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29 Jan 2019

Taking The Long-Term Approach To Cutting Home Costs

Taking The Long-Term Approach To Cutting Home Costs

Any household can benefit from cutting costs, but cost-cutting is often the most profound when taken with a long-term mindset. Long-term savings can sometimes be implemented in such a way that allows you to both save money while noticing little deficiency in your quality of life at that property. In fact, with some wise planning, it may even increase it. Cost-cutting is not good cost-cutting if it impedes with your general flow of life, is an absolute chore to implement, or means you have to go without the essentials.

It’s also not imperative to cut costs only if you’re struggling for money. Even properties that are more than affordable to run for you can benefit from this mindset, because sometimes, with the right investments, you may enjoy a much smaller impact on the environment, or can teach you to stay within your means in terms of your consuming life. While every household is different, and all properties have their needs, sometimes cutting home costs can allow you to live more intelligently, and you will be able to come to a custom solution for you and those you trust.

With the following advice, you’re sure to experience this:

Water Tanks

If you have any form of land whatsoever, management of said land requires long-form solutions, both for convenience and the pressing needs of modern legislation. If you run a smallholding, need to hydrate the land, or perhaps wish to water your crops effectively, poly water tanks can sometimes be the absolute best option in these circumstances. With a little care and purposeful placement, a solution like this, especially one that’s self-cleaning, could potentially save you plenty of money in the long-term.


Solar is essential to consider because now it’s becoming more and more cost-effective to invest in. If you have any form of roofing real estate, perhaps even more than one building on your property, you could potentially cut much of your energy bill here. While this may require a larger investment than you could originally expect, taking the long-term approach could mean you save enough money each year to warrant that. After a number of years, the installation will have paid for itself, and as most panels have a lifespan of at least twenty years depending on the weather in your location, you may benefit for some time to come. Inspecting the space you have free and calculating the installation vs. funding saved could potentially be a good exercise as the Spring starts to roll in, bringing with it the promise of more sun.


It’s quite a shame how in the modern day, consumer culture has led us to throw things out only to replace them time and time again. Less than fifty years ago, the common norm was to repair, reuse, and only replace when necessary. This was helped along by how most products were often built to last. We could see that in the cars that they had, the thick television stands made of wood, and the prime leather used in shoes. Taking this mindset and applying it to what you can potentially help you take advantage of the reparative mindset. A little shoe-working or sole repair here could completely eviscerate the need to purchase a pair once more, saving you a decent investment for the weekend. A little patch on a pair of jeans could give them a little more character, and cover up a hole created through the rough-and-tumble play of your children.

Reusing items is nothing new, but some households do not engage in it whatsoever. If this sounds like your household there’s no need to be ashamed of that, provided you at least understand the opportunities afforded to you if you were willing to try.


'Hand-me-downs' has become something of an unhappy term. For some reason, we think it denotes frugality to the max when it needn’t be there, or a lack of care in purchasing things for a younger child. Of course, if sending your child to school in beaten school trousers with only a few holes sewn, you might interpret it that way. But sometimes, a perfectly good school bag or lunch box is a perfectly good school bag or lunch box. It all depends on the quality and build of the item, how faded or damaged it might be, or how you might be able to restore it to look brand new.

The same could go for items in your house. Sure you might have inherited a rather beaten-up looking sofa from your grandparent, but five hours in an upholstery workshop might bring it back to life, on top of the sentimental value you might gain from its use. Hand-me-downs can sometimes be atrocious and a replacement must be considered before anything else, but sometimes, with a little care and the right observant mindset, you can save plenty of costs you would have otherwise spent on a wasted item.


If you aren’t a member of a wholesale retailer, it can be very inexpensive to do so. Investing in large freezer spaces, two if you have room for them, can help you purchase all of your canned and frozen goods for months and simply bring them to your home to enjoy. This not only saves you a massive amount of money in the long-term but can truly help your home remain filled with all the essentials, perfect for if an ice blast freezes the roads and prevents you from going shopping during a particular week. Wholesale clubs are forever selling promotions or giving out coupons for foods you might not have tried yet. Some people feel that wholesale clubs do little to actually provide good quality food, but this isn’t the case. Try looking for those that have been butcher-accredited.

Support Small Businesses

Developing great relationships with your grocer and butcher can help you save plenty of money, and gain a higher quality product. People often think this is too good to be true, and to those, we suggest heading around your local town and seeing just what local businesses might be the most beautiful for you to interface with. You never know just what treats you could uncover. Sure, the inconvenience of visiting multiple stores can feel like a hassle, as can grouping all your vegetables yourself or pointing to the meats you want for wrapping, but not only are those comfortable social exchanges that make the shopping trip much more enjoyable, but you’ll be supporting your local community well.

In the long-term, making relationships like this can benefit you to no small extent. You’ll often find your butcher offering you beautiful cuts that might have a few days left for very cheap, giving you a beautiful stew that evening for next to nothing. This is the kind of collaborative and friendly understanding that grows between people in a community, and not only is it thoroughly nourishing, but can help you save plenty of money.

Grow Your Own

It’s quite amazing to see just how growing your own vegetable garden can sustain you and your family with vegetables for a good few weeks or even months. It can be profoundly worthwhile to see just how many free eggs you may get from a few chickens in your backyard, provided they have ample space to wander. If you take on even more smallholding animals to provide them a nice life but ultimately to slaughter, it’s amazing to see just how much meat you will receive and be able to freeze. With the association of a good butcher, you could potentially be eating fantastic, wholesome, farm-to-table foods you have had the good nature to provide for yourself. Of course, none of these methods are completely free of cost, but they are absolutely wonderful in just how cost-effective they can be compared to purchasing your meat from the butcher or the dreaded supermarket. 

Of course, these developments can also prove to be a wonderful hobby in their own right, helping you assign yourself to small-holding or small farm living, one of the most natural, rustic, and profoundly nourishing things you could decide to do.

Cut The Subscriptions

Households are now falling victim to subscription overload, depending on how many services they use. As businesses seek to lessen the apparent investment of their services in order to gain more customer supporters, we might find ourselves signing up for too many free trials with a billing notice at the end, or perhaps we may find ourselves connected to way too much variety. There’s no way you can fully experience a full premium ebook subscription, a Netflix or Amazon subscription, a cable subscription, the top internet plan, a range of insurances for your devices just to name a few. Choosing what you’d most like out of the myriads can help the entertainment you enjoy become more focused and personal, but also saves you plenty of outgoing funding a month you can spend on the things that truly matter.

With these tips, taking the long-term approach to cutting home costs will surely be worthwhile.

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