Top 10 Crazy tricks to save MONEY       2017-03-16   23:03:27  IST  Raghu V

The economies of today are very doubtful. You can never be sure on how and when the money inflow into your household will increase or decrease. The conditions have been unpredictable than ever and call for protective measures for the days when the income will decline and you will have no option but to work double shifts to feed the family. However, there is thing that you can start doing today that will save you a lot of hardships later – start saving money. Now, most people will argue that it is hard to do it but if you know the right ways, it is not that hard to save some money at the end of the month. Here we share 10 such ways which are outrageously crazy but totally doable.

Do you have a friend or a family member who has same inches and wears the same kind of clothes as you? Try out a clothing swap rather buying a new outfit for a dinner or party. You will love it! You wear an outfit once or twice, so start borrowing the clothes as this will save your money as well as your space in the cupboards. Need a formal dress for a meeting? Rent it for a day!

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#2. Look for Free Events

Stop watching movies in the theatre rather watch it on your couch holding some popcorn and your favorite snacks. Feel the cosines! Many cities and societies offer a good number of free activities, especially in the summers. You can use different social media tools and the Google to find the location of events going on nearby. This way you can have a cheap and best date night. Exploring new events will force you to do something unique and out of your league. You will meet new people and do networking.

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#3. Cook at your place

I know cooking is not everyone’s taste. But in general, if you cook at your place rather than going out then this way you can save a lot of money. It is also healthier than the junk food. Moreover, outside food can cause many diseases so indirectly you will be saving the bills of future medicines too. So, say yes to cooking!

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#4. Stop paying for Delivery

In this e-commerce world, we become lazy bees and order everything online. If you order food online, that means you need to tip the delivery boy once he/she delivers your food. If you wish to avoid the extra cost of a tip, then pick up your food from the restaurant rather than ordering the delivery. This way you will step out of your home too and feel the outside environment. Moreover, some companies/restaurants charge additional delivery charges so you can save this fee too.

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#5. Take more sleep

You must have heard that 8 hours of sleep is necessary for our body. Also, taking an efficient and economic bedtime will lower your overall monthly expenditure. You will not use much electricity, you will not watch late night TV series, you won’t eat anything late night, and the health benefits of getting desired sleep will help you get rid of various illnesses. It’s a WIN-WIN situation.

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#6. Unplug everything in your house

Have you ever heard that your home appliances pull out power even when their power button is switched off? Yip! Even if you are not charging your mobile phone or you aren’t watching your favorite TV channel, and all the electronic devices that remain plugged in are taking energy and hence, these devices are increasing your electricity bill. Therefore, never plug your appliances unnecessarily when not in use.

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#7. Drink more and more Water

Yes, it’s quite weird and simple but nonetheless a frequently snubbed trick that can save a lot of money every year. You will eventually say NO to expensive drinks like sodas, mocktails and various energy drinks just by sipping lots of water during the day. Moreover, drinking tonnes of water helps in improving our health which directly saves your health care expenditure. Apart from it, water has countless other health benefits too. Isn’t it a natural and healthy trick to save money?

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#8. Start paying for your worst habits

You must want to get rid of lots of bad habits; choose one out of a bunch. Pick a jar and mark it with the label of that bad habit. Select an amount of money you want to put in the pot whenever you find yourself making the said bad habit. Let’s suppose you have a bad habit of shaking your legs while seating. So, label the jar “Shaking of legs habit,” and put $2 in the jar each time you see yourself shaking your legs while seating in your house. This way you will save some money and probably get rid of your bad habits.

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#9. Don’t waste your Rewards

Some people forget using their rewards which they get on each and every transaction done using the credit cards. If you use your credit cards for several transactions, then don’t forget to take advantage of the rewards. Most rewards can be redeemed for different goods, gift cards and even cash back. Hence, try to use your credit card for each and every payment like start buying groceries online, start recharging online, et.al. Also, don’t forget to pay the bill of your credit cards on time to save the late payment interest charges while still enjoying the reward points.

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#10. Take a shower like a Seaman

Apply the Navy shower technique! This method was created by the Navy to save the valuable water. Generally, a shower requires 60 gallons of water on an average, but in this technique, you have to use only 11 gallons of water. Let me tell you how it’s done: Just get wet under the shower and then turn the shower off. Then apply soap on your body and turn the shower on only when you are ready for rinsing. Isn’t it a great way to save precious water and your water bill?

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