Not long ago I mentioned that I have been trying to find new ways to save money. For example, I recently posted about making reusable tissues. There are a lot of small things you can do that can add up to a lot of savings. This is a super easy tip that I had heard of before, but never really got around to doing it. I saw it again on Extreme Cheapskates and I decided to go ahead and try it out. They say it saves $8 per month and $100 per year. Multiply that by the number of toilets you have in your house and that is your yearly savings. So according to those calculations, I can save up to $200 just by using this simple trick. It may not be a whole lot in the span of a year, but wouldn't you rather keep that money than give it to the water company? I sure would!
All you need is a brick or large rock. Chances are you already have one around your house somewhere. If not, Home Depot sells them for $0.49 each. Take the top off your toilet tank. Place the brick inside (make sure to put it away from the mechanisms, otherwise it could knock them out of place, causing the toilet to not work properly). Put the top back on. That's it.
The brick in the toilet tank takes the place of the extra water, causing the toilet to use less water per flush, which saves water, and that saves you money.