8 ways to save $10 a month (or more) at home


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What’ll 80 extra bucks a month get you? Oh let’s see . . . a weekend road trip, an Apple TV, a bottle of really nice champagne, a steak that’ll change your life. And that’s just the tip of the $80 Iceberg of Possibilities.

We’re hoping you can take some of these tips and treatcho’self, because life is short — you best enjoy it.

Here are eight ways you can save $10 a month or more:


Ditch your cable

Cable is so last year. If you don’t want to say goodbye to your shows, you can always get HBO Go/HBO Now, Showtime or Netflix. It might also behoove you to turn to YouTube, Redbox, books or board games. These are all either free or a one-time purchase, opposed to a monthly subscription. Still not sure? Run through this checklist to find out if cord-cutting is right for you.


Dust off your Crock-Pot again

Crockpot meals are a great way to stop eating out. You can set your meals up at night, cook them during the day, and you won’t be tempted to order food when you get home from work because your home will already be filled with delicious meat smells. You can also use up ingredients that might be one-day too late to sauté (like older spinach).


Use your microwave instead of your oven range

Yeah, yeah, I can already hear you foodies moaning about this tip. But here’s the thing: Your microwave uses half the power as your gas range. So if you wanna save some cash, go microwave.


Buy a battery-recharging station

You can buy 48 batteries for $13, and those’ll last you a long time. Or, you can buy a $13 battery-charging station and never buy batteries again. It’ll take a while for you to start seeing the savings, but long term this is an easy way to save some cash.


Install a shower timer

Start using a timer when you’re in the shower, and try to keep your sessions under 10 minutes (you can shoot for five if you’re ambitious). This will reduce your monthly water bill.


Cancel your home phone service

The cost of a LAN line can vary, but it’s usually at least $20 a month. If you can’t just ditch the thing entirely and use your cell phone, try switching to a Magic Jack — a computer plugin that allows unlimited calling within the U.S. and Canada through your Internet. The initial device that connects your phone to your computer is $60. This includes a year of service. After that you will pay $35 a year. In short, you will pay $6 a month your first year and $3 a month every year after that. Still way cheaper than a traditional phone line. Learn more here.


Get a tree planted for free

Many municipality services will provide a free tree planting, if you’re willing to be on a waiting list. Have them plant the tree on the west side of your house and save money on your utility bills — an adult tree on the west side of a home can reduce your AC needs by 30 percent and reduce the energy required for heating by 20 percent to 50 percent (trees both shade and insulate).

To find your city’s municipal tree planting program, Google: “Municipal tree planting program [your city].”


Stop dry cleaning so many of your clothes

You’ve probably heard this one before, but dry cleaning is a tough habit to break. While it’s convenient, it ends up costing a lot (industry reports estimate an average of $40 a month per heavy dry-cleaning household). Check out our step-by-step guide on how to start doing your dry cleaning at home so you can start saving.


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