Saving money does not just involve using coupons and downgrading the cable plan. There are many ways that you can be thrifty at home by changing your regular routine. Doing so does not require much more than some basic thinking and doing. The rewards will immediately be felt by your wallet and your lifestyle will not drastically be impacted.
Step 1: Save money on food expenses by planning the weekly meals. Allot one day per month for cooking and prepare large quantities of food. Create serving portions using bags and containers and freeze these. If other family members are able to help with the food preparation, all the better.
Step 2: Install a timer on the water heater. Place the metal pins on the dial to determine when the heater will turn on and off, based on your schedule. This timer costs about $40 but can save hundreds on the electric bill in just a few months.
Step 3: Recycle your old linens and clothing. Remove the zippers and buttons from these and reuse them. Create curtains from old sheets and use old blankets to line pet beds or protect sofa cushions from dirt and debris. Turn an old sweater into a pillow. Sew the sleeves of the sweater together to create a cold weather scarf.
Step 4: Plant a small garden in the yard or in containers and grow fruits and vegetables that the family will enjoy eating. Preserve or can the excess for consumption throughout the year.
Step 5: Rather than purchasing new furniture, refurbish outdated and old pieces using paint and new hardware.
Step 6: Get some new plants for the home by trading plant cuttings with friends and family. Give or get instructions for growing plants that are difficult. Grow the plants in old cookie tins and other recycled containers.