Thepandemic has affected us all in different ways, and lost income is one of the most difficult to deal with. Quarantine meant more ways to save money for many of us, too — whether from cutting down gas consumption while we worked from home, or just because we were less likely to eat out — but as some of us head back to work, saving money will continue to be important. A little careful planning could help you stretch that a few weeks further. (And here’s what we know about a .)
We’ve already written aboutyou can get while you’re at home, but here are 28 ways you can start cutting costs around the house right now.
In the kitchen
Grow herbs: A bundle of herbs costs three or four bucks. Keeping a little herb garden on your window sill will cost the same to get, but can yield herbs for months.
Don’t buy bottled water: Bottled water seems cheap, but it gets expensive fast. Settle for a, and you can use tap water. It’s cheaper over time, and it’s better for the environment, too.
Make your own coffee: It seems obvious, but those daily Americanos can easily take a chunk out of your bank account. Useor French press for coffee instead. For ideas, here’s how to make , and .
Throw almost-spoiled veggies in the freezer: Buying veggies, then opting for the tastier freezer meals while the leafy greens spoil was a weekly ritual in our house. Then we started tossing nearly spoiled veggies in the freezer to use for smoothies. It cut our weekly waste way down. Here are more tips to .
Keep your freezer full: Speaking of freezers, when you keep your freezer full, it works more efficiently, taking less energy to keep the contents cold.
Keep your dishwasher full, too: Running half-loads of dishes is a quick way to waste water and dish detergent.
Break out that Dutch oven: It could be a Dutch oven or aof any kind, but cooking in bulk really helps cut down the costs associated with more individual-size meals.
Eat leftovers: This isn’t a tip so much as a choice. Keep your leftovers and don’t give yourself the excuse not to eat them. It’ll stretch your dollar way further.
Be selective about organic foods: Organic food can be pricey, and ethically grown meat is even more expensive. So get…
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