I am watching Oprah today and getting some great ideas. Today's show is all about simplifying, cutting back and saving money. I have always been one to get deals but lately I have been looking for more ways to do so, more nontraditional ways.
One of the biggest things we do is unplugging everything that is easily accessible. I don't think most people realize how much money you spend everyday for the little added convenience of turning on an appliance that is already plugged in. Most people think that I am crazy the first time that I talk about this but when I ask them what they would do with an extra $600 a year they are shocked. A few months ago we weren't as good at unplugging, the next month we saved $45 just by being a little more aware when we turned something off to unplug it. We have also started unplugging our washer and dryer. It is so simple to do, think of how little you are actually using them verses how long they are plugged in. My husband thought I was crazy when I first told him what we would be doing but he was on board when he saw we cut our electric bill in half.
One of the other things that has helped us save money is by splitting our spending money into two. I put half of the money away for the second half of the month. We have to make sure to buy enough groceries to last us 15 days because when the money is gone we are out of money until the 1st or the 15th roll around. This makes sure that we don't spend more money than we have. We use to just buy what every groceries we needed on credit cards and then make a huge payment every month , if you are not tracking though it is so easy to go way over board and slowly add debt.
Do any of you have great ways to save money?