How to Save Money on your Home Office
- Make your own furniture. I’ve built all the bookshelves in my office.
- Buy used furniture at a second hand store or watch for companies going out of business. A couple of years ago I got two filing cabinets for $15 each when a local Christian bookstore was going out of business.
- Default your computer to print in draft and black and white.
- Download a free program like Evernote so you can easily transfer purchase receipts and other such documents instead of printing them.
- Try free program downloads and services first before you try paid programs. Thus, if you are looking at a new personal finance software, you could use Mint first because it is free, and if you don’t like it then consider a paid program. I did this for my password protection program, but in the end I ended up paying for RoboForm because it was more than worth the cost.
- Adjust the heating/air-conditioning in the room to that it only heats or cools when necessary.
- Purchase a laser printer because you can print documents faster and cheaper. Be sure to buy an ink-refill kit if you use a laser cartridge because it is much easier to do than refilling inkjet cartridges.
- Avoid buying a Mac. Hey, please don’t throw stones, but Macs are much more expensive. One day I may purchase one, but if you want to save money then I think a PC is the way to go.
- Sell books on half.com when you no longer use them. This way you need less storage space and you can also turn old books into cash.
- Develop a good home based filing system because disorganization is costly.
What are your tips for saving money on a home office?