Problem #50: I’m looking for innovative, maybe insane budgeting tips to save even more money.
I mentioned in a previous post some ways that I have used to save money. I’ve been able to save big by doing my own home improvement projects and upgrades, cutting my own hair, etc.
I also mentioned in that post that were some wild ideas out there. I thought it would be fun to put together a list of some crazy ways to save minimal amounts of money. Think of it as a celebration of this blog reaching 50 problems and solutions. Just note that I do none of these things, because I’m not a miser or cheapskate (even though I’ve been called that). Some of these things were done by people on the show “Extreme Cheapskates”. Some I “found” elsewhere. Try these at your own risk.
Ways to Save Electricity
We all know that saving electricity results in saving $$$.
- Use only one lightbulb and take it with you from room to room. I think everyone in your family should have their own. If you’re all in one room – more light.
- Microwave left over coffee instead of making new. We all know that a coffee maker uses much more electricity simply because it’s on longer. Microwaving coffee only takes like . . . a minute.
- Unplug everything that you’re not using. I mean everything. If there’s something plugged into an outlet, you had better be using it.
- Turn off the TV during commercials. You don’t really care about the commercials anyway. Remember that commercials last 3-4 minutes on average, so you’ll know exactly when to turn the TV back on.
Ways to Save Water
- Re-use the water that you boil your pasta in. This becomes your “boil water”. Try not to mix it with your “other water”.
- Take a “navy shower”. This means that you only turn the shower on when you actually need it. Just a few seconds of water to get wet. Then lather up. Then you get a minute or so to rinse off. Done. A shower isn’t really supposed to be relaxing . . . is it?
- Do you have a pool or hot-tub? Use it to wash your clothes and take a bath at the same time. Use the pool filter to clean the water. There’s no point just dumping that water down the drain.
Multipurpose Items are a Savers Dream
- Your dishwasher can double as an oven. You are already paying for that heated water. Just remember to seal your dinner well. Or it might taste a little like soap. Can you say sous vide?
- Use your clothes iron to make grilled cheese or toast. Just make sure you iron your shirts first. You save by only heating up the iron once, and using it while it’s already hot. Genius . . . right?
- Your fridge/freezer can also “wash” your clothes. Cold can kill bacteria just as well as hot – or so they say. Just pack your tee shirts and pants around the milk and they’ll be bacteria free and clean in no time.
- Divert your gutter from the drain into your bathroom window. Make sure to add a valve to switch between the bathroom and the drain. Use this “free” water to flush your toilet. You could also fill your bathtub to use later. Isn’t it great to have a roof with gutters?
Ways to Save on Food/Groceries
- Scrape plates back into containers. You can “recycle” salad dressing, spaghetti sauce, and other sauces.
- When you go to the grocery store, take the peels off bananas, oranges, and kiwis. Only bag the “actual” fruit. You don’t want to pay for weight that you don’t use. And while you’re at it, you should also take the stickers off apples, tomatoes, and peaches. Even those little stickers have weight.
- Pick the grapes off the vine and only buy/weigh the grapes.
So, are you planning on trying any of these insane budgeting tips? I’m not. I value the relationship with my wife and kids far too much. I also think that the amount of money you would actually save is not worth the effort.
What do you think? Let me know if you would do any of these things.