If you’re trying to save money on your heating bill this winter, I’d suggest bundling up . . . even if you’re indoors!
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.
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.