05 January 2009

Tip of the Day January 5, 2009

25 Easy Ways to Save Cents

1. Recycle items for different uses.
2. Use newspaper for wrapping food scraps and as pedal bin liners.
3. Organize your house.
4. Buy energy efficient light bulbs.
5. Only run the dishwasher when it is full.
6. Wash dishes by hand to save even more money.
7. Use less laundry detergent than called for.
8. Wash clothes in cold water.
9. Don't overuse hot water.
10. Fix dripping taps.
11. Fix a constantly running toilet.
12. Consider fans instead of air conditioners.
13. Set your thermostat 3 degrees lower than usual for heating and cooling.
14. Use coupons - petrol dockets, two for one offers, discounts on car services etc.
15. Consider buying clothing at op shops or factory outlets.
16. Only shop once a week.
17. Don't go to the supermarket when you're hungry.
18. Do not shop at convenience stores.
19. Buy store brands and generics.
20. Stock up on items when they are on sale.
21. Buy items in bulk (if you can save money).
22. Buy used furniture.
23. Strip or recover furniture you already own.
24. Quit smoking.
25. ~~Be happy with what you have.~~


  1. These comments came in via email today.

    "Thanks. A very good list
    We already do items 2, 4, 6, 8, 9 & 10. Item 3 is not applicable to us, but I know a fellow who stopped and bought a top of the range personal computer and all peripheral equipment in one year.

    Item 1 we do not do, as our expenses are just daily consumption items, as we are debt free as far as home and cars are concerned. We use cash or a debit card on our own bank account and thus pay neither fees nor interest on a credit card.

    Item 5 we tried but two oldies do not eat enough meat to warrant continuing, I've gone blue in the face on item 7 to no avail so I guess we can afford the convenience of a couple of remote controls." Neville Crocombe

    "Well I guess we're doing well as we do all of these tips except 24/ give up smoking - lucky we never ever started!!" Carol Kavanagh

  2. "Hi,

    I wanted to comment on tip number 25 of the newsletter today "Be happy with what you have "

    I think this is the most important tip of all... in this age of consumerism and indulgence we all too often lose sight of what really matters for a good life .... good health, solid, happy and supportive relationships, a good sense of humour and the gratitude for the things we DO have, as opposed to wanting what we don't have(both material and emotional)

    Thanks for a great newsletter and website..." Caz R, Boronia


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