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5 Money Saving Tips to Get You to the Tropics this Winter

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5 Money Saving Tips to Get You to the Tropics this Winter

So you’re itching to take a vacation to escape the winter blues this winter. It’s already autumn and you don’t have much saved up, if anything. The good thing is no matter where you live, there’s a sunspot nearby that probably offers great packages. It’s time to focus, get your game on and save. If you’re going with some friends, you can keep each other in check . Support each other by having nights in instead of heading out and spending those sun bucks on entertainment. Keep your eye on the prize and you’ll be tanning in February on a white sandy beach.

1. Coupons

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    Coupons are a great way to save you a lot of cash flow. It’s all a matter of creating your own system which may take some time at first. Once you’re organized though, you’ll be a coupon money saving machine.

    2. Household savings

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      Hey, you’re not only going to save yourself some money but you also help the planet out. All good things right?

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      3. Fast track your bank account

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        Selling off those things you don’t really use anymore could make you some serious cash for your trip. Sell on ebay or even a local site like craigslist.org or kajiji.

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        4. Walk Away from the Credit Card

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          Chances are, you’re going to need your credit card during your tropical getaway. This money saving tip is a pretty important one as you may need it when you get back from your vacation. You should be paying it off instead of putting charges on it. Take your credit card out of your wallet and put it in your passport. This will remind you why you’re not buying the latest trendy boots for the winter.

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          5. Shopping

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            Best thing to do is create a food budget and then write a grocery list based on what you can afford. Stick to your list troop, do not get distracted. You can utilize coupons also or get loyalty cards that hook you up with a discount. Make your food at home and even create mass quantities of food at one time. You can easily freeze and reheat soups, lasagna and casseroles.

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            Last Updated on January 5, 2022

            33 Painless Ways to Save Money Now

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            33 Painless Ways to Save Money Now

            In a difficult economy, most of us are looking for ways to put more money in our pockets, but we don’t want to feel like misers. We don’t want to drastically alter our lifestyles either. We want it fast and we want it easy. Small savings can add up and big savings can feel like winning the lottery, just without all of the taxes.

            Some easy ways to save money:

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            1. Online rebate sites. Many online sites offer cash back rebates and online coupons as well. MrRebates and Ebates are two I like, but there are many others.
            2. Sign up for customer rewards. Many of your favorite stores offer customer rewards on products you already buy. Take advantage.
            3. Switch to compact fluorescent bulbs. The extra cost up front is worth the energy savings later on.
            4. Turn off power strips and electronic devices when not in use.
            5. Buy a programmable thermostat. Set it to lower the heat or raise the AC when you’re not home.
            6. Make coffee at home. Those lattes and caramel macchiatos add up to quite a bit of dough over the year.
            7. Switch banks. Shop around for better interest rates, lower fees and better customer perks. Don’t forget to look for free online banking and ease of depositing and withdrawing money.
            8. Clip coupons: Saving a couple dollars here and there can start to add up. As long as you’re going to buy the products anyway, why not save money?
            9. Pack your lunch. Bring your lunch to work with you a few days a week, rather than buy it.
            10. Eat at home. We’re busier than ever, but cooking meals at home is healthier and much cheaper than take-out or going out. Plus, with all of the freezer and pre-made options, it’s almost as fast as drive-thru.
            11. Have leftovers night. Save your leftovers from a few meals and have a “leftover dinner.” It’s a free meal!
            12. Buy store brands: Many generic or store brands are actually just as good as name brands and considerably cheaper.
            13. Ditch bottled water. Drink tap water if it’s good quality, buy a filter if it’s not. Get 
                a reusable water bottle and refill it.
              • Avoid vending machines: The items are usually over-priced.
              • Take in a matinee. Afternoon movie showings are cheaper than evening times.
              • Re-examine your cable bill. Cancel extra cable or satellite channels you don’t watch. Watch the “on demand” movie purchases too.
              • Use online bill pay. Most banks offer free online bill paying. Save on stamps and checks, and avoid late fees by automating bill payment.
              • Buy frequently used items in bulk. You get a lower per item price and eliminate extra trips to the store later on.
              • Fully utilize the library. Borrowing books is much cheaper than buying them, but in addition to books, most local libraries now lend movies and games.
              • Cancel magazine/newspaper subscriptions: Re-evaluate your subscriptions. Cancel those you don’t read and consider reading some of the other publications online.
              • Get rid of your land-line. Do you really need a land-line anymore if everyone in the family has a cell phone? Alternatively, look into using VOIP or getting a cheaper plan.
              • Better fuel efficiency. Check the air pressure in your tires, keep up with proper auto maintenance, and slow down. Driving even 5MPH slower will result in better fuel mileage.
              • Increase your deductibles. Increasing the insurance deductibles on