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Be Frugal, Buy a Clothesline & Ditch the Dryer

Be Frugal, Buy a Clothesline & Ditch the Dryer

I live in a tiny apartment.  Frugal conditions should be a given, right?  WRONG!  Unfortunately, all of our appliances run on electricity, including the central air, which significantly drives up our electric bill during summer months.  However, in the dead of winter, without AC, I couldn’t understand why my electric bill was still so high!

It’s The Dryer!

Ah! The dryer! This expensively convenient appliance was sucking my dollars out the window!  I decided to take frugal super action and do some research.

First, I bought an inexpensive drying rack. Since I live in an apartment I don’t have a yard, hence no clothesline.  Even if I did, I have terrible allergies, so hanging my laundry out in pollen filled air would not be an option.  But, for those of you without these drawbacks…get some rope and pins!

Bonus! Air drying your clothes can actually help them last longer.

“Off Peak” Isn’t Just For Travel

Next, I called my electric company and learned that they have “off peak” hours. This means that the delivery fee for electricity is less at certain times of the day.

For example, my electric company charges “off peak” rates for all weekends, holidays, and specific daily times.

October through May, daily “off peak” rates are any time before 8:00am and any time after 9:00pm.

June through September, daily “off peak” rates are any time before 9:00am and any time after 6:00pm.

I adjusted the time for running my washing machine and dishwasher to take advantage of these less expensive windows. Of course, it’s always best to make sure you are running full loads so you are not using these appliances multiple times.

What Did My Frugal Efforts Save Me?

What did I save? In February, my electric bill had been $77.60.  It took some time to adjust, but here’s a rundown of my expenses after I implemented these changes:

March = $52.80

April = $50.32

May = $43.32

My dryer racks quickly paid for themselves and I have more money in my pocket each month. This can add up to hundreds over the year. Frugal win!  Combine that with my other savings tips and your wallet will be happy.

Other Ways To Save On Your Electric Bill

There are so many ways to save on your electric bill. Put energy efficient bulbs in your lamps.  Don’t run the AC when you aren’t home or keep the shades down to block out hot sun. Unplug appliances when you aren’t using them…yup, that TV is still sucking up electricity even when it’s turned off.

Crockpots are also a great way to save money.  Energy efficient models can potentially use less energy than your electric stove. They save you time in the kitchen and your house will smell delicious at the end of the day when your home cooked meal is ready to eat!  A slow cooker is a great way to keep your house cool during the summer months instead of firing up that oven!

Just Do It!

So, what are you waiting for?

Call your electric company and find out when their “off peak” hours are.  Buy a drying rack or string up your bloomers in the warm sunshine.  Your wallet will thank you.

©thejitterbug 2017

Check out my blog post about ditching cable for more frugal wins!

 

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Be Frugal, Cut the Cord & Ditch Cable TV Forever!

Be Frugal, Cut the Cord & Ditch Cable TV Forever!

My frugal journey began two years ago when I got SICK of Comcast and their outrageous cable bills.  I took the plunge and cut the cord.  One phone call and my cable service was cancelled.  Of course, I declined all of their “offers” and “packages” which were supposedly a great deal and would save me money…NOT! Internet only, thank you very much.

What do we do for TV?

My husband and I ordered a Roku, an RCA Multi-Directional Amplified Flat Antenna, subscribed to Netflix for $7.99 a month and never looked back.  We even ditched Comcast’s $10 a month rental unit and purchased our own Arris SURFboard Router.

Free at last!

True, the initial purchase of these items were a bit of an expense, however, my husband and I sat down and did a dollar cost average. Over time, we would quickly recoup these costs by not being tied to a massive cable bill.  I was kicking myself for not making this decision years ago!

Negotiating

I called Comcast a year later to negotiate (complain) when my internet rate increased.  Score!  We received a monthly $15 customer loyalty credit. Check out 20somethingfinance.com for tips on how to negotiate your bill.

In 2015, my Comcast bill had been $121.15. Today it is $59.95 (internet only.)  This means I save an average of $734.40 a year!  Whoa! That’s not chump change, that’s real dollars.  What to do with this frugal windfall is a topic for another blog post.

Remember to check your bill every 12 months because rates ALWAYS go up!

No Frugal Drawbacks Here!

Now, we have all the basic TV channels for free and the Roku provides endless options for TV programs, movies, documentaries, etc.  The term”Frugal” gets a bad rap but doesn’t seem to have any drawbacks here.  I have money in my pocket and entertainment galore.

Do I miss cable?  Nope.  Not for a minute.

Stay tuned for my next frugal post with more money saving tips and tricks.  Oh yes, the little things count!

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