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Things You Are Saving But Should Get Rid Of

Posted on Monday, August 8th, 2016 at 7:00 am
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There are some things that people have a tendency to save when they really should just get rid of them.One way to save money is to hold onto things that you aren’t currently using but might have a need for in the future. Doing so could prevent you from spending money to replace something you threw out, donated, or sold. There are probably some things you are saving but should get rid of. It isn’t worth hanging onto.

4 Things You Should Throw Away

Old Makeup
One reason why people keep old makeup is because it was expensive. They feel guilty about spending good money on it, and this stops them from throwing it away. Or, the makeup container still has plenty in it and they think they can still use what is left.

Keep in mind that makeup has an expiration date. Bacteria can build up in mascara, liquid foundation, and other types of makeup. Using old makeup can make you sick. Throw it out!

Clothing You Don’t Wear
Is your closet crammed full if clothes that you haven’t worn in a long time? This can happen when your lifestyle changes. Office wear isn’t really necessary for stay at home parents. Some people hold on to clothing that has gotten too small just in case they lose enough weight to wear it again.

The result is a closet that is filled with clothing but leaves you with nothing to wear. Donate the clothing that is in good shape. It is time to let someone else make use of it. The more clothing you get rid of – the more room you will have for new clothes that fit both your body and your lifestyle.

Expired Medication
The Food and Drug Administration points out that taking expired medications can be risky. When medications expire, they might become ineffective and may be harmful to your health. The package should have an expiration date on it.

The FDA recommends that you mix expired medications in with gross things like kitty litter, dirt, or used coffee grounds. Put that mess into a sealed plastic bag and throw it in your household trash. This will deter people from using the expired medication. Make sure to scratch out the personal information that is on a prescription label.

Plastic Shopping Bags
Those who live in an area that doesn’t have a plastic bag ban can quickly end up with more plastic bags than they can reasonably use up. Most recycling programs will not take plastic bags (which can contaminate the rest of the recyclables).

The easiest way to get rid of extra plastic bags is to bring them back to the store on your next grocery shopping trip. There should be a container or bin near the door that is set aside specifically for people to put extra plastic bags into.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.