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We’re all looking for ways to save money any way that we can. Since it can be difficult saving large sums of money, utilizing everyday tips is often one of the better ways to set aside some extra cash. Read on for four everyday tips that will help you save money this year.
Cut the Cable Cord
No matter what deal you received when you first signed up, most cable companies end up raising their prices after you’ve been with them for some time. Get rid of cable and opt for streaming services, such as Amazon Prime, Netflix, Disney +, and Hulu. You’ll have access to thousands of shows, movies, and original content for a fraction of the price. Many streaming services also offer local channels if you don’t want to give them up.
Keep an Eye on Your Home
It’s easy to kick up the heat a few degrees on a cold winter day or to turn down the air conditioning when it is hot outside. But air conditioners and furnaces can cause your utility bill to increase, even if you change the temperature just a degree or two. For optimal comfort in the winter, set your thermostat to 68 degrees during the day and 66 degrees overnight. In hotter months, keep your air conditioning unit set to 72 degrees. This will help you save money every day, all year long.
Watch Emotional Spending
It’s easy to splurge on items we don’t really need when we are sad or upset. It’s also just as easy to head out shopping when we are bored and lonely. It’s even worse when we can all just pick up our phones and order from Amazon with a simple click. One great tip for saving money when you are online is to add the item you want to your cart and then exit the website before you buy it. In many cases, you’ll end up not making the purchase, saving you money.
Plan Meals for the Week
Food is one of the easiest ways to spend money we should be saving. You always want to be prepared when it comes to meals, so take the time to plan out your meals for the week. Buy the ingredients ahead of time so that you don’t have to make multiple trips to the store. If you work out of the home, pack your lunch as much as possible. You’ll save cash most days by avoiding impulse purchases on food.
Follow these four tips on how to save money every day and watch your savings grow. With a bit of patience and determination, your bank account will start to look amazing!
Emma Sturgis is a freelance writer based out of Boston, MA. She writes most often on health and education. When not writing, she enjoys reading and watching film noir. Say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2
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