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Some money saving tips

Mar 22, 2008
It may be easy to talk about saving money, the hardest thing about it is the doing part.

I do not claim to be the best when it comes to saving money, but I do have some trick up my sleeves. Here is some money saving tips that I have personally experienced and applied throughout the years:

1.) Be electric consumption conscious - This is probably one of the best money saving tips I could offer considering the rising cost of electricity. Monitoring your electricity usage could save you a lot of money. This can be achieved by turning off appliances and lights that are not in use, shifting to energy saving light bulbs, turning off your electric water dispenser and your refrigerator during the night time and buying new home appliances. Most experts will tell you that new home appliances are more energy efficient than old appliances. In our own personal experience, when we started becoming more electric consumption conscious our bill went down by almost 25 %.

2.) Save loose change - Mom has taught me several money saving tips, but I believe this is one is the most important one she has taught me. At first collecting loose change may seem insignificant. But when it starts to grow, you will realize it's value. At one time the loose change I saved amounted to more than P 10,000.00. ($200.00 U.S plus)

3.) Recycle - More than 3 months ago I started implementing this new program. I started to collect plastic, glass bottles and containers. I now have 4 sacks of recycable materials and I will be selling them by the end of the year.

4.) Not buying from the convenience store - Filipinos have commercialized "convenience stores" but we also have our small scale convenience stores called "Sari-sari" store. This is your friendly neighborhood store where you go to when you run out of shampoo or cooking oil. This may be all right if you badly need the stuff. But if your everyday needs in the sari-sari store you might end up spending more than you expected. It is expected that sari-sari store are more expensive than the grocery stores as they have already added some profit to their selling price.

5.) Eating out less - Most financial experts would say that this is one of the best among all the other money saving tips. Bringing lunch from home definitely helps cut down the expenses. Frequently eating in restaurants is sure to empty your pockets. If you are in the habit of consistetly satisfying your gastronomic cravings by trying out new restaurants try to schedule your restaurant visits.
About the Author
Interested to know more money saving tips ? Visit the blog of Zigfred Diaz where he blogs about money management, investments, How to invest in the Philippine stock market and other interesting topics such as law, making money online and theology.
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