Hints And Tips To Lower Your Overhead

By Arman Plank

Lint left in the dryer unattended wrecks havoc on your energy bill. The dryer has to work twice as hard. With the average dryer costing about 50 cents an hour to run, lint build up will run up energy charges. Cloths lines and drying racks save money.

Visit the thrift shops like Goodwill, Market Mission, hospital auxiliary etc regularly while you consolidate errands along the way. Go to garage sales. The wide variety of good useful items, many of them near new or brand new, for just a couple dollars is an amazing bargain.

Save on trips to the barber and still look good by learning how to give haircuts. Watch how the barber does your hair and duplicate the process. For guys, by keeping the temple hair and forehead hair self-trimmed, a once a month barber trip can be stretched out to 4 months or more.

Save money by avoiding local coffee shops when you bring your thermos to work. Save hundreds of dollars a year by cutting loose the Starbucks habit. If you take the time to grind your own coffee you'll furnish you own gourmet treat.

Air conditioning is expensive when compared to cooling fans. An average cost of 11 cents per kilowatt hour is paid for electricity across the U.S. Most window average large air conditioners cost 16 cents an hour to run. A big 42 inch ceiling fan costs about 11 cents to run for 40 hours. Limiting your air condition usage will cut a good amount from your electric bill.

Save money on entertainment by going to free outdoor concerts. Many of the top orchestras perform free concerts especially in the warmer months. Instead of going to a Broadway professional theater play at $100 or so a ticket, why not a high school or college play at less than ten dollars. Same story line, and who knows, the acting might be excellent. Or, consider staying home and renting a movie for a movie night with popcorn and refreshments. There probably are public gardens, parks, nature hiking trails and tons of free stuff in your back yard. Entertainment is one of those categories you can save loads of money on.

Every bank marks up their price of checks by a hundred percent or so. That's because they purchase their checks from an outside source. You can buy discount personal checks direct from the check printer and save 50% and even get a larger choice of designs.

Laundry budget tips like pre-treating stains and washing specials outfits in cold water minimizes fading. You can make your own stain pre-treatment by mixing one part laundry detergent, one part water and one part hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle. Spray the stains and rub the material together or use a soft brush. For fabric softener, try using white vinegar which is much less expensive.

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