The truth is that Prepping has taught me how to be more conscientious about the ways in which we can save money. The sky’s the limit on ways a person and family can save. But one vital thing I forgot to mention is that I pray, pray & pray! That God will show me and guide me in ways to save because it’s really not biblical to be wasteful. It’s wise to pinch pennies where ever you can. I’d do the same if I had a million bucks! LOL! So here we go again.
1. Everyday Items:
Replace Cable TV with Roku 2 & 3
2. Save On Groceries:
Bring a Crock Pot during Hotel Stays & Vacations
Use a crock pot instead of a space heater to stay warm
4. Gas Heat Bill:
Fill up your gas tank when prices are at lowest
5. Water Bill:
Collect rain water
1. Save On Everyday Items:
Replace Cable TV with Roku 2 & 3:
Goodbye cable and Hello Roku 2&3! In the end we will have saved up to $200 dollars a month on our budget just making this change alone.
Roku 2&3 where have you been all of my life? LOL! I recently found out about Roku 3. It’s a streaming entertainment device. Where you get to watch your favorite TV shows, movies and play all kinds of video games. It’s definitely so much cheaper than cable. So for us dropping cable can save us almost two hundred dollars ($200) per month. That’s 2,400.00 a year! Now that’s AMAZING!
The only thing I will cry and miss is my Hindi soap opera’s. They are the reason I live each day. But when I think of the money I will save, I don’t feel so sad.
My only hope is that Star plus, Lifeok and Zee TV will join up with Roku soon.
Roku did offer some kind of Indian channels or network so I think I will check them out and hope it works for me. Well once we’ve made the total switch I will post on it.
2. Save on Groceries:
Bring a small Crock Pot during Hotel Stays & Vacations
I put this in the save on groceries category because whenever we eat in instead of eating out we save.
So whenever we take a local vacation or go for a weekend get away (drive not fly) we carry an extra bag filled with the things we need to have some meals in our hotel room and to pack lunches for when we are out during the day. That way we save by not eating out for at least two of our meals, breakfasts and lunches. So we are free to eat dinner out and feel good when we spend.
Ettore (Hector) Boiardi, known as Chef Boyardee. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
We have breakfast with coffee or tea in our room in the morning, then pack a nutritious lunch while getting dressed to go out and sight see, but if we lay around till lunch time then we heat up something in the crock, like Beefaroni or soup.
We added up how much we spent in the past on these two meals alone, plus beverages and it can run into a few hundred bucks if your not careful. So other then ordering pizza, we save on our beverages like wine, beer, soft drinks when we go to the local grocery store once we arrive. So we think it’s a smart thing to do so we could use the cash we save to spend on other things we enjoy.
So when booking a room we make sure the room has at least a refrigerator and if possible a microwave too. But what’s even better is if we could find and get into a hotel that has a mini kitchen in the room, then that is so amazing. So after we usually check in, get unpacked then off we go to a local grocery store to pick up our beverages, breakfast and lunch items for the duration. We also bring some items from home to make our stay a little more comfortable.
Items we bring from home: (Packed in one or two pretty duffel bags)
2 to 4 cans of Chef boyardee Beefaroni, 2 cans of chef boyardee ravioli
2 cans of soup, 1 small bottle of syrup
1 small sized crock-pot/slow cooker, 1 medium sized storage bowl with lid
1 large serving spoon, Plastic forks, knives and spoons sets
1 can opener, 2 plastic or ceramic mugs
1 dish cloths, 1 dish towel, 2 pot holders
1 pretty table cloth, 1 pack of paper plates, 1 pack of paper cups
1 pack of paper bowls, 1 small bottle with dish liquid in it, 1 pack of paper towels
1 box of crackers, Plenty of fruit (bananas, apples or grapes)
2 home prepared sandwiches a piece (to eat on the road, LOL)
1 jar of peanut butter, 1 jar of jelly, 2 bottles of seltzer
1 case of bottled water, our lunch boxes, tiny travel size salt & pepper shakers
1 box of herbal tea bags, 1 small container of sugar, packets of mayo, packets of mustard
1 bag each of pretzels, potato chips, popcorn, candy bars, string cheese, meat sticks, tiny cakes or cookies (to snack on while on the road)
2 small aroma therapy candles
Our Local Grocery Shopping List: (the list varies each time)
1 package of Bagels or 1 small loaf of bread
1 small cream cheese and/or American cheese and/or frozen pre cooked breakfast sandwiches
1 package of frozen waffles or pancakes, 1 package of deli luncheon meats
1 lettuce, 1 tomato, 1 bag of baby carrots, 1 stick of Butter
1 or 2 bottles of wine, 6 pack of beer
Then we are all set.
