10 Painless ways to Save Money......

By
Real Estate Agent with Balboa Real Estate San Diego, CA

 

 

 


Sure I can:

Ride my bike instead of my car. (try riding a bike on the So Cal freeways). Eliminate Starbuck's from my daily routine (aww, this hurts). Brown bag it daily (hate making sandwiches in the morning). Sit in my dark, cold house with no lights on.....(enough said)!! 



But I have found 10 painless ways to save money in San Diego:



1. Use the clothes dryer for 2 minutes to "fluff" the fabric, then hang on a rack in the sun.

2. Change all light bulbs to "low energy".

3. Recycle plastic grocery bags to use in the trash.

4. Check fees at your bank. I did some comparison shopping for small business accounts and even though there was only $20/difference a month,it's money in my pocket, not theirs. 

5."Sun-blocking" curtains & ceiling fans reduce heat (and cold) thus lowering energy costs substantially.

6.Check your cell phone carrier & cable t.v. providers regularly. They don't want to lose you to the competition, and often have "new programs" to offer you. I just saved $20/month from my Verizon wireless bill, & $30 from my cable bill, with not much difference in my old service plan. 

7. Get rid of your landline telephone---I have several friends still spending $30-$40/month on phone bills, even while fax technology is outdated.


8. Stop paying significantly 
high prices for "processed" foods. You will not only save $$, but you will be much healthier.

9. Stop buying bottled water. My refrigerator has a “filtered water system”. If you do not have this, you can purchase 
Brita Water Filtration System at Target and filter your own water. Or use both and have double-filtered water.

10. Stop buying software. I found 
Avira (anti-virus) and Open Office (replaces Microsoft Office) both online for FREE. Google.docs now offers FREE web-based templates.

 

Using the above methods I save over $100/month.............. and I have some of the lowest utility bills in my San Diego neighborhood.



Posted by

 

 

 Integrity-Solutions-Results

INVESTMENT SPECIALIST

Hogue and Belong Realty-Bankers Hill

San Diego, CA

close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Topic:
ActiveRain Community
Location:
California San Diego County San Diego
Groups:
Bananatude
Realtors®
ActiveRain Network Referral Base
Investing for Dummies
San Diego Real Estate Q and A
Tags:
save money in san diego
free software
san diego real estate
tips on saving money in san diego
deborah stone san diego properties
cheap ideas

Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Rainmaker
656,032
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

There are always ways to save an added buck if we look for them.

Nov 09, 2009 10:10 AM #4
Rainer
110,667
Dianne Hicks
Realty ONE Group - Poway, CA

Cute post, a sense of humor. Loved your opening lines. Great tips.

Nov 09, 2009 10:45 AM #5
Rainmaker
190,966
DEBORAH STONE
Balboa Real Estate San Diego, CA - San Diego, CA

Bob and Carolin-

Yes and so humbling!

Diane-

Thanks for the feedback and for stopping by my Blog.

Nov 09, 2009 11:23 AM #6
Rainmaker
557,602
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Grants Pass, OR - Bend, OR
The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS

In the great state of Oregon, you can save 3% if you pay your property taxes by Nov. 15.

You can save 3 cents per gallon, if you buy your gas at Fred Meyer (and you don't even have to pump your own gas!).

And, there are big savings at the DMV - Car registrations are $86. every 2 years, no matter what type of car you drive!

Nov 09, 2009 11:38 AM #7
Rainmaker
190,966
DEBORAH STONE
Balboa Real Estate San Diego, CA - San Diego, CA

Melinda-

Thanks for stopping by my Blog! Yes one can find many opportunities to save money. And it all adds up.

Nov 10, 2009 03:01 AM #8
Ambassador
518,944
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

Great ideas Deborah!  I need to give my cell phone service another call...  Already cut the cable, we have to be one of the few households in America that does not watch TV!

