During the uncertain times that we are going through, it seems prudent to think about saving money, budgeting and making supplies last longer. For this reason, we have created this handy list of all the best tips you can consider doing in your household. Try one, two, or all of these tips and you could see a real difference in your money and your supply levels.
Tip 1 – Turn your lights off – How many of us actually think about the electricity we are using in our homes on a daily basis? With many of us working from home, you may see your energy bills start to increase. Try turning the TV off when not in use (at the wall.) Also, turn off lights you aren’t using and unplug other appliances; appliances and electronics on standby draw electricity that can amount to a whopping 10% and 20% of your electricity bill!
Tip 2 – Plan your meals – If you plan your meals properly, you can save a considerable amount of food and money. It can also help to decrease wastage of food. Try putting up a magnetic whiteboard on your fridge, and naming the meals you plan to cook on each day. Consider those days where there may be leftovers and when you could utilise this the next day.
Tip 3 – Consider growing your own – Some vegetables, like lettuce or potatoes, don’t actually take that long to grow if you plant them now. So, if you have a patch of your garden that gets a lot of sun, why not turn it into your own vegetable patch? You don’t have to start with a lot – just tomatoes will do if you are nervous about growing vegetables. Tomatoes are relatively hardy and can grow quite well, so this is a good starting point.
Tip 4 – Drink more water – Instead of juice, squash or other drinks, why not stick to drinking water? It is free and good for you. Even mild dehydration (fluid loss of 1-3%) can impair energy levels and mood, and lead to big reductions in your memory and brain performance. It can also ward off headaches and may even be able to help you lose weight if you drink some water half an hour before a meal.
Tip 5 – Our final tip is to avoid impulse or online shopping. With many people staying at home, it may feel tempting to get online and order some items. Whatever your vice is, try and avoid this temptation as it really can cause you to spend a lot of excess money that you might have otherwise been able to save. It is wise to figure out what your trigger is. Do you shop online when you are bored? Do you shop when you are feeling lonely or in the evening? When you figure out your trigger, it can be easier to try and avoid the temptations when they present themselves.