100 Ways to Save Money: Join Ebates

100 Ways to Save Money: Join Ebates | Ordered and Organized
Last updated: May 15, 2018 at 0:21 am

 

I’m currently posting (relatively!) easy tips to help you save money .  Because your life can never be truly organized until your finances are in order.  

I’m sure you’ve seen the Ebates commercials on television.  A lot of people are skeptical and suspect that Ebates is a scam or a data-mining site.  Maybe you are one of those people.  I personally have had nothing but good experiences with Ebates, and I recommend it as a way to earn back some of the money spent on online purchases.

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100 Ways to Save Money: Read Your Meters

100 Ways to Save Money: Read Your Meters | Ordered and Organized
Last updated: April 23, 2018 at 22:15 pm

 

I’m working on posting (relatively!) easy tips to help you save money this year.  Because if you’ve ever had a disorganized financial life, you know that your life can never be organized until your finances or in order.  

I haven’t mentioned it here yet, but a few days after my family moved into our new home last month, my grandmother died.  Although she was quite a bit younger than my grandfather, she outlived him by just 18 months.  I know that she missed him, and I hope that they are reunited now.

My grandparents were a lot alike.  When I was a child, my dad used to joke that they were both so cheap, they could stretch a dollar until it screamed.  When I became a young adult, my dad commented frequently that I followed closely in their footsteps.  He wasn’t wrong.  And my grandparents were proud of my frugality.  In fact, I’m certain that my grandfather was never more proud of me than when he learned I’d just started monitoring the electricity and water meters at the apartment I shared with my husband.  He was proud that I was working to be thrifty.  And his encouragement kept me documenting those numbers and using my cell phone to document those readings in picture form on a daily basis.  Seven years later, and I have consistently monitored our energy usage, from a one-bedroom apartment to a two-bedroom apartment to a small house and then to a bigger one.

Until recently anyway.

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100 Ways to Save Money: Unsubscribe from E-mails that Tempt You into Purchasing Things You Don’t Need.

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Since my daughter was born in 2013, I’ve subscribed to e-mail newsletters with children’s clothiers ranging from Carter’s to Gymboree to The Children’s Place–even Old Navy.  And I’ve told myself that all of these e-mails I receive daily–sometimes as many as five and six daily from The Children’s Place alone–are helpful.  After all, I save tons of money on my daughter’s clothes, right?

Well, yes and no.

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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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