Double Your Pleasure-Dual Use Money Saving Tips

by David Bakke

money saving tips


It seems to me that two of the hardest things for me to do regarding my escape from financial hell were first, getting started, and second, staying motivated throughout the process.

So I was thinking the other evening that if I had anything, anything at all that would have motivated me further, then it probably would have made the whole process a bit easier.


Therefore, I tried to come up with some of the savings tips that I have been using lately that actually have additional benefits to them besides the fact of just saving money.


The list I give to you now is by no means all inclusive, just some of the first things that popped into my head.  Here ya go:


Donate:  So you have a closet full of old clothes and a garage full of things you never use anymore.  I guess the logical thing would be to have a garage sale, right?  Well, have you ever thought about donating these items instead?  There are a number of places you can find that will come right to your door for them.  Think about it-you won’t have to drag all of that stuff out into the driveway 2-3 times over the course of a weekend and you won’t have to listen to anyone offer you50 cents for a shirt that you know is brand new.  Plus, you’d be helping out the needy and of course, make a list of it all so you can write it off at tax time.  Got big items?  There are still a few places that will come to pick up your bigger items.   I would start with the National Kidney Foundation.


Recycle:  Ya know those plastic bags that you get a million of every timer you go grocery shopping??  Well, instead of throwing them away, why not start to use them in your smaller-sized garbage cans in the house-they are perfect for the bathroom.  You can even do what I did and put these smaller sized trash cans throughout your house, use these bags from the grocery store, and eliminate your garbage service!  Really!  If you recycle your paper and plastic, you’d be amazed at how much your actual amount of garbage decreases.  Collect those little bags and throw them out at work.  I live in a household of four, and really only have one of these bags per day.  And you’re improving the environment.

Paperless Billing:  I was always a little leery of this because I always thought I would miss a bill payment if I did not get a paper copy of it in the mail.  Guess what?  It never happened-and if you’re organized enough with your bill paying, it won’t either.  Switch to paperless billing wherever possible, and better yet, switch to online bill paying as well.  It will save you a ton of time, it will virtually eliminate the need for stamps in your life, and you’ll be saving a tree or tow.  My cell phone company actually planted a tree in my name when I switched to paperless billing-no joke.

I am sure there are quite a few other examples of “dual use” savings tips.  Feel free to add your own and share with the community.


If you would like to learn other ways to save more in your life click here to download your free report, “10 Fast and Easy Ways to Save Money in Your Everyday Life.”

Comments on this entry are closed.

Previous post:

Next post: