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Saving Nickels: Small Savings Can Add Up

Apr 29, 2008
Benjamin Franklin coined the phrase, "A penny saved, is a penny earned." What was thought wise advice in his time, has become even more provident in todays world where debt seems an epidemic among American consumers. Todays financial experts agree that it can be the small day to day savings that add up to big results as we work to eliminate consumer debt. Here are a few of there tips for cutting out excess spending:

Keep track of all your monthly expenditures, even fifty cents for a snack. Cutting out even the smallest daily purchases, can add up to big annual savings. Financial experts call this the "Latte Factor."

When you force yourself to think about every purchase, it makes it easier to be strict and frugal in your spending. This also allows you to find wasted money in your budget that could be put toward debt reduction.

Shopping sales can be a great way to save money on the purchases that you would normally make anyway. While everyone likes to find a great deal, just be careful that you are not overspending, or worse, buying things you dont need, simply because they are on sale.

With the hike in gas prices, driving across town to save a few cents on one item is no longer a smart savings solution. Become a one-stop shopper by watching the weekly ads, and trying to get everything you need in one trip.

Many stores offer double or triple coupon savings, and some stores will even price match, allowing you to get the other stores sale price with just one trip to the market.

Plan menus, make a list, and make only one shopping trip each week. This will help eliminate impulse buys and overspending.

Look for month to month savings by lowering your monthly bills. Scale back on your phone plan and cable bill, turn down your thermostat, and cancel any memberships that go unused. Watch for ways to lower each payment--youll be surprised at the extra savings you can find!
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