Sometimes, all this thrifty stuff, frugality, and general tightwaddery (probably not a real word) can wear on you. Sometimes, you think, “Hey, can the 75 cents I save on electricity by air drying my laundry really help?” If you think about it that way, it’s hard to justify. For example, if you run 4 loads of laundry a week, that’s 3.00 a week, or $156 a year. Unless you’re living really close to your income limit, $156 over a whole year seems like a lot of trouble. But, for the sake of argument, let’s do a little calculation:
Let’s say you do stop using the dryer. That will come up to $156 dollars a year.
But then let’s say you discover that making your coffee at home saves you about $6 a week. Then you discover that if you just cut off your entertainment center when you’re not using it that it saves another $1 per week. Now we’re up to a total savings of $520 a year.
What if you were to find a new tip that saved a measly dollar per week, each week over the course of a year. That would be $52 a year, 52 times, which comes out to 52 x 52 = $2704.
Whoa. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a vacation to me, or a home improvement, or possibly some extra mortgage payments to help get us out the rat race. All with one small lifestyle change per week. Not to shabby, don’t you think?