5 Ways to Cut Costs on Routine Chores

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We all have to complete certain chores regularly, and most people really don’t enjoy it. Although chores are part of our every-day life, they can be hard to fit into the schedule sometimes, and it can be equally difficult to find the motivation to do them. Most chores require specific tools or chemicals, which can cost money. Everyone does laundry, dishes, and other chores (with the exception of those who can afford to have someone else do it). However, there are many ways to cut costs on specific chores that are a part of our regular routine. From saving money by conserving water, to making certain supplies yourself, to even cutting costs when you are getting help from other people, you can save money on chores. While we can’t magically make your chores disappear, we can show you five ways you can cut the financial cost of those chores.

1. Use less water

It’s necessary to wash dishes and do the laundry regularly. One way to save money when doing dishes is to quickly rinse off dishes and pots right after you use them. If you have to vigorously scrub later, you will use more water; it is especially important to scrape food off. Even though dishwashers are designed to get your dishes clean, you might have to wash dishes several times if you don’t pre-wash first. You should also turn the water off when you are not using it; this seems obvious, but many people get in the habit of leaving water on when they are doing dishes, or even brushing their teeth. Make sure you only run the dishwasher when you have a complete load.

You can also save money by being responsible with your water use for your laundry. Don’t run small loads and forget to change the load size (select small if your load is small.) Also, unless you have clothes that need to be washed immediately, wait until you have enough clothing to do a complete load so that you don’t waste water. Lastly, only wash clothes when they are actually dirty. Your winter coat doesn’t need to go to the dry cleaners once per month.