Public approval of the government is at an all-time low, while government spending is at an all-time high. But while you may think all your tax dollars are going to White House toilet paper and custom water bottles for the FBI Academy, the billions Uncle Sam and his underlings seemingly burn through every year are for the most part spent on useful services. It doesn’t take but an errand run in your safe vehicle on paved roads to the post office for you to see this with your own eyes.
In addition, you may also opt to pay a visit to the following five online calculators provided by various agencies of the federal government for a chance to see how your tax dollars aren’t a complete waste, and may in fact lead to ways to save money instead:
Refrigerator Retirement Savings Calculator: An archaic and inefficient fridge can account for one-sixth of your home energy use every month. To see how much you could save by replacing your current refrigerator with a more energy efficient model, use this user-friendly Energy Star built calculator. It could mean noticeable monthly savings on your electric bill which mean substantial savings over time.
Buying vs. Renting Calculator: Before blindly assuming it’s in your economic best interest to buy, or to motivate yourself into moving out of your apartment complex, use this Ginne Mae provided calculator to see which is really the best financial choice to make. It beats trying to crunch the numbers yourself.
Credit Card Repayment Calculator: A $20 difference in monthly payments can be what keeps you from paying hundreds and even thousands of dollars in interest when getting rid of credit card debt. By using the Federal Reserve’s credit card repayment calculator, you can figure out how much you need to pay a month in order to pay the least amount of interest possible in the long-run.
Fuel Economy Finder: You’d be foolish to think gas prices are going anywhere but up. Your next vehicle purchase must be made with fuel economy as a top priority behind safety and affordability. Thanks to the Department of Energy you can compare your options instantly to ensure you find the most cost-effective ride possible.
Home Energy Saver: Another calculator provided by the Department of Energy, the Home Energy Saver uses data about your utility costs, home set up, and habits to create an itemized list of ways you can reduce energy waste and increase sustainability. It’s been said that Americans allow more than half of our energy to be wasted due to inefficiencies, so this is one calculator you cannot afford to skip if you’re serious about saving money.
It’s not easy to love the government today. While it may prove futile to try and convince you that Uncle Sam ain’t so bad, hopefully your examination and eventual use of the aforementioned financial calculators will make you appreciate the federal government a little bit more, and make your tax dollars seem a little more worth it.