Saturday, November 15, 2008

5 ways to save money

It’s not a secret that the economy is not what it used to be. It seems like everyone is looking for another way to make more money…especially with the holiday season right around the corner. I too am always looking for a bargain on everything so I thought about a few ways that you might be able to quickly and easily save a few bucks!

1. Call around to get better rates
You can save several dollars every month if you take a few minutes to call around and see if you can find a cheaper quote for insurance, utilities, services, and other every day activities, It never hurts to ask!

2. Eat out of your pantry and freezer
Get creative with your meals. Make a list of everything in your pantry and freezer and find some recipes to use up all that food. Then you only need shop for fresh produce for the next couple of weeks.

3. Group your errands

Keep a list of errands to run and only do them once a week. It's also a good idea to keep all the stuff together, like library books, dry-cleaning, etc. You will save both time and money when you stop jumping in the car as soon as you think of something, and instead have an assigned day for errands.

4. Stop reading the sale catalogues
I will often throw away all the free newspapers and sale catalogues as soon as I bring in the mail. That alone has saved me hundreds of dollars every month.

5. Sell your stuff
What do you have around the house that you no longer need, want or use? Sell those items on e-bay Craig’s List or at any number of consignment shops that have popped up all over the place. Your “trash” really might be someone else’s “treasures” and wouldn’t it be worth the extra money…and space!

I hope this has sparked off some ideas for you!

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