When the going gets tough, some extra thought and creativity can help you come up with unconventional ways to save. Whether it’s for paying bills, saving for a well-earned trip, or even saving for food and supplies, some of us need to think outside the box to ensure that we’re still able to live the dream. So, if you’re strapped for cash or are just looking for a little bit of mad money, don’t despair. Here are four ways to save money from the comfort of your own home:
Sell Your Stuff
I absolutely love walking through my home and finding stuff to sell. Recently I decided to sell my Kitchen Aid mixer after realizing that I only used it twice, and both times were just to make mashed potatoes. If you want to sell your stuff locally, try throwing an ad up on Craigslist or even Facebook. You can also set up an online store where you can manage and sell your junk under your own terms. The beauty of this is that you can create and design a page that fits your personality. If you’re interested in hosting your own online garage sale, build your Shopify website here.
Save on Utilities
Utility bills are the silent killer that can takes us by surprise when we least expect it, especially during those harsh winter months. Fortunately, there are several ways to monitor and cut down on your usage, which will hopefully cause your high bills to plummet. Installing a water meter will force you to confront your water usage whether you like it or not. When it comes to hearing your home, try using inexpensive weather-proofing materials that can be found at your local home improvement store. And throw on a sweater, wimp. Laura Ingalls Wilder grew up in a log cabin in the wilderness, am I right?
Cut the Cord to Cable
Let me be the world’s biggest hypocrite for a second. Do you really need hundreds of TV channels? How many of them do you actually watch? Consider changing your provider or cancelling your cable subscription altogether. There are many inexpensive alternatives to cable now, which makes it that much easier to give Comcast the old heave-ho. They don’t deserve your money anyway.
Hang Out at Home Instead of Going Out
Bars and restaurants provide a place to unwind in and chill out in after a hard day’s work. However, they’re expensive and usually filled with depressed and lonely souls who would rather be anywhere but their own home. Why not cut costs by inviting friends over for some drinks and food instead? An added bonus: you won’t have to watch five hours of hockey or see people who should not be dancing do the electric slide.
What is your favorite way to save money at home?