Looking for some tips for saving money at home? Cooking and cleaning are the two most time consuming and expensive activities in the house. We often buy expensive cleaning products which we feel will save time, we cook ready made fast food meals which we think will save time….in fact we are wasting money and time shopping for these items!
Here are 5 very simple tips for saving money at home:
1. Cleaning windows: never mind expensive chemical window cleaning sprays. Wash windows with a weak solution of either vinegar (distilled white vinegar is best to use) and water or white spirit if you have it. Wash with a chamois leather and dry off with rolled up newspaper. In actually fact slightly damp scrunched and rolled up newspaper works great too on its own if you do not have a big window to clean.
2. Use energy saving light bulbs everywhere you can!
3. Always hang the toilet roll so that the paper rolls off down the front of the roll – a strange but true and tested fact, less paper is used this way!
4. Save money on electricity or gas costs when using the main oven, as the oven is very expensive to heat. When cooking a roast in the oven make sure the oven is full i.e. cook extra potatoes in the jackets for eating another day, make a fruit pie or crumble. In fact, make sure you cook lots of things that you know you will eat later in the week or which can be frozen to eat later, e.g. a stew or casserole.
If you are a cook make a big batch of pastry the day before or the morning of the roast. Leave it in the fridge wrapped tightly in cling film and then you can make your pies, tarts or whatever. Christmas is on its way so traditional mince pies could be the order of the day! These are lovely with apple sauce and cream as a dessert too.
5. If you don’t have a slow cooker, get one! You can cook virtually anything in it, it is the cheapest way of cooking and whatever meat or vegetable you put in will come out tender and very tasty. Slow cookers are brilliant for busy people too whether you are out working all day or a very busy mom.
Take a look at this great slow cooker cook book. Ingredients can be prepared the night before and just put in all at once the next morning as you rush out to work or get the breakfast etc.
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