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Having a place to call your own is great, but it also comes with a lot of responsibilities. Every time you turn around you seem to be paying out money for something of others. These costs can take a chunk out of your salary every month.
Follow our money-saving tips on running your own home.
Sometimes you have to spend money to save money. Not keeping up with regular maintenance on your home can cause bigger and more expensive issues later on. For example, not cleaning your gutters regularly could lead to them breaking away from the property or letting water damage the walls. Or fixing a small roofing issue before it leads to damage to your property and the replacement of roof beams and tiles.
Running a home requires a range of insurances and energy contracts. Many people don’t bother to challenge the renewal quotes they get every year and stay with the same supplier, even if it’s not the cheapest option for you.
Take some time to get alternative pricing on all of your bills. If you’re keen to stick with the same supplier, give them a call and ask them if there’s anything they can do to make sure you get the best deal possible with them.
Reduce Your Energy Bills
Heating and cooling your home can take a lot of energy, which in turn costs a lot of money. In an effort to save the planet and your bank balance, adopting some environmentally friendly habits can go a long way.
Ensure that your home is suitably insulated, so that heat isn’t escaping through walls and windows. Seal any gaps around doors and letterboxes.
Have your air conditioning system serviced regularly so that it’s running efficiently. Close all doors and windows so that you aren’t airconditioning the outside.
Consider A Water Meter
Unless you have a large family or have unusually high water usage rates, then a water meter can reduce your bills. By only paying for what you use, you’ll be paying a fair price. It will also make you more mindful of the amount of water you’re using too.
Learn How To Shop Smartly
Buying groceries and household essentials can add a lot to your monthly outgoings, especially if you’re not careful about what you buy or where you shop. Learn to use special offers, bulk buy deals, and coupons to buy the everyday essentials that you use every day. The initial spend might seem a lot bigger but over time, you’ll be spending less money.
Another way to make sure that your get the most out of your shopping experience is to organize your pantry, cupboards, and refrigerator. How many times have you thrown away food because you forgot it was there and went bad, or bought something only to find you already had three of them, but because they weren’t organized properly, you didn’t know you had them. Have a complete clear out so that you know what you have and use it efficiently.