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8 Great Ways to Save On Everyday Expenses

03 March 2020
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Saving is something we should all be doing. But sometimes this is easier said than done, especially with numerous necessities to buy, countless bills to cover, and the ever-increasing product prices. To help you stretch your pay check a little farther so you can have a little extra to spare, we went in search of some top cost-saving strategies and techniques. With a large portion of household budgets being allocated to everyday items like groceries and utilities, we started our search with these expenses in mind.

Here they are, eight great ways to save on everyday expenses!

1. Start with your geyser

Geysers are the perfect place to start if you’re looking for ways to save on those everyday household expenses. After all, geysers can account for up to 40% of a household’s total electricity bill! Environment.co.za recommends maintaining the temperature at 60°C to optimise your electricity use. It also pays to insulate your geyser with a thermal blanket and to insulate the water pipes leading from the geyser for the first 3 metres.

2. Replace your bulbs

Did you know that using LEDs can save you 20-30% of your electricity consumption? Who would have thought the key to saving more electricity lies in the humble light bulb! LEDs also last up to six times longer than incandescent bulbs, so you won’t have to make as many trips to the shops. Granted, they may be the more expensive option, but the long-term returns far outweigh the initial costs. Even replacing one bulb at a time will help make a difference to your energy expenses.

3. Grow your own

One of the best ways to beat those grocery budget blues is to grow your own herbs and veggies as far as possible. Seedlings are incredibly cheap and easy to grow, and you’ll save on trips to the grocery store in the long run. One of the simplest pleasures in life is getting to pick your own fresh (and virtually free) produce from the garden. Growing your own herbs and veggies can also be a fun and rewarding hobby!

4. Minimise take-out and dining out

Takeaways can be incredibly convenient and restaurant dinners are always enjoyable, but rarely are they affordable. So, if you’re looking to trim your monthly expenses, start by cutting back on the take-out and dining out. Homecooked meals are likely to be cheaper and healthier as you can control exactly which ingredients go into the dish. Any leftovers can also be saved for other meals. Another great way to save on everyday expenses is to make and take your own lunch to work or school. Visit our Pinterest board for some awesome lunch box inspiration.

5. Plan, plan, plan

Someone wise once said that if you fail to prepare you are preparing to fail. This is why the importance of planning cannot be overemphasised. This includes planning your monthly budget and tracking your progress, planning out your meals and making grocery lists – and sticking to them! By doing so, you’re likely to make fewer impulse purchases.

It may also help to have a system in place to help buffer those impulse purchases even further. For example, you can make a rule to wait 48 hours before spending money on things that cost more than a certain amount. Thereby giving you some time to establish whether that item is more of a “want” than a “need”.

6. Go meat-free

The prices of meat have soared in recent years – as has the drive to consume less meat and animal products. If you haven’t already done so, why not consider going meat-free? Even if you start with just one day a week, like #MeatlessMonday. There are tons of nutritious, flavourful and affordable alternatives. This helpful article shares 21 meat alternatives and 84 ideas on how to use them.

Note: If the meat lovers refuse to budge, you can still save by using smaller portions of meat and ‘bulking’ them up with less pricey options like mushrooms or lentils.

7. Turn it off

Did you know that appliances draw around 20% of their normal electricity use even when they are on standby? This makes a great case for switching off appliances (and charging devices) when they aren’t in use. It’s also a good idea to turn off the oven and turn to your countertop cooking appliances instead. Alternatives such as microwaves, crock pots and toaster ovens all draw less electricity. Using a microwave, especially, can also reduce your cooking time by as much as 25%.

8. Cut back on cleaning products

Why fork out money for expensive cleaning products when some of the items in your pantry work just as effectively and cost next to nothing. For example, baking soda and warm water can be used to clean kitchen counters as well as stainless steel sinks and appliances. Lemon juice is great at cutting through grease and grime, while vinegar helps clean windows, bathrooms, and floors. Here are nine homemade cleaners handpicked by the cleaning experts.

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