How is your family saving money?

Recession, depression or just saving for any sort of economy-related emergency, lots of people are cutting costs.

In the spirit of Christmas, here are:

The 12 Ways of Saving this Season: (I’ll put a * next to the ones we’re actually doing in my house).  

12 minute showers. You’ll save on your water and gas bill. Just put a timer in the bathroom.

Take 11 books off your shelf. And trade them in at Half-Price Books or keep the cash for selling them. * 

Take 10 from your gym. Dump that monthly bill and try running outside instead. It’s free! * (currently under consideration)

Save 9 dollars by checking out two books from the library instead of Blockbuster. It appears the Houston Public Library rents out DVDs.  I never knew this. If you can’t get a new release, try RedBox. Movies are just $1.

Take 8 minutes each Sunday to clip coupons from the paper. But you gotta follow through and use them.*

Be there at 7! Invite friends over for a night of games (or whatever you do) instead of going out.

Whether it’s 6 bucks or $60… set a limit on Holiday spending on gifts and get everyone in the family on board.*  

5 brown bags for each day of the work week. Pack your lunch instead of eating out.*

Use cold water 4 more loads of laundry. Unless you’re washing towels or really grubby clothes, most items can be washed in cold water, saving money on gas (or electric, depending on what kind of hot water heater you have).

3 reasons to dump your landline: Cell phone plans are less expensive, long distance is free and you’re always reachable. * 

2 months of no clothes shopping. I set a goal and stayed out of all clothing stores from Oct. 18th through December 15th (Yes… today I gave in). * Set your own goal and challenge yourself.

Make 1 gift co-workers will appreciate. Instead of the usual gift card or stressing over what to buy your co-workers, make something instead.* I made cookies and candy… actually gotta go… the kitchen timer just went off.

Let me know what you and your family are doing to save money.

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2 Responses

  1. Not sure about the “always reachable”. In emergencies situations, their circuits get busy just like landlines. My cell phone did not work for several days after the hurricane, but my landline worked fine. Also, Ike just showed us how long you can be without power (to charge the phone)Otherwise, great ideas for saving money.

  2. Not sure about the “always reachable”. In emergencies situations, their circuits get busy just like landlines. My cell phone did not work for several days after the hurricane, but my landline worked fine. Also, Ike just showed us how long you can be without power (to charge the phone). Otherwise, great ideas for saving money.

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