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THE cost of living crisis has meant we're all trying to tighten our belts where we can and live more frugally to save cash.

But while there are obvious cost-cutting we can do, like cut back on takeaways, there are ways we could be wasting money without even realising it.

4We're all trying to think carefully about how we can start making savings - and there are some solutions that are a lot closer to home than you may realiseCredit: Getty

Here savvy saver and NerdWallet expert Connor Campbell shares his top tips to save cash, and the common errors we make in our own homes that could be costly.

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Look after the pennies

Firstly, keeping track of your outgoings is absolutely vital to ensure you aren't paying for services unnecessarily.

Connor says: "With the current economic climate, now is a really good time to reconsider any unnecessary payments and direct debits that you may not even realise are still coming out of your bank each month.

"If you have decided to cancel a subscription for a service you no longer need or want, it’s essential to also check if the direct debit has also been cancelled.

"Otherwise, you end up paying for things you’re not using, which is essentially money down the drain."

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Washing and drying clothes affects the cost of your energy bills quite significantly.

Connor says: "It's a lot more economical to wash bigger loads less often than regular half-loads.

"Filling the machine to capacity will use the same amount of water but it means you’re using it less often.

"Try and keep the temperature as low as possible too, as this uses less energy and will help keep costs down."

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If you're lucky enough to have a dishwasher, use it.

Connor says: "A common energy-saving myth is that hand washing the dishes instead of using the dishwasher can help save money - but this isn’t the case.

"Hand washing actually uses a lot more water, which is more expensive to heat. 

"When using the dishwasher, ensure you’re putting on a full wash to make the most of the water, energy, and detergent.

"It’s also a good idea to figure out what time of day is the most effective to run your dishwasher.

"Energy companies tend to charge higher rates for energy during peak times, so working out what time works best for you can help to lower your bill."

4If you have a dishwasher, use it! It's a lot more energy efficient than washing up surprisingly, if you ensure it's fully loadedCredit: Getty Heat the human - not the home

It's an obvious one, but only heat areas you're using in the home, rather than the whole house.

Connor says: "Another common mistake made around the house is keeping the heating on a low setting at all times to heat the whole house, rather than turning it on and off when needed, which uses less energy throughout the day.

"It’s also a lot more energy efficient to only heat the rooms you are using and avoid heating empty rooms, such as a spare room or storage room.

"In other words, heat the human, not the home!

"This can be done by turning off the radiators only in those rooms and keeping doors closed in the rooms you want to keep warm."

Other top tips to start saving at home

Here are some ways to ensure you're cutting down the cost of your household bills as much as possible...

Turn your thermostat down by one degree - You could save up to £80 a year. Making a small change to the temperature in your home can make a big difference.

Investing in a smart thermostat, like the Google Nest Learning Thermostat. This gives you full control over the temperature of your home from wherever you are.

Use a smart meter - they can help you better understand your energy usage via the in-home display that comes with your smart meter. With more information on your day-to-day energy use, you can see when you’re using the most energy, and identify ways to cut back and in turn save money.

Make sure you have the best boiler for you. This will depend on your lifestyle, the size of your home and the number of people living there.

Use insulation to make sure no heat is being wasted. In addition to wall, roof and floor insulation keeping the heat in your home, insulating your water tank, pipes and radiators is a quick and easy way to improve efficiency. Options such as a hot water cylinder jacket you can fit yourself and only costs around £15.

A turn off

Finally, unplugging electronic devices from the wall instead of just leaving them in sleep mode or standby will save a lot more money and energy.

Connor adds: "This stops the devices from draining electricity even when they’re not actively being used, helping to annually save more money on your bills.  

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"Consider which devices you can unplug when they’re not in use, such as a television, games console, microwave, washing machine, printer, or computer.

"This will not only help cut down on costs but is also friendlier to the environment." 

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Braves have no one but themselves to blame for Ronald Acuña Jr. issues

The Atlanta Braves are slowly falling apart approaching the postseason, and they just lost one of their best players in the lineup. 

The Atlanta Braves are slowly falling apart approaching the postseason, and they just lost one of their best players to an injury. Slugger Ronald Acuña Jr. is out of the lineup for the third game in a row, and the Braves are to blame for bringing him back before he was fully healed.

Acuña has been rehabbing a plethora of injuries this season, the most recent being a back one and others including a knee, lower body, foot and quad. Because of this, he’s been underperforming this season and has stated that he plans to “play through the pain” to help his team in the final stretch of the season.

Acuña tore his ACL in 2021 and missed the latter half of the season, so his recent issues are likely tied to that.

The Braves have been doing fairly well, trailing the New York Mets in the NL East standings by just 2.5 games, and are fighting hard to be successful in the postseason. They have talent, but it’s falling apart before their eyes. Several of their key players aren’t doing well, which may cause them to miss out on their potential.

Braves may have sabotaged their own postseason success with handling of Ronald Acuña Jr.

The defending World Series champions are almost guaranteed a spot in the playoffs. According to FanGraphs, there’s a 100 percent chance they’ll make it. However, they may not be able to claim the top NL East division spot by the end of the regular season with several players underperforming and not in full health.

Aside from Acuña, Matt Olson has also been underperforming. He had a lot of pressure to do well considering he was Freddie Freeman’s replacement. He’s unfortunately having a flop season, hitting .233/.319/.451 for an OPS of .770. He has an alarmingly high strikeout percentage of 24.1.

Spencer Strider, one of the best starting pitchers in Atlanta, is also now on the injured list and out for the rest of the regular season. There are a few other pitchers that are reliable and talented, but the overall spot of the team isn’t ideal entering the playoffs.

The Braves could’ve at least avoided Acuña’s absence to this extent, but he came back prematurely.

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