Finding ways to cut household costs is often a pain. Usually, it means cutting back on a mixture of standards and enjoyment. Eliminating cable television is a common suggestion, along with eating out less and cutting back on the use of heaters or air conditioners.
In this article, we’re going to go beyond the norm and give you six ways you can save some coin that might seem a bit…odd.
- Use a bidet. – Let’s be honest. If you come inside covered in dirt or mud, do you grab some paper towels and think, “I’ll just rub this stuff off and be good to go”? Of course, you don’t. Yet here we are paying exorbitant amounts of cash to use dead trees where the sun does not shine.
Bidets aren’t expensive, either. You can find them online for as little as $25. Priced at only a few rounds of toilet paper, the return on investment is swift. And now you only have to deal with educated guests on proper use.
- Unplug your electronics. – This one may not seem very odd until you start thinking about all of the things you usually leave plugged in. Most people keep their game consoles, televisions, and computers are only a few of the items that could be driving up your electric bills. According to the Department of Energy, devices that are always plugged in can account for around 10% of your costs. However, guests may think it a bit odd when you have to plug in the TV before watching a movie.
- Potty train your cat. – This one is not for everyone. But cat owners can see where this is going. Litter gets expensive. Having a toilet-trained cat is far less costly. The practice has even become common enough to spawn step-by-step instruction articles and videos.
- Store batteries in the refrigerator. – Batteries lose power even when you aren’t draining them with heavy use. While the typical Alkaline battery (AA, AAA, and D) only loses around 5% per year up to 85 degrees Fahrenheit, that rate spikes to 25% when temperatures reach 100 degrees or more. If you live in a cooler climate, storing your batteries somewhere cold may not have as significant an effect as for those who live in hotter regions. But any extra charge your batteries can provide is that much longer until you have to buy more.
- Cut the corner of your toothpaste tube once it’s “empty.” – The toothpaste tube is flat and rolled up. But it isn’t as empty as you think it is. Try cutting off the corner of the tube and pushing any excess toward that corner. You’ll probably have several days’ worth of supply left for use.
- Ditch the liquid soap and, possibly, the loofah. – There is always some soap left in that darn bottle, isn’t there? And while you could probably put a bit of water in and shake it around, you’re never going to get it all. But bar soap doesn’t have that problem. It comes in a disposable box, and the entire thing is right there for use. It costs far less than the average liquid soap, too, around 50 cents a bar.
If you can handle a complete change, consider ditching the loofah as well. These cleaning devices don’t ever really dry out, resulting in a breeding ground for bacteria, including fungal organisms that can cause skin infections. They also cost more than the laundry-friendly washcloths, which run around 66 cents apiece.
While all of your friends and family are talking about cutting cords and skipping the coffee shop, you can dare to be different. Next time you find its time to tighten the budget, think about these ways you can save some coin…or come up with one of your own.
What weird ways do you save money? Let us know in the comments.