Money-saving Ideas

 

You think you save money. You use coupons. You buy in bulk, but are you really saving money?

  • If you get items because they're on sale, you aren't saving. It's not a bargain if you don't need it.
  • Reconsider luxuries. They have a tendency of becoming necessities. If you live a little below your means, your money will go farther.
  • New cars lose as much as one third of their value in the first year. If you must buy a car, you could save thousands buying a used one from a reputable dealer.
  • Check bills for errors.
  • Do things for yourself that you used to pay for (ironing your own shirts or mowing your lawn, for example).
  • Make shopping lists and stick to them.
  • If rates are low and you own a home, you may want to consider refinancing your mortgage. Explore a reverse mortgage for your retirement years.
  • Compare prices at three stores before making a major purchase. Buy used items when practical.
  • Treat everything you own as valuable. Make things last. Don't throw things out until they wear out.