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8 Little Tricks to Save Big Bucks

If you’ve ever tried cutting your expenses to save money, you know how hard it can be to do. Many people seem to have the idea that saving money has to be some huge, grandiose effort but the reality of it is that the biggest savings often comes from small acts.

The following 8 “little” tricks are great because they add up, to create “big” savings.

8 Little Tricks to Save Big Bucks

8 Little Tricks to Save Big Bucks 

Add a bottle of water to your toilet tank – When your toilet flushes, it uses considerably more water than it needs. By adding a full bottle of water (or a bottle of rocks or sand) to the back of your toilet tank, you’ll displace more water. This means that your toilet will use much less to fill up and flush than it typically does. It will still flush fine and you’ll save a bit on your water bill.

Line dry your clothes as much as possible – Not only is line drying your clothes much better for your clothing and the environment, but it also lowers your power bill {or natural gas if you have a gas dryer}. Even if you can only line dry a couple of loads per week, you’ll still be saving something.

Plan a menu for your family – There’s a reason why bloggers are so good at promoting menu planning – because it works! Even if you don’t plan all three meals every day, planning dinner alone can help you save big! If you’ve tried it before and failed, give it another shot, but start easy. Plan one meal a week and work your way up to planning every single day.

Freezer cook meals – Along with meal planning, freezer cooking can also help add up your savings. Having a home cooked meal ready to go in the freezer will keep you from eating out or choosing unhealthy foods. We all know that eating out can really break your budget, so aim to freezer cook and save that money instead.

Replace your curtains – Sunlight can really heat up your home. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing in the winter, it can work against you during the summer months. Use curtains that block out those rays to help keep your home cooler. By default, when the temperature is lower, your air conditioning will not have to work as hard and you’ll save a significant amount on your power bill.

Time your showers – Showers use more than 3.7 litres of water per minute so when you stand in the shower and let the water hit you, you are literally pouring your money down the drain. To keep the cost down, time your showers and keep them short. Your water bill will thank you.

Air up your tires – If you drive, make sure that your car tires are inflated properly. Under inflated tires result in your car’s motor having to work harder to get up to speed. By keeping the tires properly inflated, you’ll save money on gas since your engine isn’t working as hard.

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Disclosure: This is a compensated post, yet as always, all opinions are my own.

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21 Comments

  1. Our water bill is through the roof. I love the idea of adding a bottle of water to the toilet tank. How clever!

  2. My biggest points that I agree with are planning meals and freezer meals. When my wife and I do our budget, you can tell when I haven’t planned the meals out because I’ll go to the store almost every day to pick up something for the meal that night that I just thought of. Essentially, I nickle and dime us to death.

  3. I am trying to get back on the meal planning bandwagon. I fell off it a few years ago and now I am trying togged back on it. It saves SOOO much money!

  4. I used to line dry my laundry all summer long but lately I haven’t done it as much. When the nicer weather comes back I will have to start doing that again.

  5. These are great ways to save some money. I will have to try adding a bottle of sand to my toilet tank. Thanks for the great ideas.

  6. I am always looking for ways to save some money. Thanks for the great tips. I always hang my clothes out to dry as long as the weather allows. I will have to try the toilet trick.

  7. I try really hard to menu plan but it seems to never work out for me. I need to try to look into it again to save some money by stretching out similar ingredients.

  8. These are awesome tips to make your money stretch just a little further. I do some of these on the list but I need to take another look into others like freezer saving some meals.

  9. Great tips and they will save a lot of time and money; we always make a meal plan and it has been a lifesaver, best thing ever and we don’t have to run back and forth to the store all the time or the kids asking what we will eat, soooo worth it. Thanks for sharing

  10. I do nearly all these things, but I had no idea that you should replace your curtains. I don’t freeze meals either.

  11. I am always trying to save money where I can. I think my largest money suck is takeout coffee, and food!

  12. Meal planning has saved a lot of money for us. We only eat out once, maybe twice a week and all our meals are always planned.

  13. Yes, to meal planning and shorter showers. We are such water wasters in our house. Comparing insurance quotes can be a huge money saver! Sometimes a bit daunting, but totally worth it.

  14. These are all such great tips. I sure love trying to save money too. I need to get better at making meals and freezing them. I’m in the process of moving, so I’m going to start doing this real soon.

  15. I have been trying to tighten up my budget to start saving more. I would really benefit from daily meal planning and it would make life easier as well.

  16. Thank you for the insurance link! Time to renew my car insurance, I’m thinking of switching the car and the house. If I switch I will have to cancel the house insurance as it’s not up for renewal. But if I save money!

  17. I really need to clean out the dryer vent too – the one from the dryer to the outside. I also really need to get better at meal planning.

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