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January 23, 2009

365 Ways to Save Money

Filed under: Instructional, Reviews — Jan @ 5:08 pm

There is a new blog, 365 Ways to Save Money. This will be a site to keep your eyes on. It just got started but eventually it will have ways to save money every day of the year. You will find ideas to save money in many areas including how to save money on utilities which will help you to reduce your utility bills.

The blog has a simple and bright design. In addition to saving money on utility bills you will finding ways to save money on transportation, shopping, housing, debts, and much more on the blog, 365 Ways to Save Money.

September 6, 2008

Can’t Hang Clothes Outside

Filed under: Electricity, Natural Gas, Instructional — Jan @ 1:38 am

As I enjoy the reduced utility bill from hanging clothes out on the line, I wonder what people can do if they don’t have a yard. Most apartment dwellers don’t want their bra and panties hanging from a clothes line hung by their front door!

Even in a home with no yard, there are ways to hang up clothes.  These ways can also be utilized when the weather prohibits hanging clothes outside due to rain or cold.

DRYER STAND-there are dryer stands for clothes that may not go in the dryer. These fold up and can easily be stored in between use. Good for heavy and large laundered items.

HANGER DRYER-these can hang from a shower rod and have a circular area in which to hang smaller items.

EXPANDABLE DRYER-this attaches to one wall and it is pulled to the other just for use and then the clothesline retracts back in. Needs sturdy mounting. It works well in hallways.

Indoor clothes drying hints:

  • When hanging clothes indoors to dry try to use smaller loads due to limited space.
  • A fan can be placed near where the clothes are drying (still cheaper than running a dryer)
  • Be sure there is space around the clothes that are drying.
  • Overnight or while at work are good times to dry clothes indoors.
  • Avoid doing laundry on the weekend when the house is more active.

Everyone can reduce their electricity and gas bills or spend less quarters at the laundry mat by drying clothes indoors when there is weather restrictions. It is also helpful for those living in apartments.
CHAIRS AND FURNITURE-be careful the dampness of the clothes don’t damage the furniture. This works if there are few items.

July 4, 2008

Shopping Strategies to Reduce Gasoline Expenses

Filed under: Instructional, Gasoline — Jan @ 8:34 am

The top reasons people use their vehicles are:

  • Shopping
  • Work
  • School
  • Recreation
  • Social activities
  • Travel

This post is going to focus on shopping. By implementing a few strategies, you can make an impact on reducing your gas costs each month. Planning will need to be done before starting out shopping.

Planning:

  • Make a list of all purchases you will need to make in the upcoming week. Separate the list into three columns:
    1. Purchases that can be done on the way to and from work, school, or other location that you travel back and forth from on a regular basis. You should not have to deviate from your regular route by more than a mile or two.
    2. Purchases that can be done on line. Often online prices and online specials will offset the cost of shipping. Some stores like Wal-mart offer free shipping with site to store at Walmart.com. Many online purchases can be delivered to your local store free of shipping charges and often at a better price than what is offered in store. If the shipping costs are more than what you’d spend in gas, skip it unless you want to do it for environmental reasons.
    3. All other purchases that need to be made
  • Organize the items that will be purchased by store
  • Plan a shopping route that minimizes the miles driven

Sometimes it is worth missing a sale at one store to eliminate it from list because the cost of gas to go to that store may exceed the savings.

A well planned once per week shopping day will reduce the amount of money you put into your gas tank. A fringe benefit of once a week shopping includes spending less. The more often you shop, the more likely you are to exceed you budget and purchase items you could probably do without.

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