Although many consumers would argue differently saving money doesn't have to be difficult. In fact by making just a few changes in your normal lifestyle you can find ways to free up extra cash that can be put to better use in a savings account or an investment account. Finding ways to save an additional 5 dollars a day can lead to a more secure financial future in the long run. I have compiled some tips that you can use in order to find those extra dollars.
Tip Number 1 - Are you a daily coffee drinker or a heavy smoker? The simple act of eliminating one cup of coffee a day or reducing the amount of cigarettes you smoke (quitting entirely would be better) can free up a small amount of money daily that when added up equals a large amount at the end of the year.
Tip Number 2 ? Try to avoid shopping at convenience stores. The prices they charge are outrageous when compared to lower priced food stores or super markets. It's a proven fact that you will spend less on food if you shop with a list, take advantage of sales, and purchase basic ingredients, rather than pre-packaged components or ready-made items. Take the time to clip coupons for items that you buy on a regular basis however avoid purchasing impulse items if you don't normally use them just because you have a coupon. If you take the time to compare the fine print you'll see that you can save hundreds of dollars a year by comparing price-per-ounce or other unit prices on shelf labels.
Tip Number 3 ? When it comes to purchasing over the counter medicine brand name drugs are usually much more expensive than their generic equivalents, ask your physician and pharmacist if a less expensive generic or an over the counter alternative is available. Purchasing the equivalent generic drug can save hundreds of dollars through out the entire year. With the emergence of online pharmacies the opportunity to save even more money on medicine is significant. Take the time to search online for the best deals.
Tip Number 4 ? With the high cost of gasoline draining consumer's pocketbooks any way to save money in this area is a welcomed tip indeed. You can save hundreds of dollars a year by comparing prices at different stations, pumping gas yourself, and using the lowest-octane called for in your owner's manual. You can save up to $100 or more (depending on your vehicle) a year on gas by keeping your engine tuned and your tires inflated to their proper pressure.
Tip Number 5 ? Your vehicle can place a huge strain on your budget if you fail to perform routine repairs on your car when they are needed. The most important step that you can take to save money on these repairs is to find a skilled, honest mechanic. Be sure to aggressive shop around since not all auto mechanics charge the same amount for repairs and the quality of work performed is different based on the skill of the mechanic.
These 5 quick tips could easily save you several hundred dollars a year, which you could put to better use in a savings program or to pay off higher interest loans and other bills.
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