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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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Frugal Halloween Ideas

While out at a few stores over the weekend I was very aware of how costly Halloween can be if you want to decorate your house, get your kids costumes and hand out candy. But it doesn’t have to be expensive here are some frugal Halloween ideas to get you into the spirit.

1. Have a scary horror movie marathon with your friends or family. This one can be incredibly inexpensive especially if you plan it on a night where a movie marathon is being shown on tv. This time if year there is always a channel showing a marathon of slasher or zombie movies.

2. Find haunted house or spots in your area like a cemetery and go on a tour. It will take  you no time at all to find local haunted or scary places on the internet. Plan a little route and take the family on a haunted tour.

3. Make your own costumes instead of buying or renting commercial costumes. I did this all time when going to Halloween parties. Find some old clothes around the house and make up your own costume such as a farmer, hobo, maid or any other common worker type. Add some make up from around the house and zombify your costume.

4. Make your own Halloween snacks instead of buying expensive store bought candies. You can make things like candy apples pretty cheap when compared to buying candy from stores.

5. Make your own decorations. There are lots of ideas online on how to make your own decorations which can be way cheaper than buying from a store. Remember, your local dollar store probably has most of the items you will need to make cheap Halloween decorations.

Halloween like any other holiday doesn’t have to be expensive. It just takes a little planning  and researching and you can do it on the cheap and start saving money.

halloween photo

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