Money Saving Tips

Helpful Money Saving Tips


 

Auto and yard equipment, check:

  • Tire pressure on all vehicles and adjust to recommended pressure (see sidewall of tire).
  • All fluid levels on your vehicles and fill to recommended levels.
  • Clean of replace air filters on all vehicles.
  • Check oil level and air filter on lawn equipment.
  • Sharpen lawn equipment blades (mower blade, chain saw, hedge trimmers, pruners, etc).
  • Verify fuel is usable and fill gas cans for lawn equiptment, label special fuel (2 stroke).

Home, check:

  • Squeaky doors and oil as needed.
  • Range hood and clean as needed.
  • All filters (range hood, furnace, air returns, humidifier, vaccuum, fish tank, etc.).
  • All vents for dust, mold, or obstructions.
  • Working condition of your pool or pond pump(s).
  • All window and door locks for proper working order.
  • Faucets for dripping, replace washers if leaking.
  • Gutters for any blockage (birds love to build their nest in them, check for leaves too).
  • Water and drain pipes inside and out for drips or leaks.
  • Clean refrigerator and freezer coils.
  • All interior caulking and repair as needed.
  • All fire extinguisher gauges and replace as needed.

Clean the following:

  • All windows – remove exterior shade and bug screens, clean window sills thoroughly and wipe the glass down with vinegar and water.
  • Completely clean your refrigerator and/or freezer. Remove everything, clean and restock.
  • Remove grills on forced air system ducts and vaccuum inside as far as you can get.
  • Sweep the garage floor.
  • Pour baking soda and vinegar in your drains to clean.
  • Run a tray of ice cubes in your garbage disposal to sharpen the blades.
  • Run a lemon or lime to freshen the smell of your garbage disposal.
  • Pull all furniture out, lift cushons and sweep/vaccuum under and behind.

 

Examine exterior:

  • Foundation for any cracks.
  • Exposed wood (attic, etc.) for any sign of insect damage.
  • All outdoor items for weather damage of seasonal mainterance.
  • Place all unused items into storage containers or shed.
  • Clean out shed of unused items.
  • Drain water heater to remove sediment and maintain efficiency.

Examine interior:

  • Examine carpet for stains or wear; shampoo or replace as needed.
  • Scrub all non-carpeted floors.
  • Scour all sinks, counters, and table tops.
  • Test all GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interupt) outlets.
  • Test all Fire/smoke/carbon momoxide detectors.
  • Inventory all fod items (pantry, freezer, refrigerator, etc.) Toss the old and go to the store.
  • Run sinks, shower, and toilets in less frequent used bathrooms.
  • Drain pans under refrigerator and air handler for proper drainage.

Beside the obvious of saving money, it’s the reward for doing these things? Your house and automobile (and the components in them) will have a much longer lifespan. You have far fewer emergency repairs. Your energy and fuel bills are lower. Your car has a longer lifespan. Your home has a larger resale value.

It all adds up!

Take care of your largest investments and they will take care of you.