What one thing could you do to save $50, $500, $5000 a year?
I've been thinking about the range of choices for saving money that most of us had. It dawned on me recently that I had some unused CFL bulbs in a drawer since I could only find them in a 4 pack when I needed to replace one. Two were just sitting there so I found two lamps that are on a lot and installed them. Small change (literally and figuratively) but I had already bought them so why not although it will only save a few dollars a year although more environmentally sound. That got me thinking about more small money saving changes and I admit I haven't come up with any yet other than being more conscious of our energy and water use.
I did waste spend some time browsing the internet for ideas and reading about people's no-spend years or months (really only buying essentials years and months but that is not as catchy is it?). The ideas I saw listed for smaller savings were nothing new although certainly we don't do all of them. Only buying essentials for 6 months or a year would have an impact but still not that large in our budget. The mid range or big changes we would have to make to save significantly more money? Sell our house and buy or rent one much less expensive. Don't hire any help with heavy yard work. Drop life insurance. Stop traveling to visit family. Never eat out. Be a one car family. Drop cable, internet and landline. Make no donations. Give no gifts. We aren't planning to take any of those steps but they are options.
I am curious though what you have done or consider doing to save $50, $500 or $5000 a year?