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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Saving Money - 30 Easy Ways

The Dumb Little Man had one of his brilliant moments and created a list of 30 Easy Was to Save Money and he claims we aren't doing all of them. So I looked through the list and here's part of what I found:

Things we already do:
  • Cook at home often
  • Brown bag lunch at least a few days a week
  • Make a list before going shopping - you have to actually stick to the list, which we do sometimes!
  • Watch out for expiration dates on perishable goods
  • Consolidate and pay off debt as soon as possible
  • Pay your bills on time and avoid late fees
  • Be aware of your bank balance and avoid over draft fees
  • Avoid ATM fees
  • Avoid credit cards with annual fee
  • Disconnect land line if possible
  • Buy in bulk whenever possible
  • Buy generic products whenever possible
  • If you have to buy books, check if you can buy it used - Amazon!
  • Price check before buying anything expensive
  • Avoid the vending machines
  • Keep your car as long as possible
  • Do regular scheduled maintenance on your vehicles
  • Avoid buying a new car
  • Ride your bike or carpool whenever possible - taking the bus, its free with work!
  • If you like watching movies at the theater, go before 6:00 pm - we do discount theaters
  • Regulate your electric use.
Things we need to work on:
  • Go grocery shopping while you are in a hurry
  • Avoid impulse buying
  • Bottle your own water
Things that won't happen:
  • Make your own coffee
  • Use grocery store bags to line trash cans
  • Instead of buying books, borrow books from the library
  • If you watch a lot of DVDs, get an online DVD store membership - we don't watch a lot!
  • Plan vacations ahead of time
  • Finally, keep distance from lavish, high-roller friends - we don't really have any of these!

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1 comment:

::athada:: said...

As for books, I'd recommend for a partial solution. Works out to about $2.50 a book. Ok, I'll blog about it soon...