How To Save Money On Your Home Office

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How to Save Money on your Home Office

  1. Make your own furniture.  I’ve built all the bookshelves in my office.
  2. 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.
  3. Default your computer to print in draft and black and white.
  4. Download a free program like Evernote so you can easily transfer purchase receipts and other such documents instead of printing them.
  5. 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.
  6. Adjust the heating/air-conditioning in the room to that it only heats or cools when necessary.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Sell books on when you no longer use them.  This way you need less storage space and you can also turn old books into cash.
  10. Develop a good home based filing system because disorganization is costly.

What are your tips for saving money on a home office?


  1. says

    While laser printers have traditionally been cheaper, newer ink models like the HP I purchased recently claim at least to print at 1/3 the cost of laser. I can’t say for sure, but I do think that it is much cheaper than my Minolta laser was. I’m also confident that there is a big difference in efficiencies of various models.

  2. Cedric says

    Go paperless. Use your scanner on all incoming documents. Use electronic means to send out going correspondence. Minimize clutter, minimize time to manage clutter (more time to generate revenue), and minimze storage space (especially if you have a small home office, like a closet). You can have access to all of your electronic documents whereever you go.

  3. says

    Many good ideas given, thanks.
    One may try this if it suits, we use to club unimportant mails to one common destination from all the departments, that helped in reducing the costs drastically.

  4. Andrea says

    Here’s one of my money-saving ideas: Recycle everything!

    I reuse printer paper. If you have documents or papers that you don’t need any more, cut them in half and use the back as note paper for phone call messages or other quick notes you need to make during the day.

    Also, file folders can be re-used easily even if you used pen to write the label on the tab. Find plain white printer labels at thrift stores or garage sales, then when you need to change the label on the file folder, just apply the plain white label and write the new subject on the label. Voila!

    Another idea is to save the cardboard backing on the writing pads when the paper is all used up. Use the cardboard in mailing envelopes to keep the envelope stiff, especially when you mail marketing materials or pictures (and you don’t want them creased or folded by the post office).

    Shop at thrift stores for office equipment and desk supplies such as printers, inboxes, staplers, pencil holders, 3-ring binders, and file folder stands. This is the ultimate in recycling!! You will find everything you need to set up your office at your local Goodwill or charity shop at a fraction of the price.

    p.s For organization , the best book out there is David Allen’s “Getting things done”. Hands down – the best filing system ideas.

  5. says

    Craig my Mac actually saves me money by pulling it it’s i-scissors and cutting coupons for me, the wonderful program i-cook, which allows it to cook me food, so I can spend more time working, and of course using the i-suck technology to vacuum my whole office. ;)

    • says

      It seems like the world has changed so much since I left North America. Do you have to input a recipe to the i-cook or does it just instinctively know what you want and then make whatever your heart desires? :)

  6. says

    Building off free software I would advise someone to fully research all the programs google offers for free (google Docs and mail just to name 2)

  7. says

    I’m with Cedric – a paperless office is less costly and takes up less space. I save and print everything I can as a pdf document. Saves on paper, ink, file folders, and headaches. It is much easier to do a search on your computer than in your file cabinet.

    And to add one more comment to Andrea’s wonderful ideas…you can turn folders inside out to get more “traction”. I even save the borders that are wide enough from anything sticky so I can use them to cover up old labels.

  8. GlennB says

    Hey! Macs are awesome… The way I save money on my business (that I run with my Mac!) is by using straight talk wireless for my business phone. I like having a cell as my business number because I can do business from anywhere but did not want to pay for an expensive plan. I pay $45 a month for unlimited talk, text, and web with no contract. I have a regular phone but they just came out with a smartphone that I am considering also but my phone cost less than $50 and works great. I also recycle office materials, bought a cheap printer/scanner/copier that helps a ton, and yes paperless I try to do as much as possible. Hope this advice helps.

    • says

      I’ve heard great things about Mac. My wife and I were talking about getting one. ?????
      Thanks for letting us know about straight talk wireless.

  9. says

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