9 Surprisingly Easy Ways to Cut Costs While Living in Santa Clara


July 16, 2017

While it may be personally difficult to cut costs, it can definitely be easy in executing them. It can be as simple as programming your thermostat or making your lunch twice a week.

For those who need to save or want to just cut costs in general while you’re living in Santa Clara this list is for you.

Carpool/public transportation

An easy way to cut down on a few costs is implementing a carpool system or to take public transportation when possible. The great thing about living at your luxury apartment is its convenient location. Nearly in front of the community, is a Santa Clara Valley Transportation bus stop. With a stop right at your doorstep it is easy and simple to take public transportation around the city saving quite a few dollars on gas. On the other hand, you can also cut costs by carpooling. If you have neighbors or nearby friends that work in the same area, carpooling can be for you. Similar to taking public transportation, carpooling not only will cut your costs but it also helps reduce pollution helping the environment.

Car Maintenance

On the topic of transportation, it is important to keep yours in tip-top shape. Now that doesn’t mean putting in tons money for maintenance which defeats the whole cutting costs concept.

A simple maintenance that should occur on the regular is checking your tire pressure and making sure it is properly filled. You can do this for free at most gas stations. Simply let the gas attendant know and they will turn on the air pump for you. By having the proper air pressure in your tires, you can reduce the amount of gas your car uses cutting down on costs without having to have an initial investment.

Unplug

We all have those devices and/or small appliances that we always have plugged in even though we may not use them on the regular. There seems to be no harm having items plugged in just in case you need to use them but did you know even when not in use electronics still consume small amounts of energy? Leaving one or two items plugged in wont break the bank but when you have half of your electronics sucking up energy everyday all day, you’ll see the difference in your energy bill.

If you really want to cut costs but don’t want to go through the hassle of unplugging and plugging in your electronics consider the alternative: using power strips.

Using power strips is an easy fix in cutting your energy costs. You simply have to switch the power off before you leave the house or even when they aren’t in use and you’re all set!

Program your thermostat

Another simple way to cut costs in your Santa Clara apartment is to program your thermostat. This is a super easy way to cut down your bill and all you have to do is make sure your heat/air turns off when there is no need for it to be running.

Install CFL or LED light bulbs

You’ve probably heard this time and time again, switch your light bulbs to CFL or LED and you’ll save. And you’ve probably thought to yourself “will I really”? The answer is yes! If you really do your research you will find the savings are very real. While incandescent lights may initially be quite cheaper than the CFL and LED light bulbs the big picture paints a different story. LED lights have a significantly longer lifespan than incandescent lights and even a bit longer life than CFL lights. For example, LED light bulbs have a general life expectancy of 50,000 hours, a CFL light bulb 6,000 to 10,000 hours, and incandescent light bulbs are around 1,000 hours or less. You can already tell that you will be spending a lot more money buying incandescent lights every year and maybe more often than that, over making a one-time purchase in a LED light. In short, purchasing an LED light bulb or even CFL light bulb will not only cut your overall costs of the initial purchase, but it will also reduce the amount of energy you use saving you money there.

Cancel Memberships

A very easy way to cut a major cost is to cancel any gym memberships you may have. Why would you pay for a membership at a gym you rarely go to when you have a state-of-the-art fitness center in your Santa Clara luxury apartment building? This will not only save you the money on the membership but you’ll also save gas since you won’t be driving to another location.

Cut Back on Entertainment

Now, there is plenty to do and see in and around Santa Clara that is either free or inexpensive so why not take advantage of it and try to cut costs here. Here are a few ideas of activities you can do near your luxury Santa Clara apartment.

An Afternoon at Central Park- Whether it’s the afternoon or an hour, Central Park located minutes away from your Santa Clara luxury apartment, is a great spot to have fun for free. This fifty-two acre park has everything you can want in a park:

  •      Swimming pool
  •      Picnic Area
  •      BBQs
  •      Tennis Courts
  •      Basketball Courts
  •      Lake

And plenty of play area of course!

AMC Mercado-If it has been a while since you saw a movie, now is the perfect time to go check one out. There are tons of movies right now that range from Comedy to Thrillers. Depending on the time of day you go, you can really save on movie tickets. Going before the afternoon you can purchase a ticket for under $7. As the day goes on it raises all the way up to $14 but even then, if you stick to just the movie you’ll be cutting costs. And if you can get up early enough you’ll essentially be purchasing two tickets for the price of one.

Visit the San Jose Municipal Rose GardenLocated less than 5 miles away from your Santa Clara apartment, the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden is a local and tourist favorite. If you have ever been you’ll know why it’s a popular place to visit. It’s serene environment with an abundance of beautiful flowers is the reason why the Rose Garden is even a top wedding venue. Of course, the best part is entrance to the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden is absolutely free!

Check out the Winchester Mystery HouseIf you’re in for an adventure make your way down to the Winchester Mystery House. To visit the grounds, walk around, and check out the gift shop, it is completely free. For those who dare to take it a step further and take the tour, your cost will be $40 a person. Walking around and the gift shop in itself is entertaining and comes at no cost. Proving it to be another great activity that you can cut costs with.

Play Monopoly…In the Park- Love the game monopoly? Never played but want to? Head over to Discovery Meadow and be part of Monopoly In The Park. You heard right, there is a life size Monopoly board at Discovery Meadow. Street parking is inexpensive and playing the game is free. The only thing you will have to worry about is how to win the game!

Music in the ParkMusic lovers can catch a concert at Plaza De Cesar Chavez. While this event may not be free, it is only $10 if you purchase your ticket at least 1 day in advance. There have been a few well-known artists who have played at this event bringing in quite the crowd. Check out their website to see a list of who is playing.

What you Eat

In the realm of entertainment is purchasing food or more so going out to restaurants or getting take out. While it’s great to treat yourself every now and then, going out on a regular basis adds up. For those looking to cut costs, this is an easy way to do so.

You can start by making your own meals during the work week. Buying lunch every day sure adds up to be a lot more than you would have spent on food to cook.

Within this, is cutting also cutting down on how many times a week or weekend you go out for food. If cutting back on outings is not an option than consider eating at less expensive restaurants or take advantage of any specials.

Switch internet/cable/phone provider

Many times, when you move into an apartment you choose the internet/cable provider that will get your service up and running the fastest. In some cases, those providers may in fact be more expensive than others. Unless you’ve signed a long-term contract, an easy way to cut costs is to shop for a cheaper internet/cable provider. Whether it’s Xfinity, Comcast, DIRECTV, or AT&T, shopping can be a bit time consuming but it can save you hundreds when it is all said and done.

Ultimately the simplest and sometimes easiest ways to cut costs while living in a Santa Clara is cutting down on entertainment and outings in general.

All in all, it can be quite easy to cut costs here and there as long as you put some effort into it. Your Santa Clara apartment is centrally located to a plethora of entertainment and dining making it easier for you to cut back. Happy Savings!