Showing posts with label saving money. Show all posts
Showing posts with label saving money. Show all posts

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Semi Crazy Ways to Save Money

I wanted to create an interesting list of ways you can save money that are a little less practical than some of the other things I have posted. I'm affectionately calling these my "Crazy" ways to save money. So here it goes...

1) Go #2 at work if possible.  This is sure to save you money on toilet paper and water/sewage usage. In addition, you will have to clean your bathroom less and use fewer aerosols or odor maskers when you are finished.

2) Extreme Home Temps. In the Summer set your A/C between 80-85 (or higher) and run multiple fans. Fans take a lot less energy than an A/C unit. For the Winter months use a programable thermostat to keep you house between 60 and 62 in the waking hours (we wear slippers, sweat pants and sweat shirts around the house) and down to 52 to 55 during the sleeping hours (you'd be surprised how well you can sleep in the cold). You'll want to set it to start warming up so it is not crazy cold when you awake in the morning.

3) Take Condiments and Disposable Utensils When You Can and Wash Them. Another crazy thing we do is grab extra condiments and disposable utensils when we can. The condiments are great for when you are traveling at a later date or want individual servings. The utensils are great to take to work with you for your lunch but make sure to keep them and wash them for additional uses. The best part is that you don't pay for any of it!

4) Wear Pants for Multiple Days. This may be TMI for those that know me, but I wear the same pair of pants multiple times before washing. I feel as though pants don't get all that dirty with one day of wearing. What I generally do is rotate a few pairs of dress pants and a couple of pairs of jeans for a couple of weeks and then wash them all together with other clothes. Not only do I not need as many pairs of pants, but I do significantly less laundry than if I wore a different pair every day. (This works with towels as well). It is practical to have a drawer or part of the closet where you put the things that you have already worn so you can keep them separate.

5) Time Your Showers So You Don't Waste Water. We found out that we can take really fast and adequate showers when camping in Acadia National Forest when you had to pay for showers and they were timed (I think it was one minute). So it is reasonable to think that you can take a 3 minute shower if you are conscious of your time. Get a time app that is free for your smartphone such as this one: (I use this one with my Android phone). This will drastically cut down on your water bill in a family home. You can also add a energy efficient shower head such as this: It may not look beautiful but it will save you money.

6) Alter Some Driving Habits. If you are like me you like to go fast and not waste time. However, you will get the best mileage out of your car by going between 60 and 65 on the expressway. I personally look at opportunity cost with saving time and money to decide how fast I'm going to go. Another fun game to try while driving that will save on gas is to try to keep your RPMs under 2,000 when accelerating and trying to coast to stops when coming to stop lights and stop signs.

7) Use Reusable Wipes Instead of Toilet Paper. Now this one seems to be a better money saver for the ladies. I do not recommend doing this with poo (there's been a lot of bathroom talk on this post :p ). You can either purchase reusable wipes that are used when children use reusable diapers or make your own with a sewing machine and spare or clearance fabric. These will get washed with the laundry and reused. Another similar way to save would be by using a handkerchief instead of facial tissue as well.

8) Only Fill Light Fixtures Half Full with Lights. In our bathrooms we have these light bars above the mirrors. We only put half of the lights in place and there is more than enough light still. It doesn't even look all that bad!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Quick Tip of the Day: How to Save with Amazon Prime

If you missed the deal it is alright! There are still savings to be had using Amazon Prime!

Here's how you can get even MORE out of it!

  • Arrange with a close friend or family member to split the cost of the membership and only use one person's account (you really have to trust them!).

  • You can ship to multiple addresses and use multiple forms of payment so you could pay for your own stuff and get it shipped to your house.

  • Two people can stream video at the same time so both families can watch at the same time as well!

  • Kindle books can be sent to multiple devices including Android phones, internet browsers and any tablet. You could easily share this as well.

For an even cheaper option that does not involve streaming you can add up to four different people. If you split the cost of Prime evenly that would be about $25 a person per year. You may want to think of a different arrangement because only the originator of the account can take advantage of the video and music options.Maybe a $20, $20, $20, $40 split with the person paying $40 getting the streaming ability.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Save Money by Using an Egg Substitute...Flax Meal

This post is somewhat inspired by this morning's breakfast, oatmeal raisin pancakes.

As a family we try to limit our consumption of animal products. This is not only for health reasons, but it is also a money saver. We do eat eggs from time to time but when we do we usually spend a little more for higher quality organic eggs from Costco for about $0.28 an egg. Most people pay closer to $2.00 a dozen or $0.166 an egg.

You can easily get that price per "egg" down to $0.036 (between 3 and 4 cents) per egg by using a simple and effective flax meal substitute. I came to that price per egg by taking the price of a regular bag of organic flax meal and dividing by the number of servings. I guess you could round up to 4 cents to account for the price of the water you will use, but it wouldn't even equal that four thousandths of a dollar.

Anyway, here's how you do it for one egg!

In a small bowl mix a tablespoon of flax meal with three tablespoons of warm water.
Let it sit for about 3 minutes.

Stick a fork in it because it's done! (don't actually stick a fork in it).

It will look like this.

We use this as a substitute in all kinds of recipes that include baking, cooking etc.

We have also used a hybrid for some things that need that super strong binding ability of eggs in which we will use one flax meal substitute egg and an actual egg. However, we find that this quick trick works really well for daily uses and it saves us money while givings us a wider range on nutrients.

The health benefits of flax meal are wonderful as it is very high in fiber and in essential fatty acids.

Here is a great blog with much more information about flax in general by Kitchen Stewardship:

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