Nov 10, 2009 09:59 PM #9
Rainmaker
190,966
DEBORAH STONE
Balboa Real Estate San Diego, CA - San Diego, CA

Penny

I applaud your family for NOT watching t.v. I don't watch alot, but am just addicted to CNN and other news channels...don't  know why, most of it is sensationalism. Give me some tips.

Nov 11, 2009 02:41 AM #10
Rainmaker
190,966
DEBORAH STONE
Balboa Real Estate San Diego, CA - San Diego, CA

Rick-

I use Skype to conference call and for talking to my daughter in NYC. It is sure nice to be able to see each other when we talk. The phone calls are a bit inconvenient: must use headphones and be tethered to the laptop But I use it when I know my calls are going to be 30 minutes or more...like when I call the Lender on a Short Sale.

 

Nov 12, 2009 01:28 AM #13
Ambassador
2,370,778
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Deborah - Great post and I agree with all of your 10 tips, welcome to the group and you have found yourself a feature at one of my favorite groups at Activerain ..............

CALIFORNIA DREAMING

VB ;o)

Nov 12, 2009 12:33 PM #15
Rainmaker
190,966
DEBORAH STONE
Balboa Real Estate San Diego, CA - San Diego, CA

Thanks Robert!

Nov 12, 2009 12:39 PM #16
Ambassador
2,370,778
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Your very welcome my friend and keep those wonderful posts coming!

VB ;o)

Nov 17, 2009 02:05 PM #17
Rainmaker
523,128
Ann Nguyen
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Truckee, CA
Lake Tahoe Truckee Homes For Sale

I have gotten into the habit of going to my grocery website & browse for coupons before buying my weekly groceries. Sometimes the savings can be significant :-)

Dec 03, 2009 08:41 AM #18
Rainer
42,840
Richard Mielke
RE/MAX Results - Gettysburg, PA
REALTOR, Gettysburg Pennsylvania Real Estate

Making a grocery list and sticking to it at the store can make a difference.

Dec 03, 2009 08:44 AM #19
Rainmaker
190,966
DEBORAH STONE
Balboa Real Estate San Diego, CA - San Diego, CA

Ann

It really amazes me how much "fat" I can skim off my weekly groceries....and it's pretty painless. It just takes some planning, as you stated.

 

Richard-

Yes, lists are a great idea......I am not good at this, but I am getting better.

Dec 03, 2009 02:37 PM #20
Rainer
30,187
Kenny Williams
Shimmering sands Realty - Panama City Beach, FL
Kenny Williams

thanks for the tips there is always ways to save if you look

Mar 19, 2013 09:08 AM #21
Rainmaker
131,586
Shelley Rowton
Move To Realty - Austin, TX
ABR, RSPS - (512) 507-5779 MoveToRealty of Austin

All great ideas! I usually find myself deciding between saving money and saving time, and most of your ideas don't make you decide between the two!

Mar 19, 2013 09:11 AM #22
Ambassador
1,230,487
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County
I'm considering #7 but do not get really reliable cell service at my house. What do you think?
Mar 19, 2013 01:07 PM #23
Rainmaker
647,293
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

Those are great suggestions.  I have already implemented most of them.

Mar 19, 2013 01:16 PM #24
Rainer
205,570
Mark Delgado
houses for rent, Solano County & Glen Cove - Benicia, CA
Benicia and Vallejo, Property Management, rental h

Great advice.  I had already done 4 of them but hadn't thought of a couple more.  However, there are a few that I just can't do - the time trade off wil "cost" me more than the dollars saved.

Apr 14, 2013 12:09 PM #25
Rainmaker
1,507,314
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Great points, Deborah!

And they are do-able:)

I don't buy battled water, no land line for years, no extra software( love you Apple), right bulbs are used through the house, reused bags for groceries, etc. Why not? I'm even going to buy a 'green car' and i already have a scooter:) 

Sep 11, 2013 06:04 PM #26
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?

Rainmaker
190,966

DEBORAH STONE

Ask me a question
*
*
*
*