With a busy family life, it is easy to become quite wasteful. You might waste food, energy, and time. All of which are precious and can cost us money if we’re not careful about it. I haven’t been as good as I can be lately, so something has got to give! But I have found that making a few small changes each day, can make the difference in how wasteful we are. Over time, things will become habits, and we’ll find it easier to stay on top of things and not throw things away willy-nilly. Here are some things that you can implement in your life today, to live life to the full and not throw away your hard earned cash.
- Don’t Use Water Unnecessarily
We need water for a lot of things at home. We use it to wash, clean, and to keep us and our families alive. So all of those things are necessary things that we need water for. However, we don’t need to leave the tap running as we brush our teeth. We don’t need to have a bath every night when a shower will do (as showers tend to use up less water than a bath). We don’t need to do a half load of washing; wait until you have a full load to do. Otherwise, water is wasted on the wash. You don’t need to do a long hot wash each time either. As a cold wash can get your clothing just as clean. Saving energy and water. So next time you reach for the tap, just remember to think about how much water you are using. When you’re thinking about it, you waste much less than before.
- Unplug Everything
These days everything we have has a plug. We charge our phones, our computers, tablets, and even a device for reading a book needs to be charged! But a lot of us make the mistake of simply just pulling the device off the charging plug. But unless the plug is switched off, the circuit of electricity is left open. So energy is being wasted. So unplug things and switch things off after use. There shouldn’t even be any read standby buttons on either, as that is still using up power. I think this is a winning thing to do, though. Not only does it stop you wasting energy, but it stops you spending money unnecessarily. Why pay for your TV to be on standby all night when it doesn’t need to be?
- Change Energy Suppliers
If you find that you seem to be wasting money left, right, and centre, then one way to deal with it could be by changing your energy supplier. Our gas and electricity bills aren’t something we can get out of. We need them if we want to charge our devices, cook, and life a modern life. But if you don’t regularly switch your supplier, you could be guilty of wasting money on it. Like with the TV on standby, you don’t need to pay more for something if you don’t need to. A site like Simply Switch could provide more information for you if you’re looking to change your supplier, but aren’t too sure how to go about it. But every six months or so it is a good idea to check how much you are paying, and what you would be paying with a competitor. Loyalty doesn’t get you anywhere when it comes to your money and energy supply.
- Use What You Have
In a time when we look at our full wardrobes and say we have got nothing to wear, it is a time that we need to use what we have. This can go for many things in the home, from clothing to food, to toys, and homeware. Use what you have. Before you head to the shops to get something for a fancy dress costume, for example, have a look what is around the house and make do with that you have. Quite often things like that only get used once or twice, so it really can be a waste of money. Before you go to the supermarket, think about what you already have in the house. It might not be a meal you’re craving, but it will be a meal that will reduce waste and save you money. So be savvy and use what you already have. It will make a difference.
- Eat Leftovers
As has kind of been said above, it is a good idea to eat leftovers. How many time do we put things in the freezer for another day, or in a box in the fridge, but they just never get eaten? Try having one evening meal a week that just uses up leftovers. It could be extras from other meals in the week, or from the things that you need to use up in your freezer. Not having to buy an extra meal each week will certainly add up after a while.
- Get Yourself Organised
If you want to stop wasting time, then one of the best ways to do that is to set yourself a list of things that you want to achieve in a day, for example. Then you can be the most productive that you can be as you plod on and get those things done. I also find that putting my phone in airplane mode helps me to focus and get work done. We can get so easily distracted nowadays, can’t we? So it helps me to stop checking my notifications and the beeps that come through on my phone when I don’t get any. Try it next time you’ve got deadlines or even just housework and chores to do. It is pretty satisfying.
So there you have it, a few simple ways that we can all be less wasteful. They are all pretty straightforward and easy to do. We just have to start making it more of a priority. What do you do to be less wasteful in the home? Let me know in the comments!