Frugal Homeowner: Saving Money With These Home Buying Tips

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In the digital age, the internet provides us with some fantastic information, and better yet, from devices that can fit in our pockets. As a homeowner, this can come in handy, as researching solutions for our problems such as legal inquiries, property value, and style inspiration are only a click away.

Furthermore, it can be used to save us money. How we hear you ask? Through these simple yet effective home hacks that can help you trim the pennies and save the dollars from your monthly bill.

Do It Yourself!

DIY has experienced a resurgence thanks to the internet, with more and more people realizing that the home fixes they desire might not need to be undertaken by the hands of a professional. Sometimes, just equipping yourself with the right tools and knowledge can save you hundreds of dollars in call out charges. It’s best to see online how you can make use of this. Hundreds of thousands of home repair guides are only a click away, and they might just help you reinforce your repairs to stop them occurring so frequently in the future.

Research Home Hacks

Home hacks are an incredible way to save money. Ever thought about making your own detergent? Online, you can find a way. Thought about purchasing a new table? Online, you’ll find out how to simply craft your own with hand tools. If you’re really focused, you can save thousands of dollars in your shopping and furnishing bills alone by viewing guides and figuring out where to cut the costs.

Buy In Bulk

If you have ample storage, be that a freezer or food cupboard, you’ll be able to buy in bulk and save money. Purchasing non-perishable goods or meat in large quantities can usually afford you huge discounts, and stock you well for the coming months. This also allows you to cut down on your shopping trips, will also include the expenditure of travel costs and impulse buys that you don’t really need.

Use Voucher Sites

You needn’t scour the newspaper for the best voucher deals and sales anymore. Websites like DontPayFull.com allow you to indexed search for your favorite brands and get the discounts from their goods you deserve. With such a prevalence in online discounting, you’d be silly to pay full price to run your household.

Get Memberships

Paid memberships to saving clubs can often direct you to the best places to save money. The best part here is that because the discounts are only offered to a select group of individuals, you can be certain you’re among the first to use them. This will allow you to keep on top of any upcoming promotions, and share them with the community.

Some other great tips include buying items second hand, utilizing hand-me-downs from older to younger siblings, and carpooling with a friend to work to save on your petrol bills. There are always ways to stretch your money further, you just need to be certain – are you looking in the right places?

Turning Your Garden Into A Little Patch Of Privacy

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If there is one thing a garden is, that thing is a secluded sanctuary. A garden is our little slice of the great outdoors, our little piece of fresh air, wonder beauty and adoration, and it is our little patch of privacy. We don’t want people being able to peer in or over, we want our gardens to feel like they are just ours.

By getting a little creative, though, it isn’t hard to make an attractive boundary that encircles your precious outdoor space. And here are some ways you can get creative no matter what your needs are:

 

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The Great (Gorgeous) Wall

High walls are a great way to create some privacy, and going down the tight timber route will give you that extra edge; both modern and natural. A great way to add an extra little edge to this is to inlay some decorative tiles or have a strip of copper while incorporating some bamboo shoots and lollipop trees to add textures and colours that compliment each other. If you want to make it more of a feature wall, then why not hang some frames. If you are worried that your new wall makes your outside place a little, well, small, mirrors can offset that without any trouble.

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Really Pack The Plants In

If you want to create that private paradise while also having a garden that oozes with beauty, then your best bet is to really pack the plants in and use them as an all natural screen. If you have a big garden, then it could be trees that take your fancy, a mix of dutch elms and oaks would look amazing. Just beware that they are susceptible to disease, so ask those with decades of experience like arboristusa.com/tree-disease how you can prevent this. If you have a small city-sized garden, then try teaming elephant’s ears with the Japanese maple and bamboo shoots. The colours will make it even more of a paradise.

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Go Versatile With A Pseudo-Indoors

Getting yourself a garden room or summer house or gazebo, or whatever you want to call it, is a great way to create a little bit more privacy, while also adding a new focal point to your outside. Yes, your privacy has been taken inside, but you will also have a secluded area in front of your new structure that can enjoy without worry, one that will add to your party friendly garden. It will also give you a little hideaway to run off too when it all gets a bit much. If you wanted to take the privacy thing one step further, you could surround either side of it with living curtains; tall, airy and almost see-through plants that break away from traditional hedges. You could even have a garden on the roof of your summer house to stop those around you from peering in at your fun and relaxation.

Go Down As Well As Up

Too many people think you have to grow tall plants or add high walls in order to achieve the private sanctuary they want to achieve. But it isn’t. You could always dig down too. Sunken gardens were all the rage among those romantic Edwardians and if you have a well-drained soil and a high water table, well, it could bring a little romance to your garden too. As this article by gardensillustrated.com explains, it is all about the planning. Put in raised plant beds to compliment this too and just add that extra bit of scent and seclusion. Just don’t go with any plants that grow too thick, not without know where the sun comes from first.

 

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Sacrifice Style No More: 3 Designs that Mate Form and Function

Designs of the 21st century have made it possible to live in an aesthetically beautiful space while simultaneously doing our part for the environment. It wasn’t that long ago when living an environmentally friendly lifestyle meant foregoing style and taste. Big, bulky rooftop solar panels matched with a turf front lawn in an effort to save on energy and water would make even the most well-designed house the neighborhood eyesore. But that’s not how design is done anymore.

It’s a commonly held belief that eco-friendly design is unattractive. “Conventional wisdom portrays green as not just occasionally but inevitably unattractive, as if beauty and sustainability were incompatible,” writes architect Lance Hosey. The truth of the matter is, “aesthetic attraction is not a superficial concern—it’s an environmental imperative. Beauty could save the planet.” Designers have recognized that in order to create a functional, eco-friendly design that would sell in a buyer’s market, they needed to make it as aesthetically alluring as it was environmentally friendly.

Here are three designs that have mated form and function to create a perfect blend of style and green performance.

Use Multi-Storage Furniture Pieces

How many of your current furniture pieces double as additional storage spaces? One? Two? None? One way to cut down on buying more storage bins, shoe racks and having to eventually rent a storage unit is by investing in furniture pieces that double as storage space. Consider the coffee table. Instead of purchasing a coffee table with a simple surface and four legs, invest in a table with drawers and locking wheels. You can tuck books, magazines and remotes into the drawers and easily move the coffee table around during the weekly vacuuming.

Use Ceiling Fans to Double as a Cooling and Lighting Agent

According to the Energy Department, air conditioners make up for close to 6 percent of the electricity used in the United States. Not only that, but cost of running said air conditioners costs Americans an average of $29 billion a year. As if that weren’t enough, about 117 million metric tons of carbon dioxide are released into the air of year as a direct result of air conditioning usage.

In effect, air conditioners are hurting our environment. To combat climate change but remain comfortable in your home during the summer, replace some of your overhead light fixtures with ceiling fans with lights. Living Direct reports that using a ceiling fan and keeping your AC at 78 degrees can trim electricity bills by as much as eight percent! And if you’re thinking ceiling fans are an eyesore, think again. Retailers like Lumens specialize in selling ceiling fans with lights that are expertly designed in the modern aesthetic. With straight-edged blades available in a variety of finishes and green energy light bulbs, ceiling fans with lights are a triple threat: they’re sculptural, functional and environmentally friendly.

Buy Greenguard Certified Furniture

When you purchase a piece of furniture and bring it into your home, it’s doing more than sitting in a corner looking pretty. Your furniture is off-gassing: discharging substances in the air that you are then breathing in. TreeHugger notes that this is not in itself a bad thing unless your furniture is made with synthetic materials and then treated with synthetic substances—this synthetic cocktail results in off-gassing toxic chemicals that you and your family are breathing in every day.

To avoid buying furniture pieces that will pollute your home, look for its Greenguard certification. A Greenguard certified furniture piece will have low chemical off-gassing and keep you and your family sitting comfortably and breathing peacefully. Furniture brands that specialize in selling Greenguard certified furniture include Knoll and Herman Miller; the best in modern design.

Equipped with the knowledge on how to green your home without compromising style, go forth and conquer the design space!

Fixing Your Household to be More Energy Efficient

Energy efficiency is something that is often mentioned in media. It is especially important for homeowners and people who are growing agricultural plants. This shouldn’t be too surprising given the recent trends and the fact that natural resources are becoming scarce.

But the lack of natural resources is not the only reason why people are turning to these solutions. Constantly increasing energy prices are slowly starting to affect homeowners and producers in some case even reducing their ability to do business.

This is why you need to switch to energy efficient solutions and become environmentally responsible while saving money at the same time.

1. Conserving water

If you are growing fruits and vegetables on your property you know how important water is.

In a normal situation, plants will be watered by rain. Unfortunately, sometimes there will be draught or there won’t be enough rainy days. When such situation occurs, you need to take matters into your own hands.

Watering big surface can be costly. This is why you need to rely on stormwater pits and water barrels. Both these solutions are great for storing water and making it easily accessible.

Unlike some other system that filter and distribute water straight to your home, these two methods are primarily used for watering plants and other manual work around a property. There are some professional products which can help you with your water conservation. This is an amazing way to save money relying solely on rainwater.

2. Solar panels

Everybody likes solar panels. Although there are a bit expensive, they are definitely the future.

You can install them either on the roof or in your backyard; it doesn’t really matter as long as sunrays fall directly onto them. For smaller homes, several of them will be enough to power everything. If you’re doing agriculture, you will need more than that. Any way you look at it, they will pay for themselves shortly after.

3. Windmill

Windmills were really popular several centuries ago. Nowadays, they are usually used on local or country level as a way of harvesting wind. But you can also use one in your backyard.

Basically, there are electric windmills that can do wonders for you. The construction can be quite steep but they are an enormous solution for windy areas. This is especially true if that same area doesn’t get enough sunlight during the year and it is a much better option relying on this type of energy generation.

4. Fertilizer

Now, fertilizers are not really energy (unless you regard them as energy for plants). Nevertheless, we are investing so much in chemicals and finished products instead of relying on stuff we can produce ourselves.

You can create a separate area within your backyard where you can dispose of all organic matter. Just leave it be for a while and you will get incredible fertilizer which can later on be used for your plants. Here’s a nice article with fertilizing tips for beginners which will be quite helpful to you.

Conclusion

Energy efficiency is no longer some strange term being used by visionaries. It is a commonplace and good way to manage your household. In fact, doing anything else would be ludicrous and expensive.

So, better check all these tips and think about ways how to improve your household. Some of these solutions may be a great fit for you.

Do your generate electricity yourself? Share it in the comment section below!

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