We’d all like to save on our daily expenses, but not all of us find joy in extreme couponing and penny pinching. Not to worry – we’ve gathered the best tips from Twitter that allow you to save money without losing your sanity. Here are the top 10 budgeting tips, according to Twitter:
1. Make the process automatic
Don’t want to commit to an energy conserving routine? Invest in some technology to do it for you! Certain electronic devices (like TVs and computers) continue to suck energy, even when they are turned off. A Smart Powerstrip can automatically shut off the power supply when these items are turned off – the savings really add up!
2. Apply coupons automatically!
For those of us who aren’t cut out for the extreme couponing life, consider downloading one of these nifty browser extensions – they automatically scan for online promos and coupons when you make a purchase!
3. Try some (no hassle) gardening
Did you know that certain vegetables (like green onions and celery) can be regenerated by placing the bulbs in a glass of water? Grow your own veggies with minimal effort!
4. Take advantage of free services
Free is good. See if some of the existing services you use offer complimentary goods or services.
5. Evaluate which services you really use
Admittedly, this isn’t for everyone (especially if you’re a die-hard sports fan). Barring live sporting events, living without cable is surprisingly easy. Online streaming sources like Netflix and Hulu offer much cheaper alternatives to cable, and many network websites stream programs for free.
6. Put household items to creative use
Did you know that empty butter wrappers make great greased parchment sheets for cakes? Or that straws can be used as hair curlers? Get the most out of items you already have on hand.
7. Air dry your dishes
Skipping the heated drying feature on dishwashers can really cut down on energy costs, and unlike air drying clothes, there’s very little difference in convenience or drying time. If you are concerned about water spots, a rinsing aid can help.
8. Know which days are best for shopping
Retailers tend to markdown items on specific days. This cheatsheet can help you schedule your shopping to take advantage of sales.
9. Choose energy efficient electronics
If you only use your computer for internet surfing or office work, do you really need a desktop? Laptops consume less energy, and are easy to move.
10. Optimize air flow
If you have a ceiling fan, make sure it’s rotating in the right direction. There’s usually a small switch at the base of the blades that makes the fan rotate clockwise or counterclockwise. You want counterclockwise (on high) during the summer to circulate cool air, and clockwise (on low) in the winter to push warm air back down.
Hopefully these tips provide an easy way to find extra cash in your budget!
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