By now, everyone knows lots of tricks for saving money around the house:
- Seal those doors and windows
- Fix those leaky faucets
- Turn off those unused lights
- Stop heating and cooling empty rooms
It is a tried and true list that makes a lot of sense. But nothing on that list is free or automatic. As humans, we are sometimes going to forget to turn out the light when we are no longer using it. We are going to overheat or over cool rooms. And we all run a lot more water than we actually need.
Dealing with these issues on a long-term basis usually requires us to spend a little money. For instance. Buying low-flow showerheads and faucets will cut down on water. Buying motion sensors for the lights will ensure that lights are off when not in use. And a smart thermostat will save a ton on unnecessary heating and cooling.
In the same way that you have to spend money to make money, you have to spend money to save money. This is especially true for products and services around the house. Here are just a few examples:
For the most part, pest control companies don’t have to work that hard to convince you that from time to time, you will need their services. That is because some members of the family will always be afraid of or allergic to certain types of pests.
What they could do a better job explaining is that their expertise can save you a ton of money in home repairs, equity, and resale value. The equity you gain from that deck is lost with insect damage. And the resale value of your home plummets when the inspector uncovers evidence of termite damage.
Keeping pests under control can also cut down on medical bills. Some pests carry disease. For some, a simple bee sting is deadly. Even if insurance pays for the doctor’s visit and medication, you are on the hook for the time off work. Professional pest control can save you money on two fronts.
Fast and Reliable Internet
When you skimp on slow and unreliable internet service, you are not actually saving money. It is costing you somewhere. That is because everything we do these days depends on the internet in some way.
You can’t fill out a job application without the internet. You need to be able to send attachments like a CV and resume, along with samples of your work in some cases. Without the internet, you simply could not apply. The connection needs to be reliable because you would lose everything if it were to crash in the middle of your effort.
There are also some government programs that require the internet. If you are a vet, your VA caseworker might be one of those people who responds to email and text, but not so much to phone calls.
If your connection to the internet is slow, you are going to have a hard time watching internet video and television. That means you will need an additional service to get the programming you want.
But with fast broadband, you can get all the TV and movies you want from services that might cost you only $20 to $30 combined as opposed to $70 or more. That is savings you can appreciate.
You might be lucky enough to live in one of those places where you don’t have to do more than run the lawn mower once every two weeks for 4 months out of the year.
However, if you are not so lucky, lawn maintenance can be a real challenge. Part of that challenge is keeping the grass healthy while keeping the poison ivy dead.
If you have special features like a stone walk, a zen garden, and such, those things can be taken over by rogue grass and weeds that defy your best efforts. By having a person take care of the lawn on a regular basis, you save the value and beauty you are pouring into your lawn.
When it comes to services like pest control, broadband, and lawn care, spending a little money now is the best way to save a lot of it later.