We’re so glad to see you back here again for Part 5 of our money-saving tips blog series. Many of the tips that we have shared with you so far have been specifically about certain things that you can do to directly save money. Of course those are all great but some of the ideas that were going to give you today go a little bit further and, while they may not save you money directly, they can save you money over the long run in many ways. We hope you enjoy them all and find a number of them that you can use.
1) If you are in financial trouble ask the people that are closest to you for help and advice. We are talking about sitting down and actually having an adult conversation with the people you care about the most, telling them about your situation and asking for any advice that they can give. This also means that you have to pay attention to what they have to say as in many cases their advice will be invaluable.
2) If you have something around the house like an appliance, the garage door, or anything that has been damaged try to fix it yourself before calling in a repairman. This might entail going to the library and finding a book about repairs for whatever it is that is broken but, if it is repairable, you will save a lot of money and not only repair man costs but replacement costs.
3) Keep an idea notebook handy or use an app that allows you to take notes on the go. Many times you will have ideas, thoughts and inspiration that you may forget if you don’t note it down. Frankly, there are hundreds of apps that you can use to increase productivity today so why not get one for your phone and put it to good use.
4) A deep freezer, once the initial investment has been paid off, is an incredible bargain. What it will allow you to do is buy perishable food in bulk at very low prices and freeze it long-term. This also will allow you to take advantage of excellent sales that your grocery store may have on meats and fish.
5) If you’re not attached to a particular area of the country because of your work or family you may consider moving to a part of the country that is much cheaper and has a lower cost of living. For example, the state of Iowa is incredibly economical as far as living expenses and if you don’t have to go into a specific job every day because you work at home with your computer you could save literally thousands of dollars every year by living there.
6) Before signing up for an expensive gym membership find out what your town has to offer as far as parks, recreational facilities, and other types of entertainment. Many times you can find basketball courts, hiking or biking trails, excellent parks, free tennis courts, and many other extremely economical forms of entertainment that will also give you some physical activity at the same time.
7) We talk about this all the time here on our blog but taking care of your car is one of the most important things you can do to reduce maintenance costs and keep fuel costs down. Having your car tuned up regularly and maintained properly is vital to your car’s health and to the health of your wallet also. Checking your tires regularly, getting the oil changed, and following any manufacturer’s instructions as far as maintenance is concerned will keep your car running better longer and can save you thousands of dollars over the life of your car.
Yes we realize that this blog article only has seven tips but these are some of the best that we have so don’t make too much of a fuss. The fact is if you can put even 20% of all of these tips that we have given you to good use you should be able to save hundreds of dollars a month and thousands of dollars a year. So, read these tips and use them well and we’ll see you back here soon with more.