Money-Saving Tips for Families

October 15, 2018 9 By EngineerMommy

This post is sponsored by Best Buy. All opinions are mine alone.

I am always looking for easy ways to reduce our everyday expenses. Today I’ll be sharing some easy ways to decrease your monthly household expenses. From cutting cable to using a programmable thermostat, keep reading for my best tips.

1. Get rid of cable!
We cut the cable cord a few years ago and I absolutely love the freedom & savings that go along with that. With Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player, it’s now possible to stream your favorite entertainment, including movies, live TV, YouTube and photos right from your family’s devices. Note that subscriptions are required to view some content. Without needing to buy a new TV, you can upgrade your household entertainment for much less! Plus, setting everything up is super easy thanks to the built-in Wi-Fi. Chromecast connects to your TV via HDMI ports and to the Internet via your home network (wireless router sold separately).

I love that with Google Chromecast, it’s easy to stream content from your phone right to your TV. You can enjoy your favorite shows, playlists and more with just a few clicks. Use any one of 2000+ apps, including Netflix, YouTube, YouTube TV and HBO Now. Plus, thanks to connected devices like Google Home, you can begin streaming with your voice. Simply say, “OK Google, play Stranger Things from Netflix on my living Room TV.” Please note that web-based content requires high-speed Internet service. So what are you waiting for? Try Chromecast today and make the most of the apps & entertainment already on your phone!

2. Save on travel expense!
If you have a long drive to work, consider carpooling with neighbors and friends. You will save money on tolls & gas. Plus, you will have less stress and frustration in the long run. If you take public transportation to work, look for monthly passes that allow you to commute on a lower per-trip cost.

3. Use the right light bulbs!
We all need light but choosing the right bulbs can make a big difference in your energy usage and utility bills. Traditional incandescent bulbs are popular but they cost more in the long run. With CFLs or LEDs, you can save a lot of money compared to incandescent bulbs. By the way, when comparing bulbs at the store, always use the lumens number (not the wattages).

4. Use a programmable thermostat!
A programmable thermostat is an easy way to control your energy usage during summer and winter. Set the thermostat according to your everyday schedule. Keep in mind that a single degree difference in the set temperature can make a big difference in your utility bill. Therefore, consider putting on an extra layer or two in the winter or turning on a fan in the summer.

5. Cancel unnecessary memberships!
Are you a member of a fitness club but find that you rarely go there? What about that subscription to the magazine that you rarely read? Look for regular expenses that you can cut out of your regular routine and watch the savings roll in!

Don’t forget to check out Google Chromecast and save money on your entertainment expenses. How do you keep your household expenses in check?

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