Trying to save time and money around the house, what are some counter-intuitive (or not easily grasped, or just obscure) things I should or should not be doing?
I am completely sure there are aspects to saving time and money around the house which I (and my girlfriend) have Totally Wrong Ideas about. We've started buying in bulk
for instance, but that made sense right off the bat. Except when I started looking deeper into pricing, it turns out that a lot of bulk items -- dish soap, napkins, toilet paper, paper towels -- isn't always less (and oftentimes more) expensive than buying it at the store. So buying in bulk will not always guarantee money saved. I mean, yeah, no shit
, but it still took me some time to realize that.
What are some things that don't immediately give you that sense of "ah HA!" but end up paying off in the long run. I'm basically looking for the housekeeping equivalent of purchasing a $300 pair of boots to last for ten years rather than a $50 pair of boots to last one year.
Feel free to ask me questions because I don't think I've explained myself very well.
(Also, if it matters, we live an inherited co-op apartment in Brooklyn and do not own a car or plan to own a car.)