Friday, August 6, 2010

Debi's Daily Dollar Idea

I'm toying with the idea of creating a new blog about ways to save money everyday.  This would include couponing, thrifty finds, ways to cut back on electricity, anything that keeps the green in the wallet and the red out of the checkbook.  My plan is to do the research and both save myself money, and pass along my info so as many as possible can benefit from saving as well.  Sometimes these savings ideas will be coupled with a challenge

So, here's my first Debi's Dollar Idea:

8/6/10  Hang up freshly washed laundry instead of using the dryer.  For the next week don't use the dryer, and keep track of how many loads you didn't spend that electricity on.  If you have access to a clothesline, use it!  Take advantage of the free drying power of the sun.  Or, hang items inside your home.  I frequently put wet clothes on hangers and line them up on the shower rod, from cupboard handles or doorways.  Large, heavy items such as towels, blankets and jeans often find themselves hanging over the fence.  Your neighbors, or even your own family may think you've lost your marbles.  But if you can save yourself a few bucks, who cares?

I'll be checking with my electric company to see just how much I'm saving per dryer load I'm NOT using.  Perhaps an extra challenge would be to use the money saved from not using the dryer to help pay down a credit card, or to add to an existing savings account.


holly said...

I would love to come here and read your ideas. I am even going to TRY to hang all my clothes out this week. I could probably save a ton not using a dryer as many loads as I do! I guess it's time to take advantage of no rain. I look forward to seeing all your ideas. Thanks for sharing!

debsdialogues said...

Hanging clothes out to dry on the clothesline is actually one of my favorite household chores. I guess it's because it takes me outside and I get a little vitamin D! I've also found that by hanging the t-shirts by the bottom the wind doss a great job of ironing them. They always seemed to come out of the dryer wrinkle. So it's like the sun is an automatic dryer and ironer!

Withawhy said...

This is a great idea...I'll be more dryer conscious...can't wait to read about your next dollar saving idea!

Julie Porter said...

LOVE IT!! I think I am going to go hang a clothes line in my back yard:).

Jennifer F said...

I love the smell of laundry hung to dry in the house. The scent stays longer in your clothing! I often have people say "you smell really good" and it's just my clothes. :)

As a side bonus note - clothes not thrown in the drier will hold up and last longer - no "pilling".

Thanks Debi - look forward to more from you

Anonymous said...

I love this blog! Of course, I love everything you write. Thank you for reminding us to be more aware of our use of electricity. I have been pretty good at turning more things off! I love your blog idea and being able to see your savings at the store. I am very proud and impressed! You rock!