For those of us who aren’t morning people, the thought of actively saving money as soon as we wake up might seem like an impossible task. However, there are plenty of things you can do to save money that don’t require much brain activity in the morning. One of the best ways to make saving money an ongoing part of your daily life is to do something that saves money within the first half hour of waking up. Here are a few things that you can do to save money as soon as you wake up:
Drink Coffee Instead of Buying Coffee
One easy step is that if you’re a caffeine addict, make sure you drink coffee at home instead of running out to the nearest coffee shop. The average coffee drinker spends almost $100 a year on coffee which could be avoided by making coffee at home instead. If you don’t have time to make it in the morning, prepare everything the night before instead so all you have to do is just press the button to brew a pot. You can also opt for places where you can score coffee for free.
Don’t Make Coffee You’re Not Going to Drink
Of course, if you’re also a coffee drinker, you might want to make sure you’re not wasting coffee. You probably already have your morning routine down which means you know how much time you have before you have to leave for school, work, or to run daily errands. If you know that you only have time to drink one cup of coffee, don’t make a full pot. Making more than you know you’re going to drink is just a waste of resources and your money.
Eat Breakfast Instead of Buying Breakfast
Like drinking coffee at home can save you money, eating breakfast before you leave the house will also save you money. Eating at home will prevent you from grabbing a doughnut or breakfast sandwich once you leave the house. It will also prevent you from becoming hungry later in the day, also potentially preventing you from spending money on snacks.
Don’t Make Breakfast You’re Not Going to Eat
Again, as with coffee, don’t make breakfast items that you know you’re not going to eat. You might make a full bowl of oatmeal and only have three bites before rushing out the door. Or you might pour yourself a bowl of cereal and eat only half before tossing the rest in the trash. Make sure you know what you have time to eat and plan accordingly.
Don’t Turn on the Television
Some people enjoy background sound while they’re getting ready in the morning. Sometimes you want to listen to the news or just watch your favorite morning talk show. But you can save more money by not turning on the television as soon as you wake up by not being bombarded with advertisements. It’s also a great way to focus on what is important to get done during the day instead of being distracted by what’s on TV.
Don’t Boot Up Your Computer
If you plan to leave your house or apartment within an hour or two of waking up, there’s little need to turn on your computer. Unless you have a job that requires you to be connected to email before you leave the house, is there a need to check your computer? Everyone is so connected to the internet nowadays, but keeping your computer turned off for another hour or two can save you some money on your energy bill.
Leave the Lights Off
If you have direct sunlight coming in through your windows, consider leaving the lights off for a little while after you wake up. Natural light is a better alternative than turning on the light switch and therefore raising the price of your electricity bill. Besides, if you have access to direct sunlight, you should take advantage of that!
Unplug Appliances After Using Them
So many of us leave appliances plugged in without thinking twice about it. But leaving appliance plugged in makes your electricity bill skyrocket with phantom electricity being used. After you use the toaster or coffeemaker, for instance, unplug it until you need to use it again. After all, do you really need to have that coffeemaker plugged in for the eight hours you’re at work?
Turn Off Heat or Air Conditioning
We all like to come home to a warm apartment in the winter or cold apartment in the summer. But sometimes we run the heat or air conditioning during hours when we don’t really need to. For instance, if you’re going to be moving around and getting ready for the day as soon as you wake up, do you really need the heat at full blast? Turn it down a little and save some money on your heating bill. And when you leave for the day, set a timer so that you’re not heating or cooling an empty house or apartment for eight hours.
Take a Shorter Shower
The longer you spend in the shower, the more you’re paying to have your water heater heat the water. If you want to cut down on your water bill, try taking a shorter shower. A great ways to do this is to use a time while in the shower and you might as well save money in some other ways while in the shower as well.
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