Approximate $ Savings: $2,500 annually
Becoming a seasoned "Cheapskate" has taught me to always be on the lookout for ways to save $$$. At first glance, many things may not seem to be worth the effort, however the results, when combined and calculated over a years time, are significant. For example:
- a call to the phone company saved me $5,
- a change in cable service -$13,
- called the refuse company to discuss rates -$3,
- closed our Safety Deposit box -$2.10,
- switched from disposable to reusable (dish rags, napkins, plates, etc.) -$6,
- eliminated most all junk food purchases -$33 (and 10 lbs.:),
- one additional week between hair appointments -$10,
- cancelled daily newspaper delivery $8.33,
- on-line bill payments -$3.33,
- reduced electric -$15.50,
- natural gas -$8.33,
- practice ESSENTIAL spending -$86,
- use Cheapskates washing powder -$12.50.
Combined, these small monthly changes save us (at least) $2,500 annually.
Happily, we can add to that another $300, as we are now able to avoid the late penalty on our property taxes!
After getting started, it's become a bit of a game, and the savings just keep coming!
Contributed by Laura Toy