Friday, January 30, 2009

Frugality Tips #11 & #12

Here are Friday's tips! Sorry they're late again, I was out all day with my fantastic hubby and adorable daughter and didn't get to it. :)

Frugal Tip #11

Turn out the lights.

You probably already know this one, but here's a refresher for you. Make sure you keep your lights turned off if you're not in the room (and especially if you're not home). This is hard if you have children that don't understand that concept (work on teaching them it), but by leaving the lights on in rooms you're not in, you're wasting a lot of electricity. And don't turn the lights on during the day unless you really really have to. I keep my lights out even on days when it's cloudy outside. Unless it's thunderstorming during the day, there will usually enough ambient light in your home to be able to see and read just fine. Even when I lived in a basement apartment, I was able to do that.

Frugal Tip #12

Get rid of your newspaper.

There are a lot of people (usually of the slightly older generation) who insist on subscribing to the newspaper. My parents still do, even though they have a tv and internet access, but I think it's a big waste of money. If you have the internet, you can easily access your local newspaper online, for free. You can search the classifieds there and everything. Even if you don't have tv or internet, you can go to your library and usually they have it. Or you can get online at the library for free and read it there. My point is, get rid of your newspaper.

Along the same lines, get rid of your magazine subscriptions (or stop buying them at the store). It's a waste of paper and money; you can access a vast majority of them online for free. Even Reader's Digest is online now.

With love from the
Hot Frugal Momma!

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