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Cutting Costs On Everyday Living

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There are many things that you can do to save money on everyday living expenses. To get started, take an inventory of the things you spend money on on a daily basis. Make a list, starting with morning activities, daily spending habits, and things that cost you even when you are asleep at night.

The list should include utility bills, eating expenses, shopping, driving habits, personal hygiene products, house cleaning products, and everything that you have to pay for, such as carpet cleaning, car washes, paying a gardener, and other services that you pay for that you can do yourself.

You will be pleasantly surprised at the amount of money you can save by looking at the little things you spend on every day.

For instance, paying a gardner to cut your lawn can cost you $60.00 or more per month. If you buy a lawnmower and cut your own grass, the lawnmower will pay for itself with 6 months and you can cut your lawn yourself, and get plenty of exercise, fresh air, and sunshine as a bonus.

You can cut back on the costs of utility bills by installing energy efficient light bulbs, and electrical power saving devices throughout the house, and turning off lights, television sets, computers, and other appliances when no one is using them.

Air conditioning units and heating systems should be serviced regularly, and coils and filters should always be cleaned and/or replaced when necessary.

Cut back on sodas and coffee. If you have to have a soda every day, which may not be that healthy for you anyway, buy them in large quantities and catch them on sale. It is much cheaper to buy a coffee maker and filters so you can make your own coffee than to spend $3.00 to $5.00 per cup at expensive coffee shops.

It may be hard to believe but, in many cases, tap water tastes just as good or better than bottled water, and is better for your teeth and your overall health.

When you go grocery shopping, search for bargains and shop with coupons. Some supermarkets have discontinued offering double coupon values, but they offer big discounts of food products to entice customers to continue shopping in their stores.

Check out store brands. Many store brands are manufactured by name brand companies but are sold under the store name. You may be surprised at the costs, the taste comparison, and the same health values.

Buy meats and poultry in quantities that you know you are going to use soon because a lot of meats and meat products are thrown away due to freezer burn when left frozen for to long, especially if they are not wrapped and packaged correctly.

Vegetables and fruits will become limp and go bad if they are left in the refrigerator to long, too. To keep them fresh, even in the refrigerator, keep them in air tight bags or containers.

Cook regularly, eat leftovers, and take your lunch to work with you. In today's world of fast food restaurants, many people have gotten away from the basic of cooking and eating good home cooked meals. Not only is home cooking better for your health, it is more cost effective.

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