Thursday, June 02, 2011

20 Ways to Save Money Now

Many consumers nowadays are trying to find more ways to save money. However, some consumers refuse to save money and continue to have bad spending habits that will only lead to financial disaster. Many consumers don’t understand the true benefits of spending less than you have, saving money and creating a monthly budget. These are tools to help you get out of debt, pay for unexpected expenses and prevent you from getting into debt. These are things everyone should embrace with open arms.

Many people want to know why should I save money. I have enough to pay my bills; I can’t take it with me, what’s the point. Different people save for different reasons. You can save for many different reasons such as: unexpected expenses, a vacation, to start a business, pay for education, plan for retirement, home repairs, estate planning, buy a car, a wedding, down payment on a house and more. It is a great feeling to have money to pay for things you need instead of using your credit card and paying the balance off 6, 9 or 12 months later. Here are 20 ways to save money.

1. Pack your lunch for work every day.
2. Buy drinks from the grocery store instead of the newsstand at work or coffee shop or, better yet, drink water – it’s the best thing for your health and it’s free. Reduce all unnecessary spending (i.e. only buy necessary items).
3. Use direct deposit to send your paycheck directly to your bank.
4. If you get a raise, save all or most of the money received from the raise. For example, save $5 or $10 a week or whatever you can afford. Set a goal that you want to save $100 within a certain time period. Once you have accomplished that goal, set another savings goal and continue doing that. The next time you meet your goal, you will realize that you have saved a great deal.
5. Buy what you can on sale, instead of paying the regular price.
6. Use coupons or shop at a wholesale store such as Sam’s Club or Costco.
7. Buy whole foods, such as vegetables, grains, beans and fruits, instead of processed foods. This way you aren’t paying for the processing costs.
8. Check your local health food store to see if you can buy foods, such as grains, seeds, nuts, spices and legumes, in bulk. This way you aren’t paying for expensive packaging.
9. Carpool.
10. Take public transportation to work.
11. Cancel your cable service or get the cheapest plan possible.
12. Cancel your cell phone service or get the cheapest plan possible.
13. Reduce the amount of long–distance calls you make per month.
14. Shop around with various banks to find a checking account with no monthly fees.
15. Buy a midsize or compact car until your debts are paid, because this results in a cheaper monthly payment.
16. Finds ways to reduce home expenses by buying energy efficient appliances, ceiling fans, programmable thermostats, fluorescent light bulbs and lamps, or hot water insulator jackets.
17. Donate items not being used to a charity. The amount can be written off on your taxes.
18. Rent movies instead of going to the movie theater.
19. Turn the lights out when you are not in a room.
20. Turn the heat and/or air conditioner off when you are not at home or set at a low energy saving temperature which can be found be calling your local utility company.

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