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Here are a few ideas on how to make sure you make the most of your household purchases: • Laundry Detergent – You don’t have to use a lot of detergent to clean your clothes. Try using less than the amount that the manufacturer recommends. • Clothes – Try hanging your clothes after washing them, instead of putting them in the dryer. • Food – Store your food properly, don’t waste your money due to food spoilage. • Razor blades – Try drying your blade after using it. This will help delay dullness. Does your family have any tricks for making items around the house last longer?
There are many small things you can do around the house to save money on your household bills. Have you tried any of the following tips before? • Try to use your dishwasher instead of washing by hand • Avoid running your dishwasher until it is full • Replace your toilet flapper annually • User a local car wash instead of washing your car at home • Have annual maintenance performed on your HVAC system • Change your air filters regularly • Wash Laundry in Cold Water These items can help reduce your power and water bills little by little. Do you have any tips for saving on household expenses?
Groceries are a necessity, but that doesn’t mean you always have to spend a lot on them. Take advantage of these savings tips to reduce your grocery bill: • Start a garden – A great way to save money and have a fresh produce at your back door. • Purchase generic brands – Save up to 25% by buying generic brand items. • Buy items on sale – Find an item on sale? Stockpile! • Shop at drug stores – In addition to grocery stores, drug stores often have bargains as well. • Use coupons – Save big by purchasing items on sale and using coupons for those items.
Last month’s frugal living tip focused on exploring resources such as eBay, Craigslist and your local classifieds to search for items rather than going to a store and buying them at full price. This month we would like to encourage you to take a moment and reflect on those items you have sitting around the house. You know, that pair of shoes that no longer fits or the Christmas gift you received last year and haven’t even opened yet? It’s time to convert these items into cash in your pocket! Consider selling some items using these methods: eBay auctions: These auctions entail listing your item(s) for a small fee and typically last a week at most. You can utilize eBay’s “Buy It Now” option or set a reserve price to ensure you receive your desired price for each item you sale. Once your item(s) are sold, you will usually pay a small percentage of the selling price to eBay. You can require that buyers pick up your item locally or you can charge to ship. Craigslist ad: You can create a FREE online ad for a specific region of the United States and list a description, price and pictures. Craigslist usually involves face-to-face transactions and no fees. Local Classifieds: You can usually list items for free in your local classifieds. Our local classifieds has a weekly print and online version that lists each ad submitted. Yard Sale: If you have a lot of cheap items that aren’t worth selling elsewhere, a yard sale is a great idea. Some preparation is involved but at least the cost is minimal to set up. Whatever items that you have left over might be worth dropping off at your local Goodwill store and claiming a deduction on your tax return as a charitable donation. Remember to get an itemized list of the items you dropped off!