Every household should have a budget. Some money experts even recommend that you run your household as if it was a business, keeping track of income and expenses with software. Maybe you don’t want to count every penny, but you should give consideration to save where you can. Following are seven best saving tips for every household.
Saving on Food
There’s a lot of disagreement about whether it’s cheaper to make food from scratch or if it’s less expensive to buy processed food. Now, if you don’t have a lot of kitchen skills, you could end up wasting a little bit of money on food, but that’s just until you get the hang cooking from scratch. But after you have used a few basic recipes and sharpened your kitchen skills, you’ll definitely see how much money you can save by cooking from whole, unprocessed ingredients. Following are two basic recipes you can start with, even if you don’t have many kitchen cooking skills yet. And once you master these two recipes, you’ll be able to use them as the foundation to save a lot of money for your household.
Save Money Making Homemade Vegetable Broth
The next time you’re cooking vegetables at home, don’t throw away the scraps. The scraps can be used to make nutritious homemade vegetable broth. Some examples of vegetable scraps you can save to make broth include the tops of all vegetables, the peels, and skins from zucchini, potatoes, onions, peppers and more. Now, you aren’t going to make vegetable broth until you have a lot of peeling saved up. So what you want to do is get a large freezer bag. Keep collecting the scraps and adding them to the freezer bag. Keep the bag in the freezer so all your scraps stay fresh until you’re ready to use them. When it’s full, you’re ready to make the broth.
To do, fill a stock pot or large pan with water. Add all the scraps. You don’t have to worry about thawing them first, by the way. Bring the water to the boil, then reduce the heat to simmer. Put the lid on and let it simmer about an hour and a half. Next, strain the vegetables out and retain the liquid. That’s your vegetable broth. You can use it to make soup, stew, gravy, or just about anything that calls for liquid. You can even use it to make rice, which will impart flavor and added nutrients to your rice.
Save By Making Salad Wraps
Salad wraps can take a variety of forms. All you need is a flour tortilla to start. Lay out the tortilla and fill it with anything you want to make a salad wrap. It can be fresh vegetables and dressing, potato salad, macaroni salad, chef’s salad or any other kind of salad that you enjoy. This recipe doesn’t call for any special kitchen skills, yet it allows you to save money by making salad wraps you can bring to work, school or have at home for supper or lunch.
Saving on Utilities
One of the monthly recurring costs in every household is utilities. Your household might have an electric bill, gas bill, internet bill, television cable bill, water bill, and trash bill. All those expenses can really add up. but there are ways to save on each of them.
Save on Electricity
Save on electricity by turning off lights in rooms that aren’t being used. Use CLF services if at all possible to ensure that your electricity use is as efficient as it can be. Don’t use electric space heaters, which use a lot of energy. Unplug anything you aren’t using, to avoid useless energy waste.
If your home is heated or cooled by natural gas, install a programmable thermostat so you can reduce heating and cooling when there’s no one home. At night, turn down thermostat temps and use a heating blanket for warmth instead. Open windows on warm days and close the curtains when the sun is overheating your home. If your oven runs on gas, conserve energy by cooking in bulk once each week instead of cooking every single night.
Lower Internet Bills
It’s hard to save on your home’s internet since it’s become a necessity of life. But do you really need the fastest internet plan available? Maybe you can economize by switching to a less expensive plan tier. Shop around with other internet service providers to see if you can get a cheaper rate.
Save on Television Cable
Usually, people only watch a few favorite shows on television even though they may pay for 100 or more channels. Review your cable plan and see if there’s a less expensive channel package that you and your family would be happy with. Consider a television subscription package through Roku or Sling, which could save you hundreds of dollars each month.
Cut Down on Water and Trash Bills
There are lots of ways to use less water and save money on water bills. Repair all water leaks as soon as you discover them. Save the boiled water you cooked vegetables in for washing dishes, doing laundry, washing floors or watering plants in the home and garden. Use extra water from drinking glasses to water plants or brush your teeth. Take quick showers instead of filling the tub with gallons of water. To save on trash bills, cut down on the amount of packaging you bring home by buying in bulk or shopping at a farmer’s market. Put fruit and vegetable scraps into a compost pile instead of the garbage. Bypass the trash can and increase the number of items you recycle in the home. Place recycling containers in the kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom to make recycling even easier.
These are seven easy tips for saving money in your household. After just a month, you’ll notice the savings on your grocery bills and on your utility bills. Soon, saving money will be a household habit that you don’t even have to think about!