Think Outside the Box to Save Money

Do you want to save money? Think outside the box!

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There are already plenty of articles that discuss money-saving ideas that are the same old stuff you already know. You know, things like turning out the lights when you leave a room or unplugging your electronics that are not being used. When it comes to saving money, sometimes you have to dig a little deeper and get a little more creative.

Moving

Moving is a very stressful event and happens more than we like. It can get expensive and overwhelming all at once. Do you want to save some money and your sanity?

  • Use a moving company, like Allied Moving Company, to do the heavy lifting.
  • Have a yard sale to get rid of a majority of your things that you don’t use. You’ll have less to move and more cash in your pocket.
  • Go to the grocery store and liquor store for boxes instead of buying them.

Cleaning house

Housecleaning tips tend to be more about organization, which is a great thing. Having that daily/weekly/monthly/annual schedule is super helpful in keeping up with your home and keeping you feeling less stressed. But what about money? Want to save a bit of money while cleaning house? Make all your household cleaners yourself. DIY cleaners take very little time to make and can cut your cleaning expenses by around 75%. These products also tend to be a lot safer to use than the chemical stuff you buy at the store. Do you think you don’t have the time to make any of these cleaners? Most of them take just a few minutes to create.  You could make most cleaners during standard commercial breaks. Seriously, set aside 15 minutes a day and you can have a whole load of cleaning supplies within a week without breaking a sweat.

Rid yourself of a car payment

If you really want to save money, buy your vehicle outright. This may mean that you spend a lot of time saving money for a nice car but seriously, a monthly payment means you have to pay interest. You actually save money by avoiding interest. You can then take the money you would’ve spent on a monthly payment and put it into a savings account that covers any car repairs or maintenance. You can usually find a nice used car that will last a few years without any serious repairs needed, especially if you keep up with maintenance, and your bank account will have a nice cushion of savings.

If you live in a city that is fairly walkable–and you can check WalkScore to find out if it is–consider not driving to every single thing you do. Carpool, take a bus, or walk to your daily routine stuff. Not only will it save you a ton of money on your vehicle and gas, it will do wonders for your health and potentially save you a ton on health care.

Saving money takes a bit of desire and a lot of tenacity to find ways that work for you. We would love to hear from you about some ways you have learned to save money. Even the quirky methods that a lot of us haven’t thought about.

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