Keeping your home clean and your expenses low is a hefty task. It can be harder if you have a large home or family to take care of on top of working. 

How to Maintain Your Home on a Budget

How to Maintain Your Home on a Budget

Keeping costs low in your house sometimes requires a little bit of planning, care, and prep work. To help, below are some ways that you can help your wallet while still keeping a happy and tidy home! 

Choose Homeowners Insurance Wisely 

Getting the right homeowners insurance is the key to saving money and having a safe home. If any damage to your house occurs for any reason, you want to have the peace of mind that your insurance policy will cover your repairs. 

When you find the best possible budget-friendly home insurance, you will be able to save costs, helping the wallet, and without losing any valuable coverage that you need. 

Maintain a Budget by Buying Generic Cleaning Supplies

This might sound obvious, but it isn’t always. One of the best ways to save money while keeping a clean and tidy home is by saving a little bit on each product you buy.  When you stick to the store brand options, you can get the same products and chemicals you need to clean and sanitize but only spend half the money on them. 

You’ll often find that store-brand products are just as good as the most expensive alternatives.

Get Creative When Maintaining a Budget

One way to get creative with your cleaning is to use a Swiffer-type mop with a reusable washcloth. You can add any detergent to the washcloth and then use it with the mop. This is great for your wallet because it’s cheap. It can also be good for the environment, too, because the washcloths are reusable. 

Another creative move would be to use a coffee filter as a duster. This is a cheap alternative to a duster and works better because it won’t create a static charge on your surfaces. If a static charge did form on your surface, it would attract dust, making your job more difficult. 

Minimize Appliance Use To Lower Bills

Minimizing your use of appliances can also help lower your utility bills every month. Some good ways to reduce the cost of your utility bills include: 

  • Take colder, shorter showers.
  • Minimize the time you use a dishwasher per week.
  • Use the washer and dryer on the same day as those you live with. This conserves the heat energy used for each load.
  • Turn off the lights when you aren’t using them.
  • Turn the air off during the day when you aren’t home.

These are not foolproof, but they can certainly help reduce a house’s electricity cost. 

Final Thoughts

Maintaining a home on a budget is challenging because there are so many expenses to manage. Keep up with the other tips above, and your home and your wallet will both be happy!

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About the Author: Patricia Davis Brown

Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design. Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and talent offering design tips.