We all hit a rough patch in life once in a while. Especially with the rising prices of goods and services, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find sufficient money to tend to the financial needs of the household on the income received. Being a little thrifty never hurt anyone; even when the times are not tough, it is a good habit to be prudent about your spending and keep your expenses in control so that you are able to save for the future. Here are a few simple things you can do around your own home to cut back on unnecessary expenses and reduce the burden on your pockets;
Grow Your Own Vegetables and Fruits
Planting, growing and eating home-grown food can be a great way of saving on your weekly groceries bill. Not only is growing your own fruits, vegetables and green leaves a more cost-effective choice, it is also a healthier one. You and your family will consume dishes made using fresh ingredients free of unhealthy fertilizers and cancer-causing chemicals. Spending a little time every morning with your garden tools at the vegetable patch tilling the soil and planting seeds will have great payoffs once the plants start bearing fruit and helping you put food on the table.
Save Up on Water
The cautious usage of water will help you make significant cutbacks on your next utility bill. Make use of rainwater to water your lawn with the use of rainwater tank pumps. There is no need to use water from your main supply to water your plants if you find a way to harvest rainwater.
Rainwater tank pumps are being used in many Australian homes to utilize rainwater that would otherwise just go to waste. Reduce using bottled water as it is more expensive compared to tap water. Instead, use boiled tap water for drinking. Insulation of water heaters and pipelines will help you save on the consumption of electricity for water heating as it will help to retain the heat better if the containers are insulated.
Reuse Leftovers to Create New Dishes
Most of us are in the bad habit of wasting too much food. How many times have you thrown the leftovers from your dinner into the waste bin simply because you were too lazy to put them in containers and store them in the fridge to use them the next day? Start saving on money spent on food by choosing to reuse the leftovers from your meals. You can defrost and use them to make new meals. For example, leftover meat can be used to make sandwiches. Following this a few days will make you realise how much food you have been wasting all this time.
You are probably already mocking at the title. How can Monday mornings ever be peaceful? It is always the most dreaded time of the week. That’s one day that we all hope never comes. However, there are one or two things you can do to make it a little better. When I say Monday here, it technically means all weekdays, because we all know, we endlessly worry about all chores that has to be done all week, on Mondays.
The most important thing is to make proper use of your weekend. Yes,it is the time to chillax and party, but dedicate an hour or two of your weekend, to make your weekdays stress free at least up to some extent. Pre plan your outfits for the entire week, iron them in the weekend. When you know you can afford to spend a few more minutes in the bed because you don’t have to figure out what to wear or Iron that morning, that’s half the stress gone. Make sur you set aside shoes and other accessories to match your outfits well ahead too. The key is to leave as much thinking as possible, for the Monday morning. If you have kids, do the same with their clothes too. If they have a particular uniform that they should wear, invest in an about five sets, so that you don’t have wash and iron any, in the middle of the week.
The next worry on our minds is food. Get hold of some recipes that you could prepare over the weekends, for the entire week. If your refrigerator is too small, look for fridges for sale. It will undoubtedly be nothing but an investment.
Prepare food for you and your family, separated in zip locks, label them and put them away in the freezer. However, when you look for freezer for sale Melbourne, look for energy efficient ones, so that you don’t end up spending much on electricity.
Tick laundry and house cleaning off your to-do list every single weekend. Even if the laundry pile is not too big, even if the house is seemingly clean, get those anyway. You will have a fresh start to the week. Plan your week ahead on Sunday. Write everything that has to be done, and prioritize.
Last but not least, lead a healthy lifestyle. If you wake up every morning to a hangover, it is time you change your Sunday routine. Work out every day. Eat good nutritious food. Have six-eight small meals per day. Cut down on sugar and simple carbs. These things go a long way in being healthy, having a good day at work, and being generally happy.
Seasons change, occasions and anniversaries roll up; and people are forever on the lookout for the perfect gift to give their loved ones. For some, it’s as simple as popping into a store and finding whatever’s in their mind—or even shopping online. For others, it’s a little harder.
They take months to figure out what they need, and then longer (perhaps) to seek it out. And even if they do, they don’t know if it’s “special enough”.
Here are a few of our suggestions on how to make your presents more special and thoughtful.
DIY or hand make it.
No matter how expensive some gifts can be, the charm that handmade or DIY gifts bring is of a different league. Depending on the occasion, and the gift receiver, you can make it simple or a little complex. If you’re good with wood work, consider making unique furniture. Something like a wooden handmade jewelry box would make lovely wedding anniversary gifts paired together with jewelry (or without). Even hand crafted picture frames make good gifts for people who are good at drawing.
This one’s infallible when it comes to making a gift special. No matter what the gift is, or what the occasion is, if you customize it to suit the gift receiver (and add a touch of yourself into it if possible), then it becomes special almost automatically. Jewelry for example, is always chosen when it comes to anniversary gifts in NZ. Customize it so it’s meant to remind the wearer of a special moment the 2 of you shared. Or customize it, so that it “screams” her.
Pretty it up with wrapping.
A gift always looks better when it’s wrapped well. Regardless to whether it’s expensive or cheap, to whether it’s big or small, if you wrap it up creatively, it’ll look very special—and different. Look for unusual wrapping papers, both design and texture. Play around with how you can wrap it. Look up on a few tutorials online if your creativity doesn’t reach that far. Practice and perfect a few styles that you find. Don’t worry, you’ll come up with more results that you can do.
Amplify the personal touch.
Cards are almost a forgotten thing nowadays, even with gifts. If you don’t do cards either, no worries. Add a personal, hand written note (if your handwriting is readable, of course!), and it will add just the right touch to make it extra special, and personal. If writing isn’t your forte, you can still add the note; only keep it small and simple. Keep it real and heartfelt. Add a little humor, be a little cheeky…put a smile on their face even before they open your gift.