Right so you may have a rota in your house, which requires a certain person to do the dishes on a given day, do the washing or take out the rubbish. We all establish house regimes to help us keep our house ticking over and in good shape. Have you ever thought of making your house regime one that achieves a dual purpose though? So for example having an environmentally friendly regime, or a ‘reduce energy’ regime, or a regime which centres on saving money. Read on and we will show you how to turn your simple house routines into cash saving habits.
Shop as a family or as a unit
Shopping is a chore, and some people deal with this in different ways. Some of us become resigned to buying expensive stuff because we don’t have the time / energy / willpower to shop around. Some of us just go without and end up ordering from the takeaway. A good way around this is to have a regular slot where you go shopping as a unit or as a family. That way you all have time to get everything you need, and also have time to shop around which makes for more cost-effective shopping.
Shopping around for the other components in your house hold budgeting is a good idea too. Take the internet for example, depending on your family circumstances it could be that only one family member uses the web, or its your young children and you still pay through the nose for a family plan internet service, shopping. I’d recommend you check out mobi-data.co.uk – they offer ultra-low data sim cards for smartphones compared to anything else on the market I have found and could end shaving a significant section off your household expenses
Do your own DIY or ask friends to help
Doing your own DIY can be immensely satisfying, and it can save you oddles of cash. So, you want a new patio? Why don’t you buy a how to guide and give it a go yourself? You could even ask a friend to help you if you get stuck. If you set a rule that DIY is done internally you will undoubtedly save cash on bringing workmen in to do the jobs you can teach yourself to do. Why not tune in to a good DIY programme on the telly and pick up some tips for home improvement, or buy a few cheap tools that will help you morph into the coolest DIY guy around?
It is a fact: houses get cluttered. We replace this and we replace that, but we don’t quite know what to do with the item we have just replaced, so we ‘store’ it. This is a slippery slope to the cluttering of your home and there is an easy way to avoid it. It is called the ‘have I used or really need this in six months rule?’. You apply this rule to all the items stored in your home whether it is that jumper that ‘used to fit you’ or that lampshade you just have to fix but don’t have time. The application of this simple rule will enable you to identify clutter you no longer need, and what better way to deal with this than by selling it on Gumtree or Ebay? Then you will be decluttering regularly, but also making a profit!