an electric heater (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
3. Save On Electricity:
Use a crock-pot/slow-cooker instead of a space heater to heat a room and stay warm
It’s fall and there I go again grabbing blankets and putting on warm PJ’s in the early fall. LOL! So you could imagine what I go thru during the dead middle of winter. I cannot stand being cold nor being too hot. So spring and fall are the best times of the year in my book. Anything other then that I am struggling to get through. LOL!
But one day I discovered by accident that my medium sized crock-pot can heat up an entire bedroom. You see what happened is I filled the crock half way with hot boiling water, one cinnamon stick and a few cloves. I put a thick towel underneath it on the floor in the middle of my bedroom, next to the bed, uncovered, plugged it in and turned it on high. I closed the door was gone for about an hour, came back. Well not only did my room smell amazing! That’s when I noticed how toasty and warm the room was too. It felt as if my space heater had been turned on.
So that’s when a light bulb went on in my head! Why not use this instead of my energy guzzling space heater.
You see, whenever I use our space heater our electric bills are sky high! And so what choice do I have. I need it going to stay warm when it’s cold outside. I have very, very, very bad arthritis and my bones get so cold real easy. So I need to keep those bones warm. LOL! So I would rather turn on the small space heater right where I am versus having to heat up the entire house, do you get my drift.
English: Slow Coooker/ Crock pot’s parts This photo depicts the major parts of a crock-pot, namely the heating component, the ceramic pot and a glass lid. This particular crock-pot is made by RIVAL. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
My problem is that I am always fighting to stay warm when the temperature drops just a little bit. I get chills and cannot stand wearing a thousand sweaters, socks, wool hats, gloves and covering in a ton of blankets just to stay warm. Sometimes even after doing all of that, I am still cold anyway. (but I will do all of this if I have to, Hee! Hee! Hee!)
So I must tell you, imagine the savings! Just think about that one for a minute. Try running a space heater for 8 hours a day vs. a crock pot filled with hot water for 8 hours.
Compare and see how much you’ll pay.
Well I am as happy as a lark, because I was so tired of giving the electric company all of my money. I found out that running a crock pot for 8 hours costs only-.20 to-.30 cents. I read somewhere that crock pots only use 100 watts of electricity, just a little more energy then a traditional light bulb. Why that is amazing! So this evening the temperature went down in the 50’s and 40’s and I my friends was nice, toasty and warm just by using the large sized crock pot. I think it’s a combination of the hot steam and the heat from the sides of the pot that makes it work so well. (I keep a check on the water level, I am surprised how the water evaporates.) After about a few hours on high, I turn it down on low and it still keeps the room nice and warm, just the way I like it.
So I think I may have discovered something big! LOL!
4. Save On Gas Bill
Fill up your “Gas Tank” when prices are lowest
Whenever our “gas man” tells us gas prices are unusually low that’s when we fill up our gas tank (we use to heat the house and cook with) and fill the vehicles up with gas too. Especially since we only fill up the gas tank once a year to keep the house warm and to cook our meals over the stove. We save a lot doing just that.
5. Save on Water Bill
Collect Rain Water
We collect rain water. I read somewhere that using rain water in the garden and for the indoor plants is the best thing. We get a lot of rain here and so I asked my husband to buy a baby’s swimming pool to leave in the back yard so we can collect some rain water.
I also read somewhere that if you use a good filter you could even drink rain water. Well I am giving that one a lot of thought because I am so afraid of doing that, we don’t want to get sick from this water either. So I need to research to find out what would be the best kind of filter to use in this case. Also because we have these cats and dogs running around here like gangsters, LOL! drinking from this rain water. So I am not liking that part. So until I could think of a better way to do things on the cheap, I will just stick to saving the water this way for the garden and indoor plants for now.
Why maybe even using this water to put in the crocks that I am using lately as a space heater replacement. Well it’s only a thought for now. I am starting to feel like a genius or something. LOL!