Tuesday, May 20, 2014

10 ways to reduce your costs RIGHT NOW!

I know many of us are reeling from Tuesdays budget and many will be worrying about how they are going to stretch an already tight budget.
Many will just be starting to think about being frugal. I know when I first started it was a little confusing on where I should start.
So below are just 10 simple ways that you can start to reduce your costs of living right now, without having to spend anything!

Menu Plan ~ By planning your meals you'll be less inclined to stop by the supermarket to grab something for dinner and coming out with a massive bag of goods that you didn't really need. You can also plan to make the most of leftovers.

Cooking once, eat twice ~ You can either turn a roast pork into a casserole, sweet and sour or even simple fried rice a night or two after the main meal. Or cook up a double batch of your favourite casserole or bolognaise sauce and freeze for later. You'll use about the same amount of electricity to cook double the amount as you would for a single batch and you'll have an easy meal in the freezer for busy nights.

Reduce your meat portions ~ We love our meat and this is one aspect that we really struggle with. Meat is very important in our diets but many of us do eat a little too much. Make sure your proteins are good quality and eat less.

Greywater ~ reuse your greywater from doing the dishes, laundry and baths on your lawns and garden.

Large Loads ~ Waiting until you have a full load of laundry will save you  water, detergent and powder in the long run.

Reduce disposables ~ sew some 'not towels' from old bedsheets to use instead of paper towel for wiping up messes.

Watch your fill ~ Don't fill the whole kettle for one cuppa, only fill the kettle with as much water as you need each time. Or fill it completely and boil, the store in a thermos and make your cuppas from that for the day.

Shut up shop ~ Once the sun starts to go down, shut your doors, windows and window coverings to keep the warmth in the house.

Layer up ~ Reduce your heating bill by adding extra layers of clothing and blankets rather than turning on the heating

Walk ~ When the weather is fine walks to the shops for small trips. Walk to school or work. Even if you live too far to walk the whole distance, drive part way then walk the rest. It's good for you, your daily exercise and Vit D, but you will save fuel and wear and tear on your vehicle.

These are just a few ways that you can start to reduce your costs. There are many more, but starting here will give you a great basis to move on with.

I would love for you to share how you are reducing your costs of living in either a comment below or link to your blog.

I know the budget and politics creates much emotion and passion in people. I don't wish to discuss politics on my blog and ask that you don't comment as such either.

Lets be proactive!

Take Care


  1. The budget got me thinking too...this is what I came up with. http://coffeee2001.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/frugal-measures-indeed.html
    It also has to get through Parliament so let's hope they are made to make some big changes first.

  2. So many great idea's here Becci. Most of these we are doing already & working on extending our garden so we can provide more of what we need food wise. Yesterday another small raised bed went in & planted up. Monday the car was sold :( this will save me around $4000 per year. I'm am lucky to have shops, School etc withinn walking distance & good public transport close to home. I'm with Sue & hope many of the proposed changes wont be passed but very grateful to have the skills & knowledge to cut living cost & live a simple life. Off the check out Sue's/Coffeee list