Looking to squeeze a little extra cash out of unexpected places without having to resort to a second (or third!) job to come up with the dosh? Use these tips to save around the house.
Over at the blog of This Old House, the venerable old DIYer magazine, they've assembled a list of 50 money saving tips. The tips cover a broad spectrum of tips, ranging from things you can see immediate benefit from like installing your own water filter to long term planning like planting trees to shade your home. Some of the tips definitely fall into the "Oh! I hadn't thought of that!" category, like this one regarding firewood:
Buy firewood in the spring when it's cheap. Logs will dry out and be ready to burn by the time snowflakes fall.
Cost: Time stacking wood in a dry spot outdoors so that it can season in the open air.
Savings: Up to $100 per cord.
Bonus: In the off-season, you won't run into any shortages of your favourite hardwood.
There are, however, a few in the list that may not sit well with the people you share your home with—like the rebellion-inducing savings of a shower timer:
Install a shower timer in the kids' bathroom. The battery-operated device limits showers to 5, 8, or 11 minutes.
Cost: $115 at Shower Manager. (You can install it yourself.)
Savings: $200 or more per year.
Bonus: Speeding your kids' morning routines eases the struggle to ensure they (a) eat breakfast, (b) brush their teeth, and (c) make it to the bus on time.
The majority of the projects on the list could be completed in a few hours on a Saturday, and save a lot over the course of a year when stacked together. If there is a simple house change-up they missed, make sure to share it in the comments below for our thrifty readers. Photo by Lee Coursey.