Household Expenses

Household Expenses - Everyone has a great idea about how to cut them.  In fact I bet you probably have two or three great ideas.

For purposes of our discussions, please include Utility Costs, Household Operations, Household Supplies, and Household Furnishings and Equipment.  These costs do not include shelter costs.

Here are the Housing Expenses from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Survey so you can see each category as the percentages of the total housing expenses.

Housing Expenses Percent of Housing Expenses
Utilities, fuels, and public services 51.41%
Natural gas  
Fuel oil and other fuels  
Telephone services  
Water and other public services  
Household operations 12.89%
Personal services  
Other household expenses  
Housekeeping supplies 10.10%
Laundry and cleaning supplies  
Other household products  
Postage and stationery  
Household furnishings and equipment 25.61%
Household textiles  
Floor coverings  
Major appliances  
Small appliances, miscellaneous housewares  
*** Total *** 100.00%

Here are some starter ideas.

Idea - How about adding vinegar to your cleaning supplies to make them go farther or just using vinegar and water for cleaning?

Idea - Windshield washer fluid can be purchased cheaply by the gallon.  It makes a great glass cleaner at a substantially lower price.

Idea - To remove black heel marks from floors, put on white soled tennis shoes and rub the black scuffs with the bottoms of the white tennis shoes.

As seniors, we have lived long enough to accumulate many ideas to cut home expenses.

Use the form below to tell us all about your best idea.  It is easy!  All you have to do is write about it in the box below and follow the instructions.  Feel free to enter multiple ideas.  Please enter only one idea per entry.

Tell us about your great idea on how to cut household expenses

We all have our pet ways to cut household expenses. Please don't keep yours a secret. Share your best ideas with us!

[ ? ]

Upload 1-4 Pictures or Graphics (optional)[ ? ]


Click here to upload more images (optional)

Author Information (optional)

To receive credit as the author, enter your information below.

(first or full name)

(e.g., City, State, Country)

Submit Your Contribution

  •  submission guidelines.

(You can preview and edit on the next page)

Other cost cutting ideas from other visitors

Click below to see what you can learn from other visitors to this page...

Dollar Tree Stores 
Amazing ,,,,,,,, everything really is a dollar $1 Look on Line,,, some of them ship washing machine soap, canned veggies 79 cents mouth wash tooth …

Dishwashing soap costs 
I bought some of that Dawn foamy dish washing soap about a month ago because my sister-in-law has it, and it is rather convenient. I thought I'd use it …

Clear Stopped Up Drains Not rated yet
One of the best ways to keep your drains clean is to purchase a Zip-It Drain Cleaning tool. Prices vary online, but Home Depot sells them for $2.48. Use …

drying clothes Not rated yet
One day I opened the lid of the washing machine after the cycle had completed. There was a sudden emergency and I had to run off and rescue my husband …

Housing Not rated yet
I bought parents house or give all the money for housing. Mom and dad lived off of minimum wage all their working life so why make them suffer in retirement? …

Click here to write your own.