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Do You Need Tips On Saving Money?

Mar 28, 2008
One of the greatest ways to protect your credit score is by planning a budget every month. The best way to do this is to plan out what money you know you are going to have to spend on bills such as rent, utilities, and other expenses first.

After you get done calculating how much your necessary expenses are going to be every month, determine ways that you can save money on them. Try to eliminate extra spending wherever you can and this is particularly easy when it comes to your utility bills. During the winter, you can use more blankets when you sleep at night to keep warm instead of using the electricity or the gas to do this. You will thank yourself at the end of the month when you see how much money you have saved.

Another area where you can save money is your water bill. Use less water when you bathe by taking showers in the place of baths and try to keep them down to around 10 minutes. This will use about half as much water as a bath would use.

Try to get rid of the excess spending when it comes to groceries. Avoid processed foods where you can and definitely avoid frozen dinners, since per ounce, these can be the most expensive items throughout the whole store. If you can learn to cook with fresh ingredients and make a little time to do so, you can save more money than you think and be healthier at the same time, since processed foods are also pretty unhealthy overall.

Saving money on groceries can be easier than you think. Whenever you see buy one, get one free specials at your local store, especially on non-perishable and pantry items, snatch them up with a quickness. You might have to be in a good financial situation already to be able to do this on a consistent basis, but once you get stocked up on things by using buy one get one free sales, you'll have enough to help you get by when things get bad again. Don't bother with items with short expiration dates unless you know you're going to use them. Sales on pantry items are the best to try and take advantage of.

Another way to save money is to boot any friends or relatives staying with you that you know for sure are taking advantage of your hospitality. If they aren't helping you with the bills and you're in a financial bind, the best thing to do in most cases is give the ultimatum of helping with bills or finding somewhere else to live. Having been through the situation a few times myself, it may be hard to issue that ultimatum, but in the end it's the right thing to do most of the time. Don't let people take advantage of you.
About the Author
Rachel Yoshida 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 Ohio.
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