Saving money –– much like making money –– often requires lots of hard work. Indeed, many people find it difficult to save money, because doing so usually requires big changes in their routine and/or lifestyle choices. And change rarely comes easy. Fortunately, there are ways that busy professionals can save money on a regular basis, without drastically altering the way they already go about their lives.
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Here are our five top tips to save money –– that won’t force you to rearrange your entire life in the process:
Save on Utilities
Anyone can have a mental lapse and accidentally leave the lights on in their living room after they head out for the day. However, consistently leaving on the lights or other electrical appliances in your home can needlessly run up your bills. In addition, consider adjusting your thermostat to save money and conserve energy. For reference, the recommended temperature for air conditioner settings in the home during the summer months is 78F.
Does one of your coworkers live on your route to work? If so, then consider reaching out and asking about the possibility of carpooling. Not only is carpooling good for the environment, but it can help you and a coworker save serious money on gasoline. Plus, if you carpool with the right person, you shouldn’t have to adjust your daily routine at all!
Make Lists & Stick to Them
Some of the most successful professionals make lists in order to stave off procrastination and maximize their productivity. In the same vein, savvy shoppers make lists to avoid impulse purchases. Before you head out to the grocery or department store next, make a list of everything you need to buy and stick to it. If it didn’t make the list, then it can wait until later.
Remember when you signed up for that streaming service to watch a new TV show and then forgot to cancel your subscription? Well, just because you forgot about it, it doesn’t mean the bills have stopped coming! Take some time out to cancel any subscriptions you may have to streaming services or magazines that you no longer use.
Call the Pros
Of course, it’s a good thing to be handy around the house and to know how to fix small issues like leaky faucets and such. However, you should never try and take on a major home improvement project by yourself. Doing so could actually make the situation worse and cost you more money in the long run.