How to Save Money at Home
It’s not always necessary to make big changes to save at home, sometimes the wee changes can add up to large savings after a while.
Some of these may seem obvious but if you aren’t already doing them, they could save you lots of money over time.
#1. Turn Down and Turn Off
Turning your heating down by 1 degree can reduce the amount of electricity, gas or oil your heating is using. Consider installing programmable thermostats and/or investing in separate heating controls for upstairs and downstairs so that you can set timers on your heating and avoid heating rooms that you aren’t in at the time.
Turn off lights and chargers when they are not being used. Get the kids in the habit of turning off lights when they leave the room and switching off socket plugs when they unplug their devices.
“We tried turning the heat down by 5 degrees to start with but actually we found it was totally comfortable still and are definitely seeing a reduction in our energy use.” – Tara
#2. Meal Planning and Batch Cooking
Meal Planning is one of the best things you can do to save money before you go shopping. This free Meal Planning sheet can help and download our Free Lunch Box Planner. Plan out the week’s meals and pick your recipes in advance.
The next time you are cooking, double or triple the quantities and freeze the extra in batches. That way, the next time you need a quick meal you’ll be able to reheat quickly plus bulk buying meat and veg is cheaper so get in the habit of making up bigger batches when you cook.
Caitriona Redmond from Wholesome Ireland has lots of recipes and suggestions for keeping the weekly food and household budget low.
“Meal planning has been working great for me. Every Sunday our fridge is almost empty, exact meal planning & shopping means zero waste for us.” – Babina
“I use a couple of butchers that do the family packs of meat and I use my meat every other day with something like tuna bake in between.” – Sally