From clipping coupons for 12 cents off a can of beans or driving an half-mile up the road to save 2 cents per gallon gasoline, some might call such tactics absurd. But any budget conscious person knows that it’s the little changes that really add up.
Saving money here and there wherever we can means that when the time comes for a larger purchase, we can swing it.
One out of five homes in the U.S. will be burglarized and a burglary occurs once every 10 seconds. It’s better to avoid being the victim of a break-in altogether, than deal with the consequences and loss later. Have a look at what you can do to keep your home safe, what you should spend on, and what you should save on.
• Home Security: One of the most necessary expenses of staying safe is a home security system. After you pay for installation and start up, the annual fee will likely be offset by your insurance discount. A home with a security system is less likely to be broken into than a home without. Your valuables will stay safe and you won’t lose money on stolen goods!
• Checking In On The Go: Paying money for access to a mobile app will allow you to stay up on the safety on your home with your smartphone from anywhere. You can arm and disarm your system, check to be sure that all doors and windows are closed, check cameras, change lights and even change thermostats to regulate the temperature of your home. Doing these tasks on the go means that your house is always monitored, and you can save money on electric, heating and cooling.
• 2nd Story Windows: If your home does not have easy access to second story windows, you may not need to spend the money on having sensors placed on every upstairs window. Just be sure that any outdoor ladders are properly stored so that burglars won’t have access to them and obstruct any parts of your home that might allow for climbing.
• Deals and Promotions: If you buy at the right time, you can usually score a great deal on anything, home security systems included. Do your research and find out when will be the best time to make your purchase. Most providers run promotions several times a year and especially during or after the first of the year and other major U.S. holidays. Check often to keep track of the next chance to save.
Saving here and there means you’ll know how to make your dollars stretch, and you can spend on what really counts!
written by: Nan Gibbons
Nan is a fitness expert and marketer who loves traveling the world to advise at sporting events. When she’s stateside, she enjoys spending time volunteering at environmental organizations and spending time with her lab mix, Cody.
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