We all have that loved one who sets his or her thermostat at 68 degrees in summer and fusses about the cost of the power bill. No one wants to swelter in the summer. But no one wants to pay a $500 electricity bill either. It’s a trade-off.
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.
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.
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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I’ve already said that you can save money by swearing off soft drinks. But if you’ve started replacing your soft drinks with water and you’re getting that water from a plastic bottle, reconsider. Aquafina, Smart Water, and the like aren’t exactly cheap.