Welcome to our quest for Financial freedom. We are constantly in search of money saving measures that we can put in place in our home.
How We Saved Money this Month
Last month we started hanging our clothes on the line. I would love to tell you it was a very sophisticated pulley system, however, I simply some rope to two trees and wham bam a clothes line. Okay yes it is a little bit hillbilly and seriously it’s embarrassing…well if you know me I’m not embarrassed. I am simply completely unwilling to spend the money to erect a clothes line I am not convinced I would use!
Additionally , we included the kids in keeping costs down by encouraging them to turn off lights. Let me elaborate….if they do not turn off lights all 3 of them stand in the corner for 5 minutes! It’s a punishment I am always willing to implement and now we have three light turning off kids! Wayne added a reward if we are getting ready to go and they have turned off the light in their room and closet then they get a treat (like some of a .33 bag of candy to split, stickers, a scoop of ice cream (from our freezer) or something similarly inexpensive). I also made sure to turn off the computers.
Well, the results came in after a month of consistently using the clothes line that we realized a savings our October bill was $241 last month and this month it is $180, that is a savings of $60 (our lowest bill this year was $227 in April) !
Consider Yearly Savings on Laundry
Well, maybe $43 isn’t enough for you to consider a clothes line but when you consider savings as a per year or percentage you can really see how every cent effects the bottom line.
We wash a minimum of 2 loads for 90 minutes each a day (but we often wash 3 loads a day) Monday -Saturday and Sunday is catch up day on which usually a load is washed. I hang at least 75% of these loads on the line and have come to love the smell of air dried sheets.
So over a year we would save about the $524ish by using clothes line. I always try to look at savings (or spending) over a years period of time so I can see the true picture.
Cost cutting measures
Next on our Agenda of Money Saving Measures
- Switch to the spiral lights, find a water cooler cover (we are also finding out how much a solar water heater will cost, as well as a tankless water heater!)
- finally this year our Christmas lights are going on a timer!
So, perhaps this December we will look for a design for a nice efficient & inexpensive clothes line that costs no more then $60 but hopefully way cheaper! Don’t forget to vote in our poll about whether or not we should get rid of our home phone and go 100% cellular??? (Savings of $710.04 per year!!!)
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