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If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to save more money this year, you might still be struggling with exactly how to do it. Like the old cliché says, it’s easier said than done. Start small. Choose a few things at a time. Here are four ways to save money in the new year to help you get started.
1. Reusable Products
One of the easiest ways to save money is to use products more than once when you can. Cleaning supplies, for example, can be used more than once, and not just until they look grungy. Microfiber towels are great for dusting, washing the car and cleaning up spills. Throw them in the washing machine when they get dirty to make their cleaning powers last longer. You can buy one microfiber towel for the same price as two rolls of paper towels. They last a lot longer, so you’ll save money. Reusable latex gloves are another great example. Use them to clean the oven or the bathroom. They’re also helpful for all kinds of chores when you have sensitive skin on your hands that you want to protect.
Throwing a party is always fun, but it can get expensive. You don’t have to stop having friends over, you just need to find a more frugal way to do it. For children’s birthday parties and surprise parties, buy cheap party supplies. They add greatly to the festive atmosphere, but you’ll only need them for a few hours, so buy cheap party supplies. Another alternative is if people ask you if they can bring anything, say yes. Ask them to bring an appetizer or a dessert. This will save you money while making a friend feel useful. You might also get some tasty new recipes in the process. Opt for hosting get-togethers in mid-afternoon or after dinner. This prevents you from having to spend money on entrees and more expensive foods. Light refreshments are quite socially acceptable as long as you don’t plan the get-together during traditional meal times.
3. Buy In Bulk
Buying in bulk can save a lot of money in the long run. Purchasing discount store products in bulk online can reduce the number of trips you make to the store. They also cost less per unit price, so it makes more sense. The trick to buying in bulk is to only buy the things that you use regularly or that you truly need. While it’s easy to get caught up in the great savings, finding a great bargain on wire scrubbing brushes won’t be very helpful if all of your kitchen pans are made from non-stick materials.
4. Cleaning Products
Although Holly recently blogged about the idea of being unfrugal and hiring someone else to do the heavy cleaning at home, there are still ways to save money on cleaning the kitchen and bathroom, as well as doing the laundry. Buy cleaning supplies from a discount store, where name brands cost less than they do at the grocery store. While you can’t skimp on cleaning the dishes, you can skimp on the amount of money you spend for the dish detergent and sponges or dishrags. Clothes baskets and deodorizers can cost as much as 75 percent more at the grocer’s and drugstore.
If you’re trying to keep up with your New Year’s resolution, consider these four quick tips on ways to save money. The money you save on everyday living expenses adds up over time. You can use that extra money to pay bills or to be able to afford more important “luxuries” that you can’t bear to live without.