10 Clever Ways to Save Money Everyday

Welcome the New Year with new ways to save money around your household. The clever tips below will allow you to cut your costs in simple and convenient ways and put more money inside your pocket.

1. Turn opened food containers upside down.
After opening a jar of tomato sauce or a tub of yogurt, store it upside down inside the refrigerator to create a vacuum effect that slows the growth of food-spoiling bacteria and extend the shelf life of your food.

2. Store fruit in containers with vents.
Did you know that the average American household wastes at least $600 on spoiled food every year? Perishables like fruits, vegetables, and herbs are on top of this list. Make sure you store them inside containers with vents to regulate the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide. Your food will stay fresher up to 80% longer.

3. Buy travel size cosmetics.
Many cosmetic products should be replaced every three months. Make it easy on yourself by buying smaller, less expensive, travel size versions that you can use up before the expiry date.

4. Invest in reusable wool dryer balls.
You will cut your drying time by up to 40% and save money on expensive dryer sheets!

5. Get foaming soap dispensers.
Foaming soap dispensers have a pump that turns regular liquid soap into foam. You will need very little soap to create a lather.

6. Reduce your computer monitor brightness.
According to one study from the Harvard Law School, lowering your computer monitor brightness by 30 percent from 100 to 70 can save up to 20% energy.

7. Dry your soap between uses.
By keeping your soap dry between uses, you save 30% of the product and extend its life with hardly any effort.

8. Unplug your appliances.
Phantom currents or vampire appliances could be adding an extra $200 to your annual energy bill. Unplug them completely to prevent them from pulling any power.

9. Buy a reusable water bottle.
The average American spends $100 on bottled water annually. Just buy a reusable water bottle and keep that cash inside your pocket.

10. Freeze small amounts of leftover.
Freeze the remainder of your wine, tomato paste, fresh herbs or broth in lidded ice cibe trays. Pop them inside your pot the next time you need them. Free ingredient!

Ian Schindler