Once you’re situated in a new home, it’s a good time to reevaluate your finances and look for methods to save money around the house. One of the best ways to do that is to update your appliances. The energy efficient appliances of today will cut your water and power bills significantly over time, practically paying for themselves in just a few years. Here are a few more tips to help you save after you’ve gotten your keys.
Cut the Cord
If you can cut cable out of your life for good, you can save a ton every month. The average cable bill is well above $100, and will only rise as users demand more specialty programming. Switch to a service like Netflix or Hulu now and cut the costs of cable out of your life. If you feel you need television as background noise, get a digital signal box for basic cable.
Carpooling to and from work will save you money on the weekday commute, which is an expense that drains more than the gas tank of your car. Maintenance is another factor that you can put a dent into with a carpool arrangement. Of course, if your city has public transportation or a bike friendly street system you can switch to these methods of transportation. Carpools and alternatives to cars also have the added benefit of helping the environment.
You can also try switching to generic products. In most cases, you will notice almost no difference at all. Whatever techniques you can use to get just a bit more savings out of your daily life will help you plan for the future.