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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Day-by-Day Decluttering, Day 5: Discard Old Throw Pillows

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Last updated: May 25, 2018 at 0:09 am

 

Today is the fifth part in a series called Day-by-Day Decluttering , which I’m creating to help those of you who are just getting started–or starting over again–on decluttering.  Today, we really get started on decluttering rather than the previous focus on clearing “procrasticlutter.”  If you’re new here, you can click here to start at day 1.  Links to all the posts are at the bottom of this post.  

Today is a good day to get started on serious decluttering!  Consider starting with all those old throw pillows you have lying on beds, couches, and in chairs.

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Day-by-Day Decluttering, Day 4: Wash (All) the Laundry

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Last updated: May 25, 2018 at 0:09 am

 

Today is the fourth part in a series called Day-by-Day Decluttering , which I’m creating to help those of you who are just getting started–or starting over again–on decluttering.  If you’re new here, click here to start at day 1.  Links to all the posts is at the bottom of this post.  

If you did yesterday’s challenge in the Day-by-Day Decluttering feature on this blog, you know what today’s challenge is.

The laundry.

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Day-by-Day Decluttering, Day 3: Discard Tattered, Stained Laundry

Day-by-Day Decluttering - Day 3: Discard Tattered, Stained Laundry | Ordered and Organized
Last updated: May 25, 2018 at 0:10 am

 

This is post #3 in a series called Day-by-Day Decluttering , which I’m creating to help those of you who are just getting started–or starting over again–on decluttering.  If you’re new here, click here to start at day 1.  

If you’re following along in the new Day-by-Day Decluttering feature on this blog, you can probably guess where I’m headed today.  Given we spent day 1 tossing garbage and day 2 doing the dishes, what’s the next “procrasticlutter” that needs to be dealt with?  Yep.  The laundry.  And you could do all that laundry today.  Except that some of you are like me and have clothes or sheets or towels or dishtowels with holes or fraying or (permanent) stains in them because you just haven’t gotten around to tossing them yet.  Toss those today so that you can save yourself some time, water, and detergent tomorrow.

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Day-by-Day Decluttering, Day 2: Wash the Dishes

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Last updated: May 25, 2018 at 0:10 am

 

I’m working on a series called Day-by-Day Decluttering to help those of you who are just getting started–or starting over again–on decluttering.  If you’re new to this site, click here to start at day 1.  

If you’re serious about gaining control over the clutter in your life, what do you do on decluttering day 2?  Wash the dishes–every last one of them (well, the dirty ones anyway).  Then put them all away.

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