Are you happy in your Minnesota home? Is it costing you a lot, but worth it to your family? Is it really too big for the two of you or much too small for a growing family? Need some home and garden money saving tips to help you make more or spend less?
How could your home make you money? How could you garden save you money?
Here are our home and garden money saving tips.
51. Could you manage with a smaller house?
If your children have moved out, or your family circumstances have changed, then do you still need the additional space?
If you’ve got more bedrooms than people, or keep several guest rooms ready, “just in case you have visitors”, do you really need them all? Could you mange with somewhere smaller?
It could save you money, and is the first of our home and garden money saving tips.
52. Could you rent out a room or your garage?
Depending on where you live, and the size of your house, you might be able to rent out a room to a student, or your unused garage to someone looking for somewhere to store their classic car.
You might be able to rent out your drive as a parking space during the week too
This extra income could be used to pay off bills, save for a vacation or treat the children, or help you in your retirement.
Why not ask locally, or see if there’s a website to find out more?
53. Are you struggling in a tiny city center apartment?
For what you pay for your city center apartment you might be able to have a larger suburban house for the same or lower rent.
Perhaps an extra bedroom and a garage would be handy and not cost any more money.
54. Do you need to be right in the city centre?
Moving to a smaller house in the suburbs could save you money on rent or mortgage.
If you’re prepared to travel, or don’t need to be in the heart of the city, you could make significant savings.
55. Do you need to be in the suburbs?
Moving to an apartment in the city might cost more in rent, but walking to work instead of needing a second car or taking the train, could actually save you time and money, making it better value.
This is another one of our great home and garden money saving tips.
56. Could you reduce your heating bills?
Instead of heating all of the rooms in your home, maybe you could use fewer rooms in the winter, and so save some money.
Maybe you can keep doors shut, think about improving your insulation and making your home air-tight to save money.
Reminding your children to shut the door and put a sweater on when it’s cold instead for moaning that it’s cold and asking for the heating to be turned up, can save you money.
57. Could you open your windows more in the summer?
In the summer, why not open your windows more instead of keeping your windows closed and using your air conditioning so much?
Perhaps you’ll spend more time in your garden or out with the kids and not notice how hot it is inside during the day.
This may seem one of the more obvious home and garden money saving tips, but you’d be surprised how many people reach fro the AC before the window.
58. How efficient and effective is your heating and air conditioning?
Now might be a good time to see if your heating and air conditioning are as efficient and effective as they could and should be.
Maybe there are newer models and systems that offer better results with lower operating costs.
A simple service or a few tweaks, or complete new system, might be what’s needed to make your home warmer in the winter and colder in the summer.
Why not look around, ask friends and family and speak to an HVAC engineer to see if you can save money on your heating and air conditioning?
59. Do you really need all that furniture and those garden tools?
If not, or you rarely use them, then why not sell them?
Perhaps you’ve got:
- Lots of mismatched furniture or broken tools
- Plant pots that never get used
- Kids outdoor toys that they’ve outgrown and haven’t been played with for years
What else is there in your garage or garden you could get rid of too?
60. Could you share the cost of expensive items?
If you’re looking to purchase expensive items for your home or garden like a lawnmower or snow blower, why not ask your neighbors or other family members if they’d share the cost with you?
You might be able to get something better, and sooner, whilst spending less money.
Thinking about your home, and how to make the most of it, from renting a room to selling your children’s old toys and getting your AC fixed, can mean that you save money.
We’ll be posting our next 10 money saving tips next month.