I think it’s safe to say that everyone wants to save money. If you are typical, you’re probably always looking for tips that can help you save on your groceries, your auto insurance, housing repairs and the like. Following are some money-saving tips so severe you may be sorry you even read about them. However, if you follow all or some of them, you are bound to cut your cost of living and have more money left at the end of the month you could sock away in savings.
If you skip those hot showers and shower in cold water, you’ll cut the cost of heating the water, along with your water bill itself as you’re likely to take much shorter showers.
Dump your house and buy an RV
One woman left her dream house and 200 pairs of shoes behind and spent a year living in a bus that measured only 340 square feet. When she got home, she actually realized she had been happier and life had been simpler in the RV than in the big dream house and decided to make a permanent change.
Bake in your car
This won’t work if you live in Minnesota or upper New York State but if you’re in a hot climate, you can actually bake cookies with the heat that collects in your car on sunny days. Just park in the sun, use a thermometer to monitor the temperature and be sure to put a barrier between your dashboard and the cookie sheet. The woman who discovered this says it should be at least 95° outside for this to work and that it will take about 2 1/2 hours to bake the cookies.
Ditch that car
If you really want to save big, sell your car. While you can save money by minimizing its use, you’ll save a lot more if you just ditch it. This might not work depending on where you live but in many cities biking, public transportation and walking can be a great substitute for owning an automobile.
Turn your car off even when it’s still moving
The American Automobile Association frowns on this technique but some people are promoting it as a way to save gas. You just use your car’s momentum to roll downhill or to slide into parking spaces. This means you can get where you’re going without using any gas at all. However, be sure to practice driving without power brakes and power steering before you experiment near other cars or people. Of course, you should never try this at high speeds as it’s much too dangerous.
Move back in with your parents
No matter how old you are, you could probably move back in with your parents. If you have children, your parents might even provide some childcare. Plus, you’d have no mortgage or rent payments, no repair costs and no utility bills.
Stop drinking those sodas
One couple found that by giving up their fizzy drinks they could save about $50 a month. The same thing applies to lattes and bottled water. If you’re used to stopping at Starbucks every morning for an espresso macchiato or drinking two to three sodas a day, just cut these out and you could save $30 a month or more.`
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