How to Live Off the Grid

Do you ever take a bit to just do some imagining about your dream  house? We’ve been doing a little of that here lately. I’m not sure why more so than usual – maybe it has something to do with the babies on the way. And a few neat projects we’ve come across that just aren’t too possible in a neighborhood such as ours. (HOA and all.)

Both my hubby and I grew up in the country – wide open spaces and no “rules” on what you could do around your home or property. I think we’re just prepping ourselves to move back to those roots, and, while I wouldn’t consider our dream home or property to be “off the grid”, I do want to have things such as solar panels to help with energy costs! 

Could You Live Off the Grid Promo Square

So when Zacharry from Cast Iron Radiators 4 U contacted me with an infographic on how to live off the grid, I got a ton of great ideas from it! Here’s hoping you will, too! (For my United States readers, the monetary amounts are listed in European form, but you can still get the general idea!)

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7 Ways to Lower Your Budget in 2016

Well, here we are! You now officially have 2 days of 2015 left. TWO DAYS, PEOPLE!!!

And you KNOW I had to post about budget.

If you’re hoping to be more financially responsible in 2016, you may be searching for ways to lower your budget, as well as stick to it, throughout the coming year.

Piggy Dollars Showing Money Savings And Wealth

Thankfully, there are many methods you can follow to do just that and put more money aside in savings if you need to.

Check these out…

1. Start Saving Energy Around the House

From making it a point to use less water and simply turning off the light when you leave a room, there are plenty of easy ways to save money on your energy bill at home. Start by replacing light bulbs to LEDs that are the most energy efficient option out there. If you have the money to install a programmable thermostat, you can do so as well, as this will help you maintain the optimal temperature at all times, even when you aren’t home. And seal up any gaps throughout your home so you can reduce the amount of cold or hot air that enters and forces your thermostat to work harder. 

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6 Easy Ways to Save Money Around the House this Fall!

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Fall is now in full swing and with that comes increased expenses. Higher costs in utility bills, paying for programs and lunch for the kids, and even the impending holidays around the corner are enough to throw anyone’s budget off. Rather than turn your hair grey by stressing, it is a good idea to get on top of these things now so that you can save money throughout the fall season. 

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Below are some fairly simple ways you can begin to save money around the house:

1.  Weatherproof Your Home

You’re going to need to cut on the heating system soon and this means increased costs for your energy bill. Rather than allow your hard earn cash to blow away with the wind, it is a good idea to weatherproof your home. Check around the house for any small holes or gaps and seal them up so that your heat stays in your home instead of leaving. If you have older windows, adding some plastic can improve the efficiency of your home and keep your heating system from overworking itself. Weatherproofing materials are fairly cheap and will certain generate a return on investment.

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