5 Unconventional Ways to Save Money in Your Home

Sunday, December 2, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Bringing up children can be expensive, which is why it’s important that we make every penny count.

Whilst the more obvious savings can be made by weekly meal planning or walking to the shops instead of jumping in the car, there are also some lesser-known ways to make savings from within the comfort of your own home.

  1. Re-use your family’s bath water

    It may sound a little crazy, but putting your bath water to good use after you’ve finished with it, is a really great way to cut down on your water bills.

    Old bath water can be used for anything from watering your plants to flushing your toilet. Plus, it’s good for the environment, too.

  2. Repair your clothes

    A hole in your socks? Ripped pajama bottoms? Investing time in learning how to repair clothes can save you lots of money in the long run.

    And with so many ‘how to’ videos on YouTube, there’s no need to pay for lessons.

    A sewing machine will make your life so much easier. One with all the features you’ll need as a beginner/intermediate sewer, can be picked up for around £90.

    Yes, the initial outlay may sound like a lot, but you can also use your sewing machine to save money by making cushion covers and curtains for your home.

  3. Only buy secondhand

    A quick look on auction websites or local marketplace apps will reveal that there are thousands and thousands of items that people don’t need anymore.

    Everything from TVs to sinks can be bought secondhand, often resulting in large savings.

    Plus, not buying new and re-using older items can be better for the environment.

  4. Make your own cleaning products

    Cleaning products can be expensive. Cut costs by using products like baking soda, white vinegar and lemon juice to clean your home.

    Typing ‘using bicarb to clean’ into Google will bring up numerous websites with blogs telling you the countless uses for bicarbonate of soda.

    Again, not only could this save you money, but many people believe that using these more natural products, instead of bleaches and chemicals, could be better for your family and the environment, too.

  5. Move into a smaller house

    OK, so this may seem a little controversial, but ask yourself if you really need all that space. Yes, some of us couldn’t possibly go any smaller but do you really need a spare bedroom for those guests that appear once every blue moon? It may be the case that the amount you could save downsizing, could easily pay for a hotel room for your guests and more!

    Larger houses cost more to heat, clean and council tax is often higher. Rent or mortgage costs can also be more than those of a smaller house.

    Downsizing may not be the right thing for everyone. However, considering how you use your home and the products that you buy for it, could be the start of the road leading to some significant savings.

Remember, it is possible to be a little flexible and still save money. For example, while you may not want to buy absolutely everything secondhand, buying a few things could still result in you cutting your costs.

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