People are tired of the mass consumerism and indulging or spending on materialistic items. t’s time for a change. Last time I wrote about minimalism as a way to reboot your lifestyle and today we are going to explore another extreme lifestyle change: shopping bans.
As I go down this financial makeover I’ve come to terms with the fact that I am going to have to really pare down around here. I’ve spent the last month refraining from any unnecessary shopping and spending because I’ve been on maternity leave which has forced me to live on 60% of my income. Having done this I know it’s doable. I can continue to do this even though I am back to work now. Take a look around your home and ask yourself “Do I really need all this stuff? What does all this stuff mean to me? What does it do for me?”. The answers may surprise you.
By making a few simple changes in your everyday routine and investing a little money in tweaking your home now, you can end up saving big bucks on your utility bills in the long run. These are some great tips that are beyond the obvious and anyone can do without compromising your quality of life, or as I like to call it: without going full ghetto
1.Get a programmable Thermostat
- set it to a lower temperature when you’re at work during the day when energy costs are the highest, and turn it up about half an hour before you get home so it’s nice and warm for you
- receive a $25 credit on your Union Gas bill when you purchase any programmable thermostat
- save up to $100/yr in energy costs
2. Install a rainfall shower Head
- save up to $100/year in water-heating costs
- delivers lots of pressure but uses only half the water
- plus it looks and feels luxurious
3. Weather strip and caulk your windows and door Cracks
- stop warm air from escaping and cold air from coming into your house
- wasting 40% of home’s heating dollars
4. Make your curtains work for You
- during the day open your curtains to warm your home up and close them to keep out the chill at night
5. Change your filters every 3 months
- a clean furnace works more efficiently
6. Do the laundry and run the dishwasher during off-peak hours
- 7 pm to 7 am, and weekends
7. Switch out your light bulbs to energy star bulbs (aka. the coiled ones)
- uses 75% less energy than the regular ones
Do you have any money-saving tips when it comes to your utility bills? Please share in the comments below, I’d love to read them!
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Happy New Years everyone! Now that we are well into 2016 let’s revisit those resolutions you made at the beginning of the year. You made them with good intentions to fully follow through and you jumped eagerly into making them happen. January is a good month for gyms and a bad month for retail stores as we attempt to recover from the excesses of the holidays. But what happens in February? After the thrill of “making a change”, some of us all too often slump back into old habits and abandon our resolutions. Some of us, but not you, right? With the help of a few easy tools and hacks, we are going to make 2016 the year we stick to our resolutions. Let’s start with our financial resolutions – because you know how fun those are.