In times of rising living costs, every cent saved counts. So here’s 7 timely tips that could help you save on household overheads and the world at the same time. As the old saying goes: when you take care of the pennies, the pounds will take care of themselves. So remember, while you might only save cents at the start, they can add up to dollars –fast.
Tip 1: Run energy-hungry appliances at night
If your energy company provides off-peak rates, running appliances like your dishwasher or air conditioner overnight could save you a bunch. The cost of energy is typically lower in off-peak times and could help reduce the total of your energy bill
Tip 2: Sell your pre-loved goods
If you don’t feel the joy for your old things anymore why not Kondo them to a good home and earn some extra cash on the way? It’s easier than ever these days with online services such as Gumtree, eBay, Facebook Marketplace and apps like Poshmark and Depop.
Tip 3: Get that green thumb out
With fruit and veggie prices growing (lol) ever higher, it could pay to pull out your green
thumb and start growing your own. Whether you’ve got a backyard, balcony or window sill,
it’s amazing what you can reap with a pot, some seeds and a little love.
Tip 4: Make no-waste recipes
If the only thing left in your pantry is a bunch of random ingredients you’ve got no idea what
to do with, don’t despair. Jump onto a no-waste recipe generator like Supercook or Foodwise and you’ll be surprised by what you could whip up with what you’ve got.
Tip 5: Ask the kids to pay the bills
Instead of charging your older kids board, how about getting them to pay the power bill instead? That way they can see how much all their streaming, gaming and showers add up to. And hey, it might even get them thinking about what they could change to reduce it 😉
Tip 6. Get paid to recycle
It’s good for the world to recycle. And even better when you get paid for it! So why not check out the available return and earn schemes in your area? For example, with 10 cents back for every eligible container in participating states, the dollars could soon add up.
Tip 7. Get paid for paying your bills, too!
With ING, each month you’re eligible for ING Orange Everyday benefits, you could also get 1% cashback on eligible gas, electricity and water bills paid from your Orange Everyday – up to a total of $100 each financial year. Terms and Conditions apply. So check it out now.
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1% Utility Bill Cashback Offer for Orange Everyday Customers
Orange Everyday Benefits will apply for the next month when you meet the following eligibility criteria during the current month:
- deposit at least $1,000 from an external source to any personal ING account in your name (excluding Living Super and Orange One), and
- also make at least 5 card purchases that are settled (and not at a ‘pending status’) using your ING debit or credit card (excluding ATM withdrawals, balance enquiries, cash advances and EFTPOS cash out only transactions).
Orange Everyday customers who hold an ING Home Loan are automatically eligible for Orange Everyday Benefits, and are not required to meet this monthly criteria.
Each month that you’re eligible for the Orange Everyday Benefits, you’ll receive the following on your Orange Everyday accounts:
- 1% cashback on eligible utility bill payments (up to $100 per financial year);
- Unlimited rebates on the ING International Transaction Fee; and
- Rebates on ATM withdrawal fess for the first 5 fee incurring ATM withdrawals (excludes international ATM operator fees).
An eligible utility bill payment is a payment made by BPAY or direct debit (BSB and account number) or PayTo (when available) from your Orange Everyday account for a water, gas or electricity bill from an agreed supplier for the Australian residential address of the account holder.
Subject to these terms and conditions, ING may change or cancel these benefits at any time.
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