One of the unfortunate problems that come with being an adult is that we have to pay bills. Don’t you miss the days where you were young, wild, and free? Where your only issue was having to learn how to ride your bike? Now, we have monthly bills and if we do not pay them then we lose something because of it. We all fall on hard times, and sometimes it can be really rough. I want to talk about how to reduce your bills without having to try too hard or give too much up.
If you are a gardener and you grow lots of produce you know how expensive it can be to use a ton of water daily or every other day to water your plot, especially if you have a large gardening area. If it is allowed in your area, because it is not allowed in some, grab a rain barrel. If you are able to collect rainwater and use that to water your plants, you could save roughly $300 per year! If you divide that by 12, that equals out to a savings of about $25/month. That’s a full tank of gas for some of us!
If you do not already have a programmable thermostat, you should look into getting one. These allow you to set the thermostat to a specific temperature while you are out of the home and set it back to what you are comfortable with right before you come home. Some thermostats are “smart” and have a corresponding app that allows you to set your temperature from your phone! It can even learn your schedule and do everything for you. Technology sure has come a long way!
Some other small things you can do is use cold water when using your washing machine, give up cable and subscribe to Hulu or Netflix instead, cook more meals at home and only go out to eat every once in a while, etc. There are many ways to lower your bills! If you are feeling brave, you can even lessen the amount of data on your phone plan or downgrade to a flip phone (if you can find one). Switching from a smart phone to a basic phone usually saves you $20 or more per month.
What tips do you have for lowering the costs of bills.