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Old 07-12-2017, 11:36 PM
Location: Phoenix-Valley of the Sun
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i heard that growing your vegetables is beneficial.
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Old 07-13-2017, 06:49 AM
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Originally Posted by 49erfan916 View Post
i heard that growing your vegetables is beneficial.
The average home gardener spends more than they gain.
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Old 07-13-2017, 12:39 PM
Location: Phoenix
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Here in AZ, we wash clothes and dry them outside for 15 minutes. Just for 15 minutes.
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Old 07-13-2017, 03:20 PM
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Originally Posted by bpollen View Post
The usual stuff. My climate is hot, so I can't use hacks for cold weather.

Just moved, so I list things I did in prior house, and some of which, but not all yet, that I do in new house.

1. I am hot natured, so heat bothers me a lot. I gradually work up the temp setting on a/c throughout summer, so I get acclimated to it. It's July. I'm at 74 degrees. I'll be at 78 degrees by end of summer.

2. Use ceiling fans when in room I'm in.

3. Use oscillating fans. I have three, and one stationary room fan.

4. I used a SMALL white energy efficient a/c window unit in my bedroom (which can't be seen from street) to sleep at night. I turn the whole house a/c temp up, but can keep the BR cool.

5. I hang dry much of my laundry in bathrooms. It saves energy, as well as wear & tear on clothes. Am considering a portable hanging wheel for outside and/or garage, so can start drying them all in one place, and larger items like a sheet.

6. I keep lights turned off, even when leaving the room for a few minutes.

7. I don't use incandescent light bulbs, any more. I use CFL and LEDs, now that LEDs have come down in price. I much prefer the LEDs.

8. I learned to groom my Cocker Spaniel myself, investing in a good clipper.

9. My old athletic shoes become my new yard work shoes, which I use until they fall apart or come apart at the seams.

10. When I run an errand, I try to run al foreseeable errands, to save on gas.

11. I'm in the process of looking for online sources for household things & pet food & supplies that won't charge me sales tax. Not much luck, since the prices, so far, are higher so that saving on sales tax doesn't matter.

12. I've found that shopping at Sam's Club does save me money. It depends on what you buy, since you have to make up for the member fee. I buy pet treats & supplies, certain bags of fruit, car gasoline, my favorite face cream, lotion packs, cheese, generic nicotine gum.

13. I moved further away from Sam's Club, so that I am going to go there once a month instead of every two weeks. If I run out of things ahead of time, I'll order from Sam's online.

14. I've started checking out the local dollar stores more. There are several near me (Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Fred's). My hair color is there at a reduced price, as well as a few other things. It's also convenient to get in and out in a few minutes & park right in front.

15. I grocery shop at at least two stores, to get certain items at each. In my case, that's WalMart and Market Basket. Even if the other stores have lower prices, they are farther away so it doesn't pay to make the trip, unless I'm going that direction anyway.

16. Have to buy a dryer for the new house. Or do I? I'm considering doing without a dryer altogether. I don't use one much, anyway. I use it mainly for sheets & lightweight blankets & quilts. If I buy the dryer, buying on sale is required (they are on sale right now), and a coupon is better (I have a coupon, too!). Free delivery & install included.

17. Bought my new fridge on a great sale, with great reviews. Researched thoroughly and read all reviews. It is everything I hoped it'd be.

18. I don't have the icemaker & water hooked up to fridge. I use ice trays and a Brita filter pitcher instead. This saves on electricity to run the icemaker & there will be no future repairs to the icemaker or water setup (the #1 repair for fridges). Leaks are far less likely, too.

19. I use generic, whenever possible, IF the generic is good, and IF the price is lower enough.

20. I keep all windows covered, even if it's two-paned glass, exept for limited periods of time at certain times of day, for dog's to look out of.

21. I cut the cable. I use digital antennas. In my new house, they are indoor antennas, but not enough channels, so am going to upgrade to an attic antenna. I am going to see if I can do that myself instead of hiring a service to do it for me.

22. I am going to buy my own modem & router to replace the combo I pay the internet provider for every month.

23. I got a Roku years ago, to add to my tv viewing, when I cut the cable. It's awesome. How did I get along w/o it?

24. I bought some rechargeable batteries. Not sure that saves $, since it takes a long time recharging and they're pricey. But I'm still trying those out.

25. I have a window in secondary bedroom that faces west. The sun hits that window. I have room to plant a quality tree out in the yard that will eventually shade that area. In the meantime, I'm going to put up a lattice thing or a tall shrub in a pot to provide immediate shade. (I think awnings would be too expensive, & sun would still shine in when the sun is low in the sky.)
wonderful tips!
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Old 07-13-2017, 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Gerania View Post
The average home gardener spends more than they gain.
Yes, we just fed hook worms. They do eat Ghost Peppers - stem, leaf and fruit.
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Old 07-13-2017, 07:09 PM
Location: Vallejo
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Originally Posted by TAZORAC View Post
What are some things you guys do in the house that allows you to save money.

For example I use store bags instead of trash bags and hang them on my door knobs in the bedrooms. In the kitchen I hang it on a drawer knob ...I throw away the store bags everyday at work.

What are some other hacks you guys do around the house that helps you save money?

I used to use grocery bags for trash, but I didn't leave them full of kitchen waste hanging from the front of the cabinets. I put them in a trash can under the sink. Used to. Now I have to buy garbage bags since it's California. Bedrooms is kind of whatever. Again, I wouldn't do it but it's not like there's table scraps so just not my cup of tea.
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Old 07-13-2017, 09:51 PM
Location: Mass
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If you have an older toilet put a gallon or 1/2 gal plastic milk jug filled with water in the basin and you will save that amount of water when you flush.
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Old 07-14-2017, 09:39 AM
Location: Des Moines Metro
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Some electric companies will do an energy audit for free -- check your company's website to see if yours does.

I couldn't afford to do everything that they listed on mine, but installing smart power strips and a programmable thermostat has saved hundreds of dollars already.

I'm frugal, but my time is worth something, too. I look where I can save on big items, like insurance. It's worth it to me to spend an hour researching companies. On the other hand, I won't drive to 10 different stores to save $1. Where I used to live, I could bike to several different grocery stores, so I did it for exercise, but I wouldn't drive to do it.
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Old 07-14-2017, 07:33 PM
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I lower the dial/heat on my water heater in the summer. When we had triple digits start up here, I had to lower the heat, it was so hot taking a shower...even when I was turning the faucet lower to cold.
It's a little better now.

Sometimes I'll hang my clothes outside on my wooden rack that unfolds.

I also close up all the blinds and turn on all my ceiling fans. I have 6. One in every room plus the kitchen!
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Old 07-16-2017, 06:44 PM
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I turned my pilot light on my gas fireplace off this past year since I never use it.
I hang dry everything I wash to prevent shrinkage and wear and tear on clothes.
I own my own modem and router also.
I use blackout curtains for windows that get full sun.
I love to save money~
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