Monday, December 17, 2007

DO Sweat the Small Stuff!

Small lifestyle changes, ones you barely even notice, can have a huge impact on your overall financial picture. The only thing you have to do is be aware of the opportunities for change that exist all around you. Keep the question, “Am I wasting money?” at the back of your mind as you go about your day. After a while, your small changes will become routine, and you’ll save money without a second thought!

Start making a difference today by doing these little things:

  • Brush your teeth in the shower.

  • Reuse plastic wrap, food storage bags, or aluminum foil.

  • Wash your clothes in cold water.

  • Use half your usual amount of shampoo, conditioner, or body wash.

  • Get out of the shower five minutes earlier than usual.

  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room.

  • Set the thermostat two degrees lower than usual.

  • Shut your computer down before going to bed.

There are literally hundreds of small changes you can make that will have an impact on your overall financial picture. All you have to do is identify them.

What little life changes have you made? Have you made a significant dent in your budget? Let readers know in the comments!


Mom2fur said...

The little things really do add up. I do wash some of my things in hot or warm water, mostly because cold water does not kill dust mites, and I have allergies. Hot water is for towels--I don't really know why I do this, it's mostly psychological. Warm water is for bed linens. I also use warm when I prewash fabric I'm going to use for sewing, to be sure to get the most shrinkage before I make a garment. Overall, though, I'd say 85% of my laundry is done in cold water.
If I tried to brush my teeth in the shower...I'd probably end up with toothpaste on my foot. Or soap on my toothbrush, LOL!
The frugal thing I'm doing today is drying my clothes in 10 minute increments (with an initial drying time of 20 minutes) and checking until they are done, instead of just randomly setting the dryer on 40 or 50 minutes. I bet if I keep up with this, those little bits of saved drying time will really add up to energy and cost savings!

Melissa said...

I completely agree!

Many Blessings,