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Ways to Save Money in Every Room of the House

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As the days get shorter and more time is spent indoors, it’s a great time to make sure your home is ready for winter. Even if you live in a temperate climate, it’s never a bad idea to go through the house and make sure everything is in place to create the best use of space, energy, and function. There are usually ways to save money in every room of the house.


The kitchen, in my opinion, is where monthly savings balances can be made or broken. Fortunately, there are tons of ways to lower spending on food and preparation.

Take a pantry challenge

Vow to skip the grocery for a week or at least avoid buying anything non-perishable. Challenge yourself and your family to come up with recipes to make use of what is already on hand.

Cook enough food for leftovers

On days when you cook, make enough to use for leftovers or lunches throughout the week.

Avoid food waste

Americans waste about 20 pounds of food per person in a month! Don’t contribute to that statistic.

Eat food that is getting close to its expiration dates first. If you aren’t in the mood for what’s on hand, go ahead and freeze it or make it into meals that can be frozen and eaten later.

Eat less meat

Not all meat is expensive, but the healthier varieties are almost never cheap. Try eating a few meatless meals per week or use meat as a side dish or garnish rather than a main course.


Cut back on water usage

I love a good shower as much as anyone, but try cutting shower time by a few minutes each day. Installing low flow shower heads and aerators can also conserve water.

Remember not to use the toilet as a waste basket. I’m guilty of flushing dead bugs down the toilet instead of putting them in the trash. While it makes them disappear quickly, I’m also wasting a few gallons of water for every dead fly or spider.

Use towels more than once

Unless you get really dirty or have bad allergies, try to hang towels up after each use instead of washing them every day. Obviously, you don’t want to go for weeks without washing linens, but there is a happy medium in there somewhere.

Declutter bathroom cabinets and drawers

There’s nothing worse than buying health and beauty products to find that you already had those supplies at home. Make sure all products have a place and check to see what’s on hand before heading out to the store.


Lower the thermostat at night

Add a few blankets to the bed rather than cranking up the heat on cold nights.

Check for leaky windows and doors

Adding some insulation strips or cauking can do wonders for keeping the cold out. Last year, I also added some Socket Sealers behind the plugs on outside walls. It’s amazing how much cold air can come through an unused outlet.

Living Room

Cancel cable or satellite TV

I’ve come to accept that my family can’t do away with TV completely, but we’ve been more than happy with Amazon Prime and Netflix since cutting the cord.

Redecorate on the cheap

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to buy a new couch over the past few years, but until our kid isn’t so messy, it makes no sense. When I get tired of our current furniture, I try to paint one of the walls or change out the pictures on the mantle. Even buying a new accessory is way less expensive than updating the furniture. Try to make a small, inexpensive change rather than breaking the bank on a complete remodel.

Garage or Closets

Clean out one closet or garage section

Many people treat their garage or closets like dumping grounds. Out of sight might be out of mind, but that doesn’t mean it’s good to leave clutter taking up all your storage space.

Instead of getting overwhelmed, declutter one area at a time and get rid of things you don’t need by selling or donating them.

Every Room

  • Consider replacing incandescent lights with CFL or LED light bulbs.
  • Use powerstrips for electronics and turn them off when not in use.
  • Turn off lights when leaving a room.
  • Look for one item a month that can be sold for cash on Craigs List or eBay.
  • Don’t run the clothes or dish washer until there is a full load.
  • Use baking soda, vinegar, and good old fashioned soap and water instead of expensive cleaning products.

Even if small things don’t seem worth the effort, remember that it all adds up. I used to think my silly ideas didn’t do much to save money, but after a few years of making changes around the house, I notice the difference. Our electric bill is about $20 per month less. We also save about $60 per month on entertainment by streaming TV instead of having cable. We have way less food waste than we used to. That’s a few hundred dollars per year we can spend on travel, for savings, or use any way besides literally throwing it out the window or down the drain.

What are your favorite ways to save money around the house? What is your biggest household money waster? 


About Kim Parr

Kim Parr is a private practice optometrist, freelance writer, and personal financial blogger. You can follow her journey to 20/20 financial vision at Eyes on the Dollar.


  1. We do pretty good when it comes to saving on money around the house. I don’t throw away a lot of food and we are pretty savvy with reusing stuff and getting the most out of what we have. I am even one of those cheapos who gets all the free soaps and shampoos from our hotel rooms every day so they replace them. I haven’t bought adult shampoo in a really, really long time.

  2. There isn’t much house to waste here so I’m pretty efficient, but I could be better with utilizing that food I already have. I don’t have much of a pantry since it’s a small apt, but I do sometimes not eat everything in the fridge before it goes bad.

    • We did really awesome for a while but I’ve slacked about making sure we eat leftovers before they go bad. It’s easy to let stuff get pushed to the back of the fridge and get forgotten.

  3. We’re good on a lot of these, but need to get much better at the decluttering.
    One other suggestion: Adjust your blinds or curtains. In the summer, close during the day and open at night. In cold weather, do the opposite. That way you are using or avoiding solar heat appropriately to help your heating and cooling.

  4. Our biggest waste is the cable subscription, but we’re getting ready to cancel that which will free up more money each month to save. That said, we’re planning on moving next year and we were just talking the other night about needing to do a massive purge of a bunch of stuff so we’re not paying to move stuff we don’t need or use.

  5. I did a couple of quick posts a few years ago. One was the $0 makeover. I moved the furniture around and it looked completely different. Then a $12 makeover that let me paint a bathroom cabinet and a bedroom dresser. Shocking what a little paint’ll do, eh?

    As for the shower thing, I’ve found it helps to play music. It keeps you more aware of the time.

    Unfortunately, we’re a household that can’t reuse towels. Well, we probably could, but my husband is scared of MRSA — despite being MRSA-free for 5 years — and the infections only ended when we stopped reusing towels.

    So now he uses a towel, and it goes in the laundry. Then the next time he reuses my towel. And so on. It’s especially frustrating because he takes multiple showers a day. But whatcha gonna do?

  6. I think it’s time for me to look for ways to save money in every room. Thanks for reminding me. But I think I can save much money in kitchen as it covers much in our budget. Eating less meat and avoiding food waste are definitely a way to go. Still looking for some ways in other rooms… Thanks!

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