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Old 07-09-2017, 01:33 AM
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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?

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Old 07-09-2017, 01:38 AM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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NO need for AC (mild Climate) always build a basement so I can retreat there for winter or summer

Build passive solar (Free)

heat with wood (free from my forest)

a friend uses a WVO (Waste Veggie oil / free) Genset to sell power back to utility and to heat his floors with engine temp. (4 hrs / day in winter)
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Old 07-09-2017, 08:52 AM
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I use sunlight whenever possible. The air conditioner is on auto.
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Old 07-09-2017, 10:46 AM
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I used to use store plastic bags all the time to through out little bags of trash.
I'd take them to work, and toss them in the large bullet-top cans near the elevator. Heck I pass the elevator every day why not throw a bag in there.

If I'm going to the store -- grocery or big box store or buying club store -- where I know they always have a large trash can outside -- and if I remember -- I'll take a bag and toss it in the trash can there.

Now, I don't do that exclusively and I don't do it so I never had to even have regular trash bags. But if I have a lot of take out trash and I'm heading to work or to the store -- why not take a small bag of trash out with me and toss it in a can I'm going to walk right by anyway.

As I said, I still use regular trash bags. Of course I do. BUT, the smaller trash removal does cut down on how often I even put out a bigger sized trash bag. So that in turn cuts down on how much I spend on trash bags. But what are we talking about....maybe $20.00 a year. Not exactly big bucks.

Also what I HATE DOING is putting out a bigger bag of trash that's NOT FULL. Now THAT is a waste. And sometimes I have food container trash that's starting to get an aroma but no other trash. So THAT's the kind of thing I'll put in the smaller plastic grocery bag and drop off at work or at a store. OR...I'll just keep the smaller bags in my freezer until I get enough of them to put with other trash to make a full kitchen sized trash bag. I hardly EVER have enough trash for a big 33 gallon size black-or-brown trash bag.

Also being SINK,
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Old 07-10-2017, 06:44 AM
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Put cat poop in a cheap grocery bag. Probably a once in a lifetime experience.
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Old 07-10-2017, 10:22 AM
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to through out
Yikes. Did I really type, "to through out?"
Grammar check where are you??

I meant to say "to throw out."

Wow....and a sentence to nowhere at the bottom.
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Old 07-10-2017, 11:54 AM
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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.)
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Old 07-10-2017, 12:07 PM
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It takes 1.5 gallons of cold water before the hot water arrives to my bathroom faucet and shower. So I bottle it in old 1 gallon juice bottles and pour it into a bucket and keep it in the tub. When it's time for my children's bath, I pour out that water from the bucket into the tub so the water is used for their bath.

My local library gives out free paper bags to line our little green garbage can. Love it. It's free.

I wash my clothes in the washer, but hang dry them during the spring and summer. Makes the dryer last longer and I'm sure I'm saving electricity too.
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Old 07-11-2017, 08:34 AM
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Whenever I get annoyed with my house and feel the urge to decorate or change things up...... I start cleaning the house, deep cleaning if I have to . by the end the desire to shop goes away and I feel better. saved myself lot of money by doing this
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Old 07-11-2017, 09:26 AM
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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I recently cut my cable service and bought an antenna. I am using two pay streaming services
(Netflix, Hulu) and watching broadcast TV in HD, but saving a lot per month.

Reduce your internet speed, if possible. How many really need 50 mbps into a house with 2 users?
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