Monthly Archives: March 2017

Using a Portable Charger to Save Money

I purchased a portable charger battery off of Amazon recently.  The reason for my purchase was to have a back up charger for my smartphone when travelling, playing golf or on a day of hiking. It has also proved handy during a power outage we recently had. Then it dawned on me that I can use this battery to save money and here is how.

Using a Portable Charger to Save Money

What do people who power their house with solar energy do? They charge batteries during the day to build power banks for later use. The same thing can be done with portable chargers and I have been doing this.

I live in an area that has time of use energy charges. The on peak hour rate is quite high compared to the off peak hourly rate.  Why charge my electronics during this high rate time if I don’t have to. Game controllers, tablets and phones all require daily or charging every other day.

I charge my portable charger in a few ways. I charge it over night when the rates are lower, I take it to work with me and charge it during the day or I charge it with my car when I am driving. I don’t feel bad about charging it at work because I do use it for charging work related electronics when working remotely or on the road.

Either way I charge the battery as cheap as possible and then use it to recharge my gadgets when they require it during the expensive hours. I realize this is not a major savings and that you have to buy the charger. Every bit counts and you can get a pretty inexpensive power bank on Amazon.

This is one that I am currently using to charge my electronics and gadgets. It’s small enough to pack away for travelling and it easily holds enough charge to keep you up and running and it’s pretty inexpensive.

Anker PowerCore+ mini, 3350mAh Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger

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Easy Ways to Save Money Every Day

Easy Ways to Save Money Every Day
Everybody wants to be able to save even a little bit of money every day. If you can save a little bit of money every day you should be able to put something nice away by the end of the month. Think about small victories. A few bucks a day can add up at the end of the week or the end of the month. Here are some easy ways to save money every day.

1. Plan  your meals and do a shopping list. If you can put a meal plan together you can then shop and shop wisely for your groceries that you need. It will also stop you from eating out at restaurants or fast food places.

2. Make your own coffee at home. Stop paying crazy prices for a copy of coffee. This is the easiest way to save a few bucks a day. I bring my own tea bags to work and use the milk that is provided. You can also buy those double walled steel mugs that will keep your coffee warm for hours.

3. Learn how to DIY. There are tons of videos online that show you how to do tasks yourself around the house instead of calling a handyman. We don’t recommend that you get in over your head doing things like electrical work or major products. As an example I had a lawnmower that wouldn’t start. I found some videos that walked me through changing the oil and spark plugs, basically giving it a tune up. Saved the cost of taking it to a small engine place.

4. Worry about yourself not others. I have a friend that loves to buy new gadgets and top of the line products. Let him. I don’t need to keep up with him. Worry about myself. A bonus is that I get his leftovers anyways when he moves onto something new.

5. Use free apps and computer programs to track your spending and saving and track your progress. Once you start to see some benefits of your saving you should get inspired to keep things on track.

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