Spending more time at home means you are using your utilities and appliances more than you might normally. We’re using the internet for work and to keep us entertained, for longer. Plus, we’re about to hit the Winter months in Australia and we need to stay warm. Here’s 6 ways to keep your costs down whilst at home.
- Set yourself a budget and make sure your essentials are covered first. But do your research so that you don’t miss out on any discounts
- Only buy what you need - stockpiling adds up – and use free, local delivery services
- Run your appliances on energy/water efficient cycles, and only run when full
- Wear appropriate clothing. Popping on another layer and dropping the heating temperature down by even one degree will save you plenty!
- Keep your electricity costs down by turning off non-essential lights and power points, you’ll be amazed at the savings across the year!
- Shop around for value for utilities and internet packages to get the best deal available. Consider the many ‘no lock in’ contracts available that enables you to roll back at a later date…and watch how much you are spending on subscriptions
In current economic uncertain times, it’s not advisable to spend money on non-essential items, luxury bags and expensive watches – even if they are on sale. There’ll be plenty of retail opportunities down the track.
Don’t forget to check what’s coming out of your account as an automatic subscription. Whilst each may be small – they can add up to a considerable amount. You can pause or unsubscribe from entertainment and gaming app subscriptions, and pause any charity donations that will be difficult to maintain.