3 Ways to Save Money in 2011

The new year is upon us, and while there are many things on your check list to accomplish this year, I have found 5 ways to save money… without really trying.  Make 2011 the year you save!

1. Pump Bottles for soaps/shampoos/conditioners.

I know, sounds strange right… but check it out.  I purchased a $5.00 Martha Stewart Dish Soap with a pump, 6 mos. ago, and noticed that while the soap was more expensive, it lasted longer… even if I gave it a couple of pumps.  WHY?  Because the output is regulated.  How many times have you just squeezed the dish soap into the running water, or onto a sponge.  So, my dish soap now latest 6 times longer.  I am only replacing it MONTHS later!  I applied this theory to the body wash in my shower… where my kids and I go through a body wash a week!  And low and behold the same amount of body wash …STARTED LASTING A WHOLE MONTH!
Body wash @ 3.99 (a medium price) times 52 weeks = 207.48 A YEAR!  or….. with the new pump only 47.88.  I KNOW, I KNOW… THAT’S CRAZY RIGHT!

2. Color Printers and the cost of cartridges: 

First of all… it seems like the new color printers are really just a vehicle for the manufacturers to make money on cartridges.  I purchased a great multi-function machine at Costco for under $50.00, but it costs me $75.00 every time I replace both cartridges.  HOWEVER, if I turn off the default color printing… I have found that my cartridges last longer. Here’s why. Unless you tell your print to print black with black ink only… it is going to use the color cartridge every time you print whether you see color or not. AND, if you have a Tri-Color Cartridge as soon as one of the colors is gone… the whole cartridge asks to be replaced.  So, if you use a lot of yellow, but have plenty of red or blue… doesn’t matter.  SO… You want to setup your printer to PRINT BLACK, BLACK INK ONLY. 

3. Kitchen Garbage Bags

 Kitchen Garbage bags are the bain of my existence.  Half the time they don’t wrap around the top of the tall kitchen garbage I have and the other half of the time they break when I try to pull it out and tie it.  One day I ran out of the garbage bags and needed a substitute… I tried the paper grocery bag that was inside the plastic bag with handles (do you know what I mean?  ShopRite from home, puts all the paper bags inside the plastic bags with handles)  The paperbag makes the bag rigid and the handles make it easy to pull out of the container and then I can tie!  I have been using it now for 6 months and haven’t had to purchase garbage bags!  (ok, occassionally I get the contractor bags for the big cleanups… but the savings is still there!)

When all is said and done, I saved atleast $500.00 last year with these three little changes. OK, so $500.00 isn’t enough for you to consider making these three small changes… but what if, (I mean, close your eyes and dream) What if we could come up with a list of 10 things and if we average say $500.00 for every 3-5 items…. that’s a $1000.00! 

What if…..  I mean… I’m dreaming here, what if…..  we came up with a list of 50 ways to save money?  Can you image the savings! 

Let me know if you have a way to save money!