14 Extreme Ways to Save for Your Rent to Own Option Deposit Part 2
Gym Memberships: Convict Conditioning
Hopefully, you have taken my advice and are (or will be) biking to work. There is a good portion of your exercise right there. If that’s not enough (it’s not for me), I would suggest Convict Conditioning.
Convict Conditioning is a program designed by an ex-convict named Paul Wade. While he was in jail, he would help his inmates get into the best shape of their lives through this bodyweight exercise program, which involves minimal equipment and minimal space. They needed to be able to do this in their jail cells.
Fun Extreme Budgeting Tips
This is the area that might get the most push back. These are extreme, fun—albeit less impactful—ways to save money, but they do work!
Let’s talk about saving on utilities:
Take military showers.
This is when you only use the water in your shower for functional purposes, to get yourself wet before you lather up and right after to rinse yourself off. For 90 percent of the time, your water is off and you are just washing.
In this same category is making sure you shut your water off while you are brushing your teeth, shaving, and performing all other idle sink-side activities.
Put a two-litre bottle in a toilet tank.
Get a two-litre bottle, put a few rocks in it, fill it with water, and place it in the back of your toilet tank. By doing this, your toilet will need less water to fill the tank, and therefore less water will be flushed. If a two-litre bottle is too big, try a one-litre bottle.
Hang clothes to dry.
This is self-explanatory. It’s no secret that your dryer uses a whole lot of utilities. I’d recommend getting clothes rack, and if it’s a nice day, hang dry your clothes. Depending on where you live, it may only take two or three hours to complete.
Unplug electronics when not in use.
When your electronics lie idly but are plugged in, they are still using electricity. If you aren’t using your TV, appliances, and other electronic devices, unplug them! You’ll save quite a bit of electricity this way.
Cut sponges in half.
Look at the size of most of the things that you wash. I would bet that in most cases you do not need the ENTIRE sponge. Why not cut them in half or even thirds to make them last two or three times as long?
Put a soap bowl next to the sink.
Now that your sponges are cut in half, I would bet that they can fit in a small bowl beside your sink. Fill that bowl with soap and water, and put the sponge in there. That way, you are saving water and saving soap all at the same time!
There it is—some extreme ways you can save to expedite the time towards your next investment. Again, some of these are silly and some are effective, but I do, have done, or know people who do all of these ideas. If it works for us, it can certainly work for you.