2 More Helpful Money Saving Tips – Part 3

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Jonathan graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. While he works for a contractor buying specialized tools, his passion is personal finance, frugal living, blogging, and stewardship.

What are some of your best tips on saving money? Here’s some personal experience on great ways to save an extra buck. I’d love to hear your tips! I have a list of about 60+ tips to save money. This is part 3 tips 8-9. I hope you enjoy!

8. Think Thrifty This Halloween

Trick or Treat

Buy candy from a warehouse box store. Costco or Sam’s Club typically sell candy in bulk. Pick up a few different bags to offer trick or treaters some variety.

Make your own costumes. There are a lot of tutorials and resources out there about Do It Yourself or D.I.Y. costumes. Or even consider maybe trading costumes with friends or family. Are you hosting or attending a Halloween party? Why not suggest a handmade-only rule to further ease the financial pressure. Pinterest also offers plenty of ideas on making your own costumes.

Buy arts and crafts at the Dollar General. Round up basic supplies to decorate your home or get ready-made treat bags. Get creative by buying items you can repurpose for wreaths, center pieces, and decorations for other holidays.

Find free activities in your community. Check out local community centers, churches, schools, or museums to see what is being offered family’s for free. A lot of churches in our area for example offer free events like “Fall Festivals” or like “Trunk or Treat”. These events offer games, candy, food, and fun for the whole family.

Shop at Surplus, Consignment, or Thrift Stores. If you like to bargain hunt this may be just the ticket for you. Surplus stores will have a large selection of slightly damaged or irregular inventory. Consignment stores such as Just Between Friends often have events all year long.

Shop in November! The day after Halloween most costumes, toys, and décor go on sale. Sometimes you can get deep discounts of 50-75% off or more. Buy next years costumes and items that store easily. This could seriously save money in the long run.

Skip the holiday altogether. If you really want to save simply turn off your lights, visit family, or visit friends out of town. If you don’t find the idea of opening your door to strangers enjoyable or have a religious objection to the holiday perhaps this is a good solution for you. About one in three Americans opt out of this holiday.

More Resources:

Youtube DIY Costumes: 30 Easy DIY Costume Ideas or 30 Last-Minute DIY Costume Ideas

 

9. Save Energy

Save Energy

Check out these 25 Energy Saving Tips!

Switch your ceiling fan to turn in a counter-clockwise direction in the summer. In the winter, run it at low speed, but clockwise.

Set the thermostat to automatic. Set your thermostat fan switch to “auto” to save energy. Leaving it in the “on” position keeps air running constantly.

Close air vents, if you have central AC, in rooms you’re not using so you’re not paying to cool them.

Plant trees to provide shade on the sunny side of your home.

Raise the temperature on your thermostat by a few degrees to save on your cooling costs.

Set your thermostat to 68 to 70 degrees during the day in the winter, and 65-68 degrees at night to keep your home comfortable and save on heating costs.

Limit your use of portable heaters. They’re great for “spot” heating, but running a 1,500-watt heater 24/7 can be expensive.

Set your thermostat to 50 to 60 degrees if going on vacation during the winter months, but don’t turn it off.

Heat your home with the sun’s help. Leave window shades or blinds open during the daytime. And consider using solar heat to supplement your normal heating source.

Replace standard bulbs with CFLs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs are more energy-efficient than regular bulbs, while giving off the same amount of light.

Turn off the lights when you leave your home.

Don’t leave lights on throughout the night unnecessarily.

Use microwaves and toaster ovens to cook or warm leftovers. You’ll use less energy than cooking with a conventional oven.

Set your refrigerator temperature between 30 and 42°F. Use the power-save switch if you have one.

Wash and dry several loads at once, so that your dryer isn’t completely cooled down when it heats up for the next load.

Separate wash loads into light and heavy fabrics for the shortest drying times. Or better yet – air-dry your lightest fabrics.

Hang dress clothing to air dry on portable laundry racks; they will also look better.

Set your dishwasher on economy mode, to use less water and electricity. Only wash the dishwasher when it’s full.

Turn off your dishwasher after the wash cycle — and let your dishes air-dry. You’ll save energy and keep your dishwasher from heating up your kitchen.

Match your pot size to the burner on your stove. Heat is lost when small pots are used on large burners.

Shorten those showers to cut hot water costs.

Reduce your water heater temperature setting from 140 degrees to 120 degrees — it will save you money while keeping water hot enough for showers and cleaning dishes.

Consider a laptop next time you’re looking to buy a computer – they use less energy than desktop computers.

Set your computer to sleep or hibernate mode instead of using a screen saver so it uses less electricity during periods of inactivity.

Unplug battery chargers for phones, laptops, etc. when the batteries are fully charged or the chargers are not in use. Many chargers draw power continuously, even when the device is not plugged into the charger.

 

 

 

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Jonathan graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. While he works for a contractor buying specialized tools, his passion is personal finance, frugal living, blogging, and stewardship.

50 Comments

  1. These are definitely helpful. Halloween is a time to be creative, that means creative in saving money as well. You can surely make costumes without spending a dime!

  2. Unplug everything that doesn’t need to be plugged in like phone chargers etc. We had an energy savings guy come out and he told us that ceiling fans don’t cool the room so we should turn them off if no one is in there.

  3. Great tips on both Halloween and Energy. My husband drives me crazy leaving everything on all the time. I didn’t know that you could even make your ceiling fan go in different directions. Maybe we just have really old ones that don’t do that. I definitely will be shopping after Halloween this year!
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  4. Great tips, as always. When I was in uni I shared an apt. with 2 other girls who were often out for the weekends. I usually turned off the heating completely and lived in sweaters during those days to save cash. It’s great being in a middle floor apartment because both the floors above and below provide the heat so you don’t need any… depending on where you live, I suppose.
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  5. These are awesome tips for saving money. It is so much cheaper to buy used costumes for Halloween from the thrift shops or just make them yourself with things from the thrift shop. I do heat my house during the day by opening all my curtains and shades. Love the tips.

    • Rebecca I totally agree! Buying used or making yourself is the way to go for Halloween. It’s great that you open your shades and curtains during the day. Thanks for stopping by and reading!

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