Are you in a savings rut? Or worse yet, have you stopped trying to save money because you got tired of thinking about it? Even when you have a clear savings goal in mind, the process can become tedious and a little boring if you don’t change it up once in a while.
Challenge yourself to try some of these unexpected ways to save that can re-energize your efforts and help you get back on track toward your savings goal.
Use Multi-tasking Products – Cut down on cost and clutter by using a single product for a number of different purposes. Here are some examples to get you thinking outside the box (or can, or bottle):
- Employ nature’s dynamic duo of vinegar and baking soda for a number of cleaning jobs.
- Shave with conditioner, lotion or coconut oil instead of shaving cream
- Polish silver and brass with a dab of toothpaste.
Get Schooled- Find a barber or beauty school in your area and start going there for haircuts, blowouts, manicures and other grooming. It will cost you a fraction of salon prices and all work is supervised by instructors so you don’t have to worry about leaving with a Mohawk (unless that is what you want).
Take Shorter Showers- Save on water and power by shortening the length of your shower. If you’re feeling extra brave and motivated, try taking a cold (or lukewarm) shower – that’s guaranteed to get you in and out in record time.
Get a Garment Steamer- Save yourself the hassle, expense and chemical exposure of having your clothing dry cleaned. A few spritzes of fabric refresher followed by a thorough steaming will freshen garments and remove wrinkles for just pennies per piece.
Rethink Date Night- There are plenty of ways to spend time together that don’t require a lot of cash. Look for free local events like concerts in the park, community theater productions, student art shows and free admission days at museums. Save pricy restaurant meals for special occasions.
Fight the Phantom- Phantom power, that is. Did you know everything that is plugged into an outlet is using power, even when it is turned off? Chances are you have between 20-40 things plugged in at any given time that you are not using. Start unplugging them to save- and while we are talking about power, remember to turn out the lights when you leave a room.