100 Ways to Save Money: Install a Clothesline.

When I was a child, I hated my family’s clothesline.  I don’t even know why.  I wasn’t required to hang clothes on it.  I certainly didn’t hate the smell of the clothing that dried on it.  And my mother used some tactic or another to keep the clothing from getting that “crunchy” feel to it.  But I hated it nonetheless.  I never had any idea of the cost savings possible with a clothesline versus using a dryer.

As an adult, I feel very differently about the clothesline.  I like the smell of the clothing that dries on my backyard line.  I like feeling as though I am helping the environment.  And although I spend more time hanging laundry on the clothesline than I would if I were just to throw it in the dryer, by my estimation, I save as much as $20 per month on my electric bill and likely some wear and tear on the laundry as well.  I suggest installing a clothesline to anyone looking to save money.

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100 Ways to Save Money: Stop Buying Soft Drinks

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Last updated: April 23, 2018 at 21:10 pm

 

Note:  I’m starting a new feature this year:  100 Ways to Save Money.  Because I’ve learned that getting your life in order requires getting (and keeping) your financial life in order, too.  

My name is Bridget, and I’m a recovering Mountain Dew addict.

Seriously, I’ve been known to drink a two-liter bottle of Mountain Dew in a day.  While others drink recreationally from a 20-ounce bottle of soda, historically I drink from a two-liter bottle.  In the middle of a stressful situation like (currently) moving or (in the past) exams, I’ve even had two two-liter bottles of Mountain Dew in a day.

Whether you’re drinking caffeine-laden Mountain Dew, sugary Pepsi, or diet drinks, they aren’t good for you.  (My Mountain Dew binges gave me heart palpitations!)  But they are also bad for your budget.  In early- and mid-2017, I spent more than $5 a week on soft drinks–and those were on sale.  That amount adds up in a hurry–over $250 per year.  (That’s almost an extra car payment in this household!)

So to improve your health and save money, work on weaning yourself from soft drinks.

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Whole Life Challenges: Do Five Minutes of Cardio.

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Disclaimer:  I am not a doctor or any other medical provider.  Check with our doctor before beginning any workout or exercise program.  In fact, you should direct all your medical questions to a qualified medical provider. 

Today is the first day of a new year.  Although all of you are here to get organized, many of you also prioritize getting or staying healthy.  Some of you may have even set getting healthy as a resolution this year.  And as I’m sure you know, the odds are not in your favor.  An overwhelming number of people do not keep their resolutions past January.  But I promise you that you can do it.

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