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Slow Economy

Precarious economic times can be alarming, but they give us the opportunity to take steps to protect and prepare ourselves for whatever may come in the future. These tips will help you save money in the midst of the current state of our economy.

  • Stock up on things you need and use daily (such as toiletries) when there is a sale. You may never know if they will be that inexpensive again.
  • Monitor your water usage. Do not let the water run when you are brushing your teeth. Taking short showers instead of baths will reduce water bills.
  • Limiting electricity usage should be a given. Turning off fans, lights and anything that is plugged into an electrical outlet will help save on electrical bills. Raise the temperature on your air conditioner and use it less often.
  • Doing your laundry all in one day will save you money on water and electrical bills. The same goes with dishwashers. Loading dishwashers and washing machines to capacity is smart and efficient.
  • Try packaging your cable and Internet into one bill. Doing so will help you organize your bills and save a couple dollars.
  • Start carpooling and drive slower.
  • Look at your landline and/or cell phone bills. See if you can downgrade to a lower rate plan. Adjust your usage to save yourself money.
  • Cut down on dining out. Buying groceries in bulk saves money and trips. Try looking for items you can make multiple meals with. Try getting enough groceries to last a week or two.
  • Borrow books and movies from the library instead of buying them.
  • Eliminate costly habits such as buying cups of coffee or smoking.

 

Last modified: April 11, 2011 at 3:53 pm