The following is a guest post about simple ways to save money…
It’s important for everyone to save his or her money. In the current recession, millions of Americans have devised clever ways to spend less while doing the things they love.
Saving money is one the best ways to get ahead in your finances. By stashing away cash, you’ll be able to achieve more of your financial goals.
Here are seven painless ways to save money while living better.
Make Energy-Efficient Home Improvements
Completing energy-efficient home upgrades is a fast, easy and affordable way to save money on utilities. Install attic insulation, and caulk cracks around windows that cause year-long energy drains. Put up insulating window coverings that block out the summer sun and also prevent heat from escaping in the winter.
Check Your Auto Insurance Coverage
Insurance is one of those unavoidable expenses that can really impact the household budget. Fortunately, there are several simple ways to earn big discounts. Make sure that you aren’t paying for coverage that you don’t need. Bundle coverage for multiple vehicles or insurance policies.
A multiple-line discount is a great way to save on annual premiums. Try combining auto, life or home insurance. This also works with renter’s insurance policies that are purchased through your auto insurance provider. Complete a defensive driving course to remove points or to earn a sizeable annual discount. Remember to check your auto insurance quote online regularly.
Pay Off High-Interest Debt
Paying down high-interest debt isn’t a quick way to save money, but it will save you quite a bit down the road. Lowering the amount owed on credit card balances and personal loans will improve your credit score and help you get better interest rates in the future.
Instead of making the minimum payment and spending hundreds in interest every year, get proactive. Make larger or more frequent payments to slash debt faster. After your debt is gone, make payments to yourself that you can put in a savings account and use to achieve financial goals.
Cut Down on Nonessential Services
Every month, the average American pays a considerable amount to maintain their phone service and cable TV access. Check your coverage to find out exactly what you’re getting. If you’re paying for TV channels or telecommunication services that you don’t use, switch to a different plan.
Compare online streaming services that allow you to watch your favorite shows for little or no cost. Current shows are often available on demand the day after the episode airs on TV. If there’s an option that is free or costs less than the services you currently have, it’s time to switch providers.
Find Discounts on Essential Purchases
Whether you need to fill up the gas tank or decorate your home, there are plenty of ways to save money. Always buy items when they’re on sale. Look for discounts, two-for-one deals and rebates on sheets, curtains, blinds, towels, socks and personal items.
Everything will go on sale sometime. If you need to make a big purchase, wait until you find a sale. When shopping for school clothes or work apparel, look for seasonal specials, introductory offers and used items.
Find Free Events
Saving money doesn’t mean that you have to stay home. Look for takeout deals and specials that restaurants might have on slow days. Check the local newspaper for free cultural activities and events that are open to the public.
Instead of paying to exercise in a gym, go to a local park, or find nearby bike trails where you can exercise for free.
Do It Yourself
Creating gifts for friends and family and doing things yourself are great ways to save. If you need to paint your guest room or upgrade your kitchen, simple DIY projects will save you a lot of money. However, even frugal homeowners need to know when to call a professional for help.
Attempting to complete critical repairs can cost more if they aren’t done right the first time.
Saving money on day-to-day expenses is easier than you think. Once you start saving, you’ll be inspired to find more ways to stash your cash and to reduce the cost of everyday services.
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