How Cleaning Out the Clutter Can Save Money

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by Candice Cerro, Consumer Expert

azfamily.com

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 7 at 1:12 PM

How Cleaning Out the Clutter Can Save Money

Clean or replace the AC filter: The Energy Department states that a dirty air conditioner filter can make it suck up 5-15% more electricity than a clean one. Depending on your unit, that could average a savings of about $20 per month in a medium-sized space.

Sell your unwanted clothes:  According to a survey by www.PromotionalCodes.com, 6.4 million people are holding on to an item in their closet because it was very expensive. If you haven’t worn it in more than 6 months, it’s probably time to get rid of it. We found a great service called www.thredUP.com that we love – basically they buy women’s, juniors, kids and maternity pieces that are in like-new condition. You just order a thredUP Clean Out Bag and fill it with your clothes; you can get a free estimate on your payout amount in advance; ship with a pre-paid label, and they’ll pay you as much as 80% of the resale value. When you’re through cleaning out your closet you can shop on thredUP for great quality clothing up to 90% off retail. A complete closet refresh on a budget!

Host a yard sale or a clothing swap: Have a bunch of stuff in the garage that’s just taking up room? Host a yard sale! Spring is one of the best times to do this, and you can make it even better by combining forces with your neighbors. You share the work and any associated advertising costs; plus a bigger sale is likely to draw in even more customers!  If you only have clothes to get rid of and are looking for some new additions to your wardrobe, have a clothing swap with friends! Over drinks and appetizers, everyone can lay out their clothes and do an exchange. The only rule is that you have to bring items to be able to take items.

Look in your cupboards for cleaning supplies: Pinterest is a great place to start for inspiration here, but basically, you can find just about everything you need to clean your house in our own cupboards. Some basics like baking soda, vinegar and water can work as sanitizers; or turn old t-shirts you don’t wear anymore into cleaning rags – this will save you costs on paper towels.   

Make your fridge more efficient: you might need a buddy to help you with this one, and even though it sounds like it could be more trouble than it’s worth, vacuuming your refrigerator coils is another energy-efficient tip that can save you money. Keeping the coils clean saves you about 6% of your fridge’s electric bill. Simply pull your fridge away from the wall and unplug it; find the coils and the dust; use a vacuum cleaner to remove dust; then plug in and move the fridge back to its original place. 

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