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Are the Little Things Eating Your Budget Away?

Sep 16, 2008
I've written often enough about saving money. There are some standard tips just about anyone will give you - cut the cable bill, drop to either just land line or cell phone, spend less at the grocery store. And of course, quit buying coffee at the coffee shop.

Each of the above can seem like such a small thing, especially if you spread the cost out over the month. But when you put them together for the month, you may find they're a lot of money. That's why they are so often recommended for the chopping block.

If that's not enough, now what?

The tighter your budget gets, the more creative you need to be about saving money. You need to look at some of the less obvious little things that also can add up.

1. Cut down on your energy use.

Turn off those excess lights! Put up a clothesline if you can, and dry clothes outside in warm weather. Find ways to block more heat from coming in during the summer, and take advantage of any sunlight during winter.

You can also unplug electronics that aren't in use. Many electronics continue to draw just a little power even when you turn them off.

2. Get on Freecycle.

Thrift stores are great for saving money, but free (aside from the gas to go get it) is even better. You might be amazed what people will give away. You can reciprocate when you have something to get rid of that someone else might like.

You can also sell the things you don't need anymore, whether through eBay or a garage sale, but offering things for free when you're getting other things for free is strongly encouraged.

3. Share resources with friends and neighbors.

You may know several people in financial situations similar to your own. If you can borrow things that aren't needed daily you may be able to save the expense of buying them.

This obviously takes a lot of trust and/or tracking. You can't have one person borrowing things and never returning them or reciprocating, not to mention the potential for damage. But if you can avoid buying garden tools if you decide to start a garden, for example, you can cut your costs down nicely.

4. Ask for a credit card rate reduction.

Often enough it works, and it only takes a few minutes. Talk to a supervisor if you need to.

5. Drink more tap water.

It's the cheapest drink in the house! It's even cheap if you count buying filters if you don't like the way your tap water tastes.

I like to keep a bottle of tap water in the fridge so that it's already cold. Works wonders for the taste, and if it's a really hot day ice cubes can help to keep it cold.
About the Author
Stephanie Foster runs http://www.homewiththekids.com/ as a resource for stay at home moms. Get more money tips for stay at home moms at her website
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