I like to save money but I am kind of lazy so I look for ways to save money without working too hard at. These are some of the things that I do to cut costs without inconveniencing myself too much or creating extra work. I am actually quite lazy.
1) My big jug of Costco dish soap (bought on sale of course) is watered down and used to wash dishes in the kitchen and hands in the bathroom. I have an empty hand soap dispenser in my bathroom that I just keep reloading with dish soap cut half and half with water.
2) I just used that watered down dish soap to wash some of my unmentionables and socks in the bathroom sink. Laundry should only be done when there is a full load and I try and postpone the time between laundries by hand washing a few things. If you drop by unannounced and I excuse myself it is because I am pulling my underwear down from the shower curtain rod. Hand washing means less loads of laundry. It means less electricity use, less water use and less wear and tear on the washing machine and my clothes.
3) We pay for every drop of water we use around here so I take shallow baths. There were only a few nights this winter when I was frozen and couldn’t get warmed after a frustrating day at work that I put a lot of water in the tub. I have a gas hot water heater and my gas provider, Enbridge, just announced a 40% hike in our gas rates. That is not a typo – it is a 40% rise in my gas rates so reducing hot water usage has suddenly taken on a new urgency.
4) Blow your nose with toilet paper instead of facial tissue.
5) My previously broken dishwasher seems to be working after one of my sons fiddled with it. I am thrilled but with the rise in gas rates I will have to try and conserve here as well. I never use the dry cycle and just pop the door open when it is done running. The dog likes to prewash the dishes to remove any caked on food so I am experimenting with the light wash cycle instead of the normal cycle. The machine will run for a shorter time meaning less electricity and less water used. We have time of use electricity rates here so I only run it when it is full after 7:00pm or on weekends to take advantage of the less expensive rates.
6) Hanging my laundry inside all year round. This may not work for everyone but I have a roomy laundry room and a few racks. It was harder when the children were younger and I would have to resort to the dryer when someone lost their lunch on the bedding but other than that I hang everything. I have been doing this for years and I used to wash a load of cloth diapers every night and hang them for the morning. 2 kids in cloth diapers was a lot of laundry.
7) Pick change up in the parking lot. A surprising amount of people will walk past a nickel or dime on the ground. I use it as an opportunity to stretch my hamstrings.
8) Buy the big tubs of yogurt and scoop it in to dishes for lunch. Those little cups of yogurt are expensive and they are also very small. I take yogurt for lunch most days to work (calcium and protein) and I would need 2 of those pricey little cups. Costco has the best prices in my area on the big tubs.
9) Freeze vegetables that might spoil before you eat them. I made a freezer batch of pasta sauce this week and I was able to pull out chopped up celery and onions from the freezer to add to the pot. Instead of waste I chop the veggies before they spoil and freeze until needed.
10) Wear mismatched socks. There are several socks that no longer have a mate hanging on a towel bar drying right now. Just because they don’t have an identical mate doesn’t mean they are ready to be dust rags. My black socks never seem to match and I just pair the other singles with something that is close. This is not a good suggestion if you are a socks and sandals kind of a person. It is only a good suggestion if you are wearing pants too.