60 minute switches to save $

Here are some great ways to make the most of every hour in the day and save money at the same time!

Cupboard clean 
Clear out everything that didn’t serve a purpose this Summer. For example that tea towel your mum gave you before you started Uni, that dodgy cut off T-shirt with a Sangria stain on it and your touch footie third place medal from four years ago. Throw them out and then go through your stuff and see if there’s anything worth selling at a local market day. Online buying-and-selling platforms such as Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree are also great tools to turn your unwanted goods into cash.

Pantry refresh 
Sounds boring but research from ING Direct found that Aussies spend $8.3 billion on work lunches each year. If you save more cash to do fun stuff you actually care about then why not use an hour on your Sunday to clear out the cupboard? Create a meal using basic essentials that have been filling your pantry to prep for the week ahead! We know you have better things to do but just think of the extra $…

Hate cleaning?! Just get your flatmate to do it! 

Become a ‘book nerd’ 
Have you heard about ‘The Book Fairies’ – a global group of book lovers, including actress Emma Watson, who are giving books another lease of life by leaving them in public places for people to find and read, before encouraging them to do the same? Books a cool again doncha know. Not only is this a simple way to save money on buying books, magazines and newspapers, most libraries are free of charge and allow you to borrow numerous books at once.

Sorry … my book club is totes full until 2025

Eco-Home Switches
Spend 60 minutes making simple switches in your home to render it more eco-friendly and lower down power bills. Swap traditional light bulbs with LED or CFL lights, and fix leaking taps. Alternatively, visit a sustainable home builder (or your Mum or Dad) to get advice on ways to make your home more economical.

Sunday Potluck Dinner 
Invite your close friends, family or even neighbours over for a ‘bring-a-dish’ dinner this Sunday. Catch up over yummy food and drinks while side-stepping expensive restaurant bills. Commit to making this a more regular event and not only it will help you to save money, it will allow you to save time on preparing food.

Mmmm potluck dinner … soooo much better than a $20 pub roast 

Plant Cooking Herbs
Chilli’s, basil, coriander and chives – while they may be your friend in the kitchen, they might not be on your hip-pocket. If you’re a fan of using herbs and spices in your cooking, try potting your go-to cooking plants at home to help reduce the amount spent buying these at the supermarket. You can even use your old candle jars as plant pots. How far are you willing to go?!

Plan Ahead
Sixty minutes is all you need to gather your receipts to save you time (and money) when it comes to tax return a few months down the track. The trick is to bring all receipts in the one place that will be easy for you to remember.


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