The last year in the home office was not only exhausting, but also expensive. Working full-time from home increases the ancillary costs for the apartment: You use more electricity, have higher heating costs and at the end of the year you will have to make a big back payment. According to an extrapolation from Verivox, this results in additional costs of around 250.00 euros per year.
In addition, the subsidized canteen lunches are no longer available and you now have to provide for yourself. Not to mention the coffee that you no longer get from the coffee kitchen, but from the café around the corner. And when was the last time someone brought you free cake because it was some accounting colleague’s birthday? Just.
Saving money in the home office: These 7 things will help
No question: With all the additional costs and benefits no longer available, making money has never been more expensive than it is now. But there are also ways and means that you can use to save money even in the home office. For example, these seven purchases will help you keep your home office costs as low as possible.
1. Smart sockets save electricity
Teckin WLAN smart socket (four pieces) – 31.99 euros at Amazon *
Laptop, mobile phone, screen and Co .: The electricity for the operation of your work equipment is now on your account. To avoid using electricity unnecessarily, you can use smart sockets, for example. They cut the power connection to your devices when they are in standby mode. For example, your monitor does not draw any electricity at night.
2. Reduce heating costs by ten percent with smart thermostats
AVM Fritz! Dect 301 radiator controller (three pieces) – € 139.99 at Otto *
It’s also very similar with smart thermostats, which allow you to program your heating flexibly so that it really only runs when you need it. According to Stiftung Warentest, you can save around ten percent of your heating costs. This is good for both your wallet and the environment!
3. Cozy slippers keep your feet warm
Warm felt slippers by Bio Life – € 24.47 at Goertz *
Those who predominantly sit in the home office will probably get cold feet quickly. The typical solution to this problem: turn up the heating, which increases heating costs (and is not particularly sustainable). Instead, invest in a warm pair of slippers. This acquisition costs little, but saves you a lot of money in the long run.
4. Save up to 15 percent with the savings subscriptions from Amazon
Take out a personal Amazon savings subscription *
You can also save some money on things like coffee and the like to compensate for the increased ancillary costs for home office operations. Just subscribe to them on Amazon. With the so-called Amazon Spar-Subscriptions * you can have products for daily use delivered free of charge at individually defined intervals. You can save up to 15 percent. Prime members even save up to 20 percent on selected products such as diapers or baby food.
5. Coffee machine for home-made coffee
Jura E6 Piano Black (EB) fully automatic coffee machine – EUR 689.00 at Saturn *
If you picked up an Americano at your favorite café during your lunch break every working day last year, you spent a total of around 700 euros on it (assuming a cup costs 3.00 euros). For comparison: A high-quality fully automatic coffee machine, which was declared the test winner by Stiftung Warentest, costs less than that. This investment would have been worth it by now.
6. Storage jars for Meal Prep
Fitprep food storage container set made of glass (eight cans) – 28.99 euros at Amazon *
Lunch breaks in the home office are not only more expensive because you can no longer eat cheaply in the canteen, but also not really relaxing. After all, lunch has to be prepared by someone (not to mention washing up). The practical, but unfortunately very expensive alternative is the delivery service, which already knows your order by heart after one year of Corona. Better: Meal Prep. Just get some storage jars and prepare your weekend lunch. This saves you about 3.00 euros delivery fee, the money for the order and because the food is already ready, you do not lose valuable time that you would much rather spend on the couch.
7. Change provider and benefit from bonuses or better rates
Find a new provider – for example at Check24 *
Last but not least, you can also save a lot of money if you change your provider. That means: it is best to cancel electricity, Internet and Co. and get better offers. In order not to lose you as a customer, your current providers often respond to your termination with attractive discounts and counter offers. This also allows you to screw something up on your fixed costs. Usually, however, a change is much more attractive, because then you can benefit from rewards such as bonuses or free months.
By the way: There is also a flat rate for your time in the home office, which you can state in your tax return for 2020 and 2021 in order to have part of the additional costs reimbursed. However, this flat rate is only 600.00 euros.
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