Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Frugality Tips #7 & #8

Alright, here are Wednesdays tips!

Frugal Tip #7

Join Freecycle.

Freecycle is a nifty place where people give away things for free so that they don't get thrown away instead. It's not a charity and they
do expect you to offer things for free before you receive or ask for things. But if you have a lot of things lying around your house that aren't really worth anything if you were to sell them, join up and offer, then receive things as well!

I really like freecycle. I've given away a few things already and received a smoothie maker. Things aren't always in the best condition, but hey, it's free! I've seen everything from sectionals to VHS movies to clothes there. There are at least 5 posts a dayfor the freecycle in my area. Of course, I live in a tiny town in Utah, so that's probably on the low side of things.

So check it out! Make sure you read the rules first, because they want you to abide by them or you'll be outta there. Definitely a good way to save money on various items!

Frugal Tip #8

Vacuum the cooling coils behind/under your refrigerator once a year (twice a year if you have pets).

Pretty simple, eh? Yet it will really cut down on the energy your refrigerator uses. Even if you have an older fridge, this will cut the cost of using it by quite a bit as it increases its efficiency. When the coils are covered in dust and fluff, the fridge has a harder time cooling and so it has to use more electricity to work.

My refrigerator is from the late '80s or so; probably as old as I am, but it's nice and clean behind and it uses very little energy for something so old. I have a $17 a month electricity bill despite having an aging fridge.

This can save you $5 - $10 a month on your utility bill. Certainly worthwhile and very east! :) Also increases the life of your refrigerator.

Have fun!
-Hot Frugal Momma

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