Originally Posted by snosrap5
My question is.. What are some of the things you find yourself doing
to save money in your every day life?
Great question indeed
I've found myself reading through the responses and thinking "yah, I could do that too".
Our main money sucking areas are: gas in my truck, and our hydro bill
Our hydro bill is fairly high because of my snakes (they require supplemental heat above room temp) and our hottub.
For the hydro: ( within the next 2yrs, our hydro rates will be switched to time of day usage prices, cost is more pricey during peak times. So we've thoroughly explored hydro in the last year to prepare for this)
- my snake room: we bought thermostats (prior we used dimmers) after a piece of heat tape malfunctioned. I wish we had bought the thermostats prior though. Now the heat tape is exactly the temp we need it (the dimmers controlled it but not as well, so sometimes the tape would run hotter than needed) as well as we have a night drop on it, so the temps go down at night.
aside from the initial expense of the thermostats, this saves us on hydro. (we figure in about 1.5yrs, the hydro savings will pay for the thermostats which were around $500 for two)
- hottub: most people run their tubs at 102-104F. We run ours at 100F. Plus we have an extremely well insulated cover. We try to go in it when its on a heat cycle, which saves us running the pumps. (the heat cycle runs the one pump on low)
If its just me in the tub, I do not open the cover all the way, which helps keep the heat in.
- we turn off our lights, and have power bars on most appliances. TV's/VCR's/Stereos, draw power even if you have them turned off. Most of them, when turned off, are really just on standby (which is why the clocks stay on). So now we have powerbars, and everything is turned off.
- we turn our computers off instead of leaving them on all day. If I'm downloading, I make sure to turn the monitor off.
remember, generally speaking, it takes less hydro to turn something on and off, than to keep it on. Mythbusters proves that one
(ex. your lights. If you are leaving the room for 5mins, turn the light off. Some people think the act of turning it on requires more hydro than if you just left it on. Not true for most things)
- all fluroscent bulbs
For the gas issue:
- try to do all my shopping on one day instead of multiple trips.
- I avoid certain driving techniques that burn more fuel
- we buy alot on sale. (meat especially, when it goes on sale, we spend the extra to stock up, rather than having to pay full price)
- we eat alot of stews and chili which I make enough to have leftovers that I can freeze.
- I try to make enough food to have leftovers the next day.
- we have a garden, and I plant more than we can eat, so that I can freeze it
- we don't go out for dinner often... maybe once every couple months
- I use frozen or canned veggies when they are not in season
- I bake the kids school snacks.
- buy certain things on clearance (like over ripe bananas for banana bread)
- most grocery items are noname brand. Hubby refuses anything but Heinz ketchup...(so we buy that in the tin cans, its cheaper than bottles)
- canned catfood: I buy the large cans, and freeze it in kitty sized portions.
- I try to think to myself, is this a want or a need? If its not a need, I don't buy it for the most part.
- we clothes shop at secondhand stores, or sale items unless we can't avoid paying full price. Again, we don't buy brandname.
- we priceshop
and coupon shop. Also get freebies mailed for filling out surveys, or free sample items.
and lots more. Didn't realise my post was gonna turn into a book
We've done alot of thinking about budgetting since I had to stop working due to workplace injuries. I still get paid a % of my wage, but its not what I was making and hopefully I can have some surgeries that will allow me to go back to work. Once that happens, I will no longer have an income untill I find a job. So alot of our savings right now, is in prep for when the time comes that I am able to return to the workforce. (I will never be able to do my previous job, so I will have to look for a new one)