Take your lunch to work.
Save and reuse plastic sandwich bags and paper lunch
Tie soap remnants in a piece of nylon net and use as
a body sponge.
Crumpled up used aluminum foil is ideal for scouring
pots and pans.
Paper towels are expensive. Use washable cloth dish
Wash and reuse transparent plastic wrap.
Save empty plastic food containers for storing
leftovers & freezer use.
Don't throw away anything. Save everything for a
future garage sale.
Attend movies early when prices are generally lower.
Don't buy expensive gifts. Give exotic home grown
plants or bake a cake.
Give yourself a home permanent instead of paying top
prices at a salon.
Consider cutting your family's hair yourself.
Use plastic bread wrappers and produce bags for
Use washable cloth handkerchiefs instead of expensive
Organize a baby-sitting club with friends &
neighbors. Take turns.
Think in terms of doing it yourself rather than
hiring someone to do it, such as home repairs, painting,
garden work, cutting the lawn, etc.
Swap services with friends and neighbors who can do
things you can't.
Take advantage of free recreation, such as picnic
areas, libraries, public tennis courts, swimming areas,
parks, zoos, etc.
If you're not going out to shop, leave your credit
cards at home.
Learn about the many bargains at "no frills" discount
Avoid spending on "throwaway" items such as
disposable razors, flashlights, pens, toothbrushes, paper
cups & plates, diapers, cigarette lighters, etc.
For parties, use reusable plates, cups, glasses,
utensils, napkins-instead of expensive paper and plastic
Pay credit card charges when they become due so
interest isn't added.
When buying big-ticket items, learn all about them
from consumer magazines and guides before you buy. You
will be less apt to make a bad choice.
Garage sales and flea markets are excellent for both
selling and buying.
Start your children earning money at an early age.
When buying insurance, pay the premium annually.
It's less expensive in the long run than paying monthly,
quarterly or even semi-annually.
Check all monthly bills closely, including your bank
balance. Big companies can and do make mistakes.
Examine your check at restaurants to make sure no
error has been make.
Buy things out of season for big savings, such as
Grow your own herbs and spices in window-sill flower
Coffee is expensive. Brew only as much as your
family will drink.
Save and sell recyclable materials such as aluminum,
Don't spend for extra ice cubes. Store them in
plastic bags in the freezer.
Bread becomes stale more quickly in the refrigerator.
Store it at room temperature or in the freezer.
Learn about auto upkeep and how to do minor repairs
Don't look for a new apartment until after the peak
renting season is over.
Instead of buying gorgeous house plants, get cuttings
If you need a lawyer, carefully investigate his fees
Be wary of banking gimmicks. Be sure you get the
best deal in town.
Shop at discount and variety stores for biggest
savings on cosmetics.
Dilute your shampoo with small amount of water - for
Before buying anything new, ask yourself if you
really need it.
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