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The Best Ways To Save Your Money

Mar 16, 2008
There are lots of ways that you can save money on your bills every month and while a lot of people think they know what they are, do you know and practice enough of them to make a difference? The answer for most people is "probably not". At least, not many of us are able to save as much money as we would like to every month. What are some ways that you can save money? Well, here are a few, but some of them might cost you some money up front and will pay for themselves over time.

If you own your home, consider solar panels and doing what you can to make your home earth friendly. Not all earth friendly practices will save you money, but using solar panels for your home's energy needs will not only save you money every month, it is also good for the planet. Another way to go green and save money at the same time is to use as little water as is practical when you and the rest of your family bathe. Remember that in most cases, showers use less water than baths, as long as you limit your shower times to around 10 to 15 minutes. How long does it really take you to get clean, anyway? Ten minutes should be enough for most people.

Do your best to track your spending every month and find out where all your money is actually going. This is easiest if you pay for everything with your credit or debit cards, but if you don't do that (and you probably shouldn't, anyway), you can always just save your receipts in different folders for each month of the year. If you have a business, don't forget to put the receipts for what qualify as business expenses in its own separate folder for that year. You can likely deduct them at the end of the year on taxes. Once you determine where all your money is going, figure out what you can do without every month and cut it from your budget.

If you are an impulse shopper, one tactic that you could use while shopping would be to pick up an item and put it in your cart. Walk around the store some more and get the things that you went into the store to get. When you get ready to check out, give that impulse item another glance and ask yourself if you really do need it. Walking around the store after you pick up that item gives the emotional attachment to the item (yes, impulse shopping is emotional) to fade. In many cases, you will discover that you didn't really need it, after all. You just thought you did.

Something else that will save you money over time is purchasing high quality items instead of low quality ones. A good example? Cookware. A good quality set of cookware will cost you at least a few hundred dollars. The upside of this, though, is that you will likely not have to replace anything in that set for a very, very long time, unless you just abuse it. You would have to replace a low quality set every few years. The same goes for cheap furniture, particularly that made of particle board. Think about this every time you decide to purchase something because of its price instead of its quality.
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Jim Corkern is a writer in the field of finances and is currently assisting those in need of cash advances and payday loans, particularly in the state of Kansas
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