As real estate agents, we want to help you save money by getting the most for your home when you sell, and getting the best price on a home when you buy. But even after the real estate transaction, there are still plenty of ways you can save money and claim money for your everyday activities. Check out some of these options to continue making the most of your hard-earned money.
Rebates for Energy Efficient Homes
Thinking of installing a new smart thermostat? How about getting rid of your old refrigerator? Maybe it’s time for energy efficient windows, a new furnace, or clothes dryer. All of these are upgrades which you can earn rebates, either through your local utilities company or through tax credits. Colorado Springs Utilities offers credit back on your utility bill for many of these items. Take a few minutes to fill out the paperwork and submit your upgraded items to earn cash back. Click here to download the overview: Residential Rebates from CSU. Also, check with your tax professional for tax credits for things like smart cars, energy efficient windows, roofs, insulation and more. Visit https://www.energystar.gov/about/federal_tax_credits/2017_non_business_energy_property_tax_credits for more info.
Class Action Lawsuits
Do you have an appliance that was recalled? From consumer products to household amenities like internet, there are class action lawsuits you can claim based on your past purchases, accounts, and job history. Look on websites like Top Class Actions for money you’re owed on open settlements. Often, you’ll receive a postcard in the mail to notify you that you may be part of a class action lawsuit, but sometimes companies don’t have your latest information or a way to reach you. Check this site for opportunities to claim your share on open settlements.
Rebates and Rewards for Shopping
Your grocery shopping and daily online purchases could earn you cash back, for engaging in a few simple steps like taking pictures of your grocery receipts. Mobile apps like iBotta and other rebate-based programs can help you save a little extra cash for more important things….like home improvements and checking off the honey-do list. Plus, many give you an incentive to start, like a free $10 just for signing up with iBotta. It’s not a get-rich-quick venture, but it pays off long term for what you are already purchasing.
Sell Your Stuff
Do you have boxes of things you’ve moved from house to house and haven’t opened for years? It might be time to sell them and earn some cash. Are you paying a monthly storage fee at a storage facility for depreciating items you may never use? Sell them and save your monthly cost, plus earn some money. Most likely, the furniture and household items you’re hanging on are things you’ll end up upgrading eventually anyway. Don’t waste the money to store them – sell them and get what you really want, or keep the extra cash to invest in things that will appreciate. Use local sites like Craigslist, OfferUp, and Letgo to sell your stuff.