Inflation hit my wallet hard, but I do 4 things at home every day to help – it’s allowed me to save up to $200 a month
There are many steps frugal Americans can take to save hundreds of dollars as inflation erodes people’s wallets — and it starts at home.
Jane Glantz, founder of Bridesmaids for Hire, revealed that she does four household things as a fully telecommuter to save at least $200, every month.
In her Business Insider report, Glantz said the first thing she does is sell things online that you no longer need or want, a side activity she said she picked up on the weekends.
“With inflation causing the prices of food and household items to skyrocket, I became obsessed with finding ways to save more money each month,” she wrote.
She said that every Sunday morning she spends 45 minutes putting together the items she wants to list online.
Her clothes and shoes go to Poshmark, odds and ends are on Facebook Marketplace, and her furniture and household items are featured on OfferUp.
Last month, Glantz made $75 selling three pieces of furniture, and this month she earned $100 selling clothes and shoes, she said.
They provide 25 percent to 50 percent returns.
Next, Glantz took a closer look at her electric bill, which was $180 for her 500-square-foot apartment.
“I’m guilty of leaving the house with the lights and air on, even when I don’t plan on going home for hours,” she wrote.
To avoid this, she started sticking a sticky note on her front door reminding her to close everything before she left.
Overall, I also stopped blowing the air conditioner constantly throughout the day.
Instead, she shuts off her shades in her apartment to keep her cool while working from home, then turns on the air for 20 minutes, and shuts it off for 40 minutes.
Glantz washes dishes and washes clothes once a week, down three to four times a week before wanting to save energy.
“While the amount of an electric bill can change based on many factors, I hope that by being more strict about these behavioral shifts, I can get at least $20 a month off that bill,” she said.
In addition to her electricity, she has also revised her spending on food.
She realized that she spends about $600 a month on groceries and can save money by ensuring that the food she has in her home is not wasted.
For example, I took unused garlic cloves, onions, potatoes, and zucchini, which were all about to spoil, and made a soup that I froze.
She expects the soup to provide her with enough food for two of her lunches, with food provided outside.
“I’m starting to notice that I can take some money off that amount if I’m smarter not only about how I buy these foodstuffs, but also about how to make sure they aren’t wasted,” she wrote.
Glantz began clipping coupons and buying more frozen products, saving $15 to $20 a week.
She also realized that she was eating a third of the loaf of bread she made once a week for $4.99.
Now, Glantz freezes her leftovers and only buys bread every three weeks.
She said these food tricks help her save anywhere from $60 to $80 a month.
The last way you save money, despite the inflation, is to buy off-brand, rather than brand-name cleaning products, and save $15 to $30 a month.
For example, the non-brand dish soap I recently bought was $0.99 compared to $4.99 for the name brand.
“When I switched most of my cleaning products away from well-known brands, my savings started to increase,” she wrote.
“Plus, depending on the store you’re shopping at, you may find more coupons on offer, or buy one get one deals, if you buy the store brand instead.”
Glantz is a writer, with lines on 125 different publications, from TODAY.com to the New York Times, from Glamor magazine to Women’s Health, her website says.
She is the author of All My Friends Are Engaged, Always Bridesmaid (For Hire), and Finally The Bride.
“I remember being six years old, mistaking poems on napkins, inside books, maybe once or twice on walls (sorry, mom) and understanding how powerful words, stories, and feelings can be once they leave your heart,” she wrote on her website.
She is also the founder of Bridesmaids for HA rentals where you can pay for “Bridesmaids,” which can help you out on your wedding day, hosts a podcast, and has two newsletters about marriage and singles jobs.