April 03, 2019 4 min read
Imagine saving enough money to go on that special end of year holiday or upgrading the family car simply by changing a few of your daily habits. This is possible and very easy with our 9 money saving tips for Kiwis in 2019.
First set a goal and stick to it. Then look at your daily, weekly spending habits and see where you can cut back, change or completely cut out. You'd be amazed at how much you can save.
I've put together some simple and easy money saving tips for you to consider.
Make your own lunch
Sounds so simple but you'd be surprised how many people end up buying it each day. Costing around $10 to $15 each day. Get in the habit of making it the night before to avoid the early morning stress. Leftovers are great and often taste better the next day. Start making extra for dinner and freeze for lunches. Keep it fresh and different each day so you won't get bored and give up. Not only can you save around $2000 a year by doing this but you will also be doing your body a favour by knowing exactly what you are putting in it.
Wool Dryer Balls
These little furry balls of goodness not only help dry your clothes faster, cutting down the time you need to have your dryer on but they make your towels softer and fluffier.
Using wool dryer balls saves your dryer from the residue left behind from liquid fabric softeners and dryer sheets.
Lasts for a Thousand-Plus Loads, Replaces Dryer Sheets & Liquid Fabric Softeners, Saves Money. (A healthy, petroleum-free alternative to plastic dryer steamer balls). Link here.
One for the ladies.
On average, a woman will use over 11,000 tampons or pads in their lifetime, most of which will end up in the landfill or out at sea. So while this is bad for the environment it's also super expensive as well. Switching to a reusable menstrual cup which if used correctly can last you 10 years, will not only save you hundreds of dollars you will also be doing your bit for the environment. Link here.
Cloth Reusable Nappies
Reusable nappies have come along way in recent years. No more safety pins and fussing around. You can choose from beautiful prints to suit your taste. Easy to put on and clean up after accidents. The initial start up cost can seem quite up there as it is recommended to have at least 10 nappy covers and 10 inserts to begin with. This cost is easily less than buying disposable nappies from newborn to three years old.
You can use around 2500 disposable nappies in the first year which is a lot for the environment to cope with let alone the amount it will cost you. I'll let you do the maths. Link here.
Switching to reusable saran wrap
Making the switch from plastic throwaway glad wrap to a more sustainable and reusable saran wrap will save you money and your conscience. Keep all your leftover food fresh without using plastic glad wrap, glad wrap can only be used once then it ends up in landfill. Reusable saran wraps come in multiple sizes and can be used again and again. Saving you more money. Link here.
Stainless Steel Pegs
Make the switch from plastic pegs that dry out in the sun and snap whenever you go to use them. Try using Stainless Steel pegs. They are stronger and more durable and will outlast plastic pegs any day. They also look better as well as saving you money long term. Link here.
Bamboo Cloth pads
During a woman's life you will spend thousands of dollars on disposable menstrual products. Making the switch to reusable menstrual products will save you a lot of money and you will also be doing your bit for the environment.
Bamboo Cloth Maternity/Menstrual reusable pads are a great alternative to disposable sanitary pads. They are made from soft, bamboo material and fasten with a button clasp. The pads are long and wide (with wings) to prevent overflow. Great for the days after giving birth or at night time during a normal period. Very absorbent and quick drying. Link here.
Take your own coffee
We all love a delicious flat white but at an average of $4.00 per cup it certainly adds up. If you are buying one every day on the way to work that's a whopping $960.00 a year you could be saving to spend on yourself. Buy yourself a great reusable coffee mug and make yourself a nice coffee in the morning to enjoy on your commute to work.
Reusable Breast Pads
Another one for the ladies. It seems like any natural thing a woman has to go through in life comes with a cost and the use of disposable products. While breastfeeding you will need to use breast pads. The option used to be limited to throw away disposable breast pads. Not any more. You now have awide variety of options for reusable breast pads that not only save you money in the long term but they look better and are gentler on the environment. Link here to some great options.
Many of these 9 money saving tips for Kiwis in 2019 will have a great impact on your wallet and also on the environment.
So if saving money while you ensuring the world is better for future generations is something you want, then start today.
Start small and if enough people do it then big things can happen.
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