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Inflation-Fighting Tips You Can Bank On:
Depending on your circumstances, inflation's effect on prices may or may not be affecting you. For example, if you're working remotely (or driving an electric vehicle!), you won't need to worry about higher gasoline prices. No matter what your situation, here are some tips to consider that will help keep you comfortably in the black.
1. Reduce discretionary, non-essential spending. If you're able to postpone weekend travel and skip a few drive-through meals, these savings will make a big difference...even if you only reduce your monthly spend by 5%.
2. Identify online subscriptions and cancel those you aren't using. You may be surprised to discover how many unwatched, unwanted television channels, memberships, and online games you're paying for every month.
3. Renegotiate your monthly cable, streaming and cell phone bills. While these calls can be time-consuming, any savings will be well worth it. Even some iPhone and Android apps will offer a discount if you attempt to cancel them.
Turn a Spare Bedroom into an Office with A Foldaway Bed:
Fans of vintage movies have probably spotted a foldaway Murphy bed within an apartment or hotel room. Also known as wall beds, Murphy beds are still in production, with plenty of sizes and designs available. They can do more than save space. For example, a guest bedroom with a Murphy bed can be twice as useful, as they can morph into a home office on weekdays. The Murphy bed was invented around 1900 by William Murphy, a young man with a crush on an opera singer. Since Gilded Age customs prohibited a woman from entering a gentleman's bedroom, Murphy created a method of storing his bed in a closet, transforming his studio apartment into a parlor. Later, he patented his invention and began selling "In-A-Dor" beds.
Three Energy-Efficient Fixes Under $100:
When you invest in your home to lower your bills, every penny saved is yours to keep. Here are some simple, affordable ways to save.
1. Make sure your home's using LED light bulbs. They're 90% more efficient than incandescent bulbs. Also, EPA data shows that a typical household can save around $225 annually by going all LED.
2. Seal gaps around door frames and windows with caulking or insulation strips. You could be losing up to 30% of your home's heating or cooling through these gaps while your energy bills take monthly hits.
3. If you hear your toilet running 24/7, it may be losing up to 180 gallons of water every week through a leaky flapper valve. Replacing the valve usually costs less than $10.
Some Bright Ideas for Improving Your Home's Lighting:
Your home is your place to relax, work, entertain and have fun. If you find any of these activities difficult, you may need to consider updating your home's lighting. Here are some luminous tips. Almost every room will benefit from less intense lighting, as bright lights make some people uncomfortable. Consider installing dimmer light switches in one or more rooms – especially those that need occasional bright light for hobbies or reading. Natural sunlight can transform a room with its healing powers, increasing energy levels and improving moods. If trees or adjacent homes are shading your home, consider installing a tubular skylight or "sun tunnel". Total costs can be as low as $1,000 – even less if you install it yourself. Another way to improve an area's mood is to adjust a room's colors. Blue light helps speed relaxation while green light improves sleep quality and may even help reduce the severity of migraine headaches. Repainting a room in a light blue or green shade can transform it into your personal sanctuary, although you can go for a faster fix by replacing light bulbs or changing lamp shades' colors.