When you think about saving money, you usually consider budgeting, spending less on fast food, and cutting the lights off when you leave a room. There are many ways to save money around the house, but the least considered idea is through prevention.
For the majority of us, unless we are just plagued with bad luck, most of the debacles we will talk about don’t make a habit of happening all the time. Because they are not a normal everyday life event, we usually consider them out of sight out of mind.
So, when they do happen, we are caught off guard and end up losing money we don’t have to spare. Below are three things you can do that will help you avoid happenings that could empty your wallet.
Clean The Dryer Vent
Yes, it is the middle of winter. Snow is falling and so are the temperatures. The wind is blowing and makes 25 degrees seem more like 15. However, this doesn’t put much of a damper on the laundry. Matter-of-fact, it has a tendency to make more.
Taking the 4 wheeler out in the snow or staging the snowball fight of the century can make keeping up with dirty clothes an Olympic event. So, the washer and dryer get a workout in the winter. The thing, here, that needs more attention is the vent on the dryer. If not cleaned, it will eventually clog with lint and dust and could cause a very costly house fire.
Repairing smoke and water damage and replacing practical needs and material belongings can zap your bank account in a hurry. A house fire could also end up costing you the life of a family member, Take the time to clean the vent before you start every load.
Don’t Forget the Stove
You had a late night and have an even earlier morning. You get up, get a shower, get dressed and rush to make some breakfast for the family shortly before everyone runs off to school and work. In the process, you forget to turn the stove off.
Later that evening, when your children return home from school, they return to a tragedy. All they ever owned and felt safe in has burnt to the ground because you didn’t know that little Bobby left his coat on the counter and the burning eye on the stove lit Bobby’s jacket.
Not only will you face the cost of replacing your life’s belongings, you will pay the cost of yours and your family’s feelings of security,
Keep Your Pipes Warm
When the winter months take over, plummeting temperatures can cause a lot of chaos with the pipes that carry water throughout your home. They can cause problems ranging from frozen pipes and lack of water to busted pipes and water backup. The lack of heat to your pipes carries the possibility of added hundreds, and sometimes thousands of, dollars in repairs to your pipes, floors, and material belongings.
The next time you hear the weatherman warn of freezing to below freezing temperatures, take the time to open your cabinet doors to allow the warm air in your house to keep the water in your pipes from freezing. You can also set your faucets to a drip. The constant movement of water through the pipes will make it more difficult for them to freeze.
Saving money is more than a goal. It should be a way of life. Use these tips to begin a lifestyle safety and saving.