It was another good week for saving some bucks! To celebrate Friday, here are some frugal tips from my everyday:
- Save twist ties from different purchases such as bundles of produce. Twist ties can be re-used for various purposes, and not just limited to gardening and food storage. For example, we use a sturdier twist tie to prop open a screen door, and ties can be used to organize different cables.
- if you have internet at home, turn off your router and devices when they are not in use — to save energy and data use and increase security. We turn off our router with a simple grounded switch. Note, too, that you can use inexpensive phones as portable wi-fi hot spots, to help conserve power and possibly get more out of your phone’s data plan.
- Further save data and reduce costs and reliance on the internet (“decomputerize“) by borrowing DVDs from your local library instead of streaming digital content. I recommend using an older laptop with a DVD drive as a multipurpose home device. You can even use one as a non-distraction writing machine, keeping it completely off the internet — a good idea if it has an older operating system.
- Finally, if you are using a Windows 10 computer, be sure to disable default peer-to-peer data sharing settings to conserve your data. From my experience, the default setting seems to be a MAJOR data hog.
Hope this week’s Frugal Friday ideas are helpful! Check back in future weeks for more!