@Aquaria: unless you plan on unplugging the TV also, you won’t really save any money on electricity because electronics still pull the same amount of current even when off. The best thing you can do for that is to just unplug stuff when you aren’t using it, like the toaster, hairdryer, lamps, phone/PC chargers, etc.
We are under contract right now to buy our first home, and here are some ways we are saving/earning money:
-As we begin packing, I am listing things we don’t use or need at our new house onto craigslist. These are substantial things like our area rug, floor lamps (no overhead lighting in our current apartment), a steam cleaner, and kitchen things we don’t use.
-I plan to set aside small items/clothing that we don’t want/need and my neighbor and I are going to have a joint yard sale.
-We plan our dinners, and eat on a budget and try to incorporate things we already have in the pantry. (last night we cooked some white rice we already had and microwaved a large can of beef stew…our dinner probably cost us $3)
-We’ve both been dieting for the wedding for a while, so we don’t spend unnecessary money on sodas because we drink water all the time.
-We stay in more on the weekends…haven’t really had much of a choice on that because we are constantly busy with wedding stuff anyway…
-We cut out any frivolous spending. For me, it was mani/pedis, for FI it is Xbox/computer accesories.
-If you really want to, you can cut off cable/internet. This is not an option for us because FI’s job involves computers and internet and our cable/internet is bundled together.
-set your thermostat a little higher while you are not home. No need to run the AC on full blast in an empty place. Just a few degrees difference can save you money on your electric bill