In this economy it is sometimes amazing how we manage to pay our bills and still have some money to spare. Maybe even go on a vacation once a year.
People who can still put some money on the side after sorting out all the bills can consider themselves lucky. Not all of us can say that; not all of us can go on vacation, or go to a fancy restaurant occasionally, have dinner with family and friends. Some people don’t indulge themselves in any pleasures and only stick to the essentials and still barely have enough money for everything.
But it doesn’t have to be like that. You can lower the costs of living by using simple tricks and slightly changing your habits. Here are 13 ways which will help you beat the overall high cost of living.
1. Do your laundry after 8 PM.
Some power companies charge less for electricity used at night, or after 8 PM. So this would be a good time to use the machines that need a lot of electricity, such as the dishwasher, laundry machine, dryer, and the like.
This requires some effort, since washing laundry at night means you would have to get up at night to transfer the laundry to the dryer, or simply spread it so it doesn’t stay wet in the laundry machine. However, if you put the laundry into the dryer, you don’t have to get up again, because nothing bad will happen to it when it’s inside and dry. This is a small sacrifice that can save you a lot of money on a monthly basis.
As for the dishwasher, you can place your dishes inside, and turn the machine on, and it will do everything on its own. Your only job is to pick up the dishes and sort them out when you get up. Also, what can decrease your expenses could be reducing the heat while washing. The same goes for laundry machines – the lower the temperature, the lower the cost.