10 Money Saving Tips for the New Year
It’s a new year and maybe you’ve made a resolution to save more money or cut costs where you can. Finding ways to save isn’t always easy, and it can be difficult to decide where you should be cutting costs. Rather than wondering where to save money, maybe the question should be, “where am I wasting money?” Often times the answers are hiding right under our noses and can be solved easily. Here are 10 simple tips to help you save money in the new year so you can live more comfortably!
You may not realize it, but electronic devices use energy even when they are turned off. On average, Americans spend $100 a year powering devices that aren’t in use. You can fix this and save by:
- Unplugging devices when you aren’t using them
- Plugging your devices into power strips and turn them off when you leave the house
2. Don’t Buy Bottled Water
Bottled water is harmful to both the environment and your wallet. So why not help both? Here are some very easy and cost-effective ways to save on drinking water:
- Filter it. Purchasing a filter for your sink or a filtered water pitcher can help to save your whole family on drinking water expenses.
- Bottle it yourself. Purchasing a stainless steel water bottle to refill and reuse can help you save big bucks when you want to quench your thirst on-the-go.
3. Update Your Light Bulbs
If you could save up to 80 percent on your electric bill, wouldn’t you do it the first chance you got? Replacing your old light bulbs with fluorescent lights can:
- Save time. Fluorescent lights can last from 3 to 25 times longer than traditional light bulbs because they use power more efficiently.
- Save money. By replacing just 5 of your most-used lights with fluorescent lights can save you up to $75 a year. Imagine what replacing all of your lights could do!
4. Buy Generic For Things You Don’t Care About
By prioritizing what brands you really need, you can save hundreds a year by switching to generic brands of less important items. Some items you may consider switching to generic include:
- Cleaning products
- Food (think cereal, canned goods, etc.)
- Certain clothing items
5. Cut Cable
The average American household spends almost $800 per year on cable. That seems like a lot for a service you don’t fully use, doesn’t it? Some cost-effective alternatives to cable include:
- Amazon Prime Video
- Sling TV
With so many different streaming services, you can get all of the entertainment you want at a fraction of the cost. Remember, cable companies will likely continue to increase your bill every year, too.
6. Insulate Your Home Properly
Perfect weather is rare in our great state of North Carolina. Fixing leaky ducts, windows and doorways can drastically cut your energy usage each year by keeping that NC summer heat out and your cozy winter warmth in.
Are you interested in saving as much as 40 percent on your utility bills? Check out our insulation services today! We'll even give you $50 off.
7. Change Your Car’s Air Filter to Save on Gas
When left unchanged, car filters can clog and cost you as much as 7 percent of your gas mileage. Those lost miles (and extra money spent on gas) can really add up in the long run. When considering changing your filter, remember:
- You can change it yourself easily and inexpensively
- Generally, you should change it around every 10,000 miles
8. Use a Crock Pot
Cooking meals every day can be exhausting, but ordering and dining out costs can add up quickly--usually around $50 a night. Cooking a crock pot meal just once a week instead is an easy way to save your family as much as $2,000 a year!
An important thing to remember is that a lot of services are negotiable. Usually, it’s very easy, too--many providers are just waiting for you to ask! Most companies would rather help you save money than lose you to a competitor with a cheaper solution. Here are some places you may want to start:
- Credit Cards. As long as you have a good payment history, your credit card company will often agree to lower your interest rate by simply asking.
- Cable. If you decide not to cut it, you can often save on your cable channel package by calling and asking to speak to the customer retention department.
- Car Insurance. Before you decide to switch to a different provider after shopping around for a lower rate, give your current agent a call and ask if you qualify for any loyalty or safe-driver discounts.
10. Use Coupons!
Aside from negotiating, be on the lookout for coupons. Most companies will offer some sort of coupon, but they may not tell you about it. Be sure to check out a company’s website before signing up for a service or purchasing an item - they may offer coupons they’re not telling you about, especially for new customers.
Here at Terminix Triad, we want you to be sure you’re getting the best deal for your dollar--remember tip number 9. We offer a variety of coupons and special offers for our pest control and home services like:
- $100 off termite protection
- $50 off mosquito control
- $50 off general pest control
- $50 off insulation services
Do you want pest control you can trust for a price you can afford?