100 Ways to Save Money: Join Ebates

100 Ways to Save Money: Join Ebates | Ordered and Organized
Last updated: May 25, 2018 at 0:08 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: May 25, 2018 at 0:09 am

 

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: 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

100 Ways to Save Money: Stop Buying Soft Drinks | Ordered and Organized
Last updated: May 25, 2018 at 0:13 am

 

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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