The Savings Experiment is an original video series that offers simple and easy-to-execute money saving tips to consumers across the web.
Take cleaning products for example, we all have to buy cleaning products in order to keep out homes healthy and clean, and that bottle of cleaning spray and wipes can run out quickly. They also can be pretty pricey if you’re constantly having to restock.
Many of these products can be made though with ingredients you probably already have in your home. Vinegar is a great all-purpose cleaners and baking soda is gentle enough to use as a mild abrasive in many areas of your home. Making your own cleaners can be a great way to cut cleaning costs.
Also, you should know that a lot of cleaning products can pull double duty. Bathroom, floor, kitchen — look for an all purpose cleaner if you’re going to buy in the store instead of buying three separate cleaners. And finally, reuse. Disposable items are handy, but they can quickly eat up a household budget. To save money, pick items that can be reused such as a reusable mop instead of mop pads, or use old t-shirts as cleaning clothes that you can wash later.
Household cleaning products are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cutting costs. The Savings Experiment aims to help you save on everything from air conditioning to online shopping and travel budgets.
Place a couple of frozen bottles in front of a fan for a do-it-yourself air conditioner.
Avocados and bananas have a short shelf life, because of a chemical called ethylene. Picking up ethylene gas absorbers like ExtraLife can be purchased on Amazon for $10.50 and will help your fruits and veggies last much longer.
Speaking of Amazon, the item prices change prices all the time, but Camelizer helps you to track the shifts in an item’s price to buy it at the best time.
Soda Stream machines are great for helping the environment, but after factoring machine cost and mixers, they’re not really saving you money unless your family goes through at least 1 liter of soda a day. The best way to save money on soda is still the old fashioned way — coupons. Also, stocking up on July 1st, Memorial Day and the Super Bowl when prices are the lowest.
Summer means weddings, and if you’ve ever been in a wedding you know how expensive they can be. One way to save a little is by buying a used tux or bridesmaid dress instead of renting or buying new. Tradesy and MyOwnTuxedo are great for finding wedding savings.
If you find yourself traveling this summer, you might want to consider a boutique hotel over the larger chains. Smaller hotels often try to compete with equal to or lower prices, and you’ll have a more unique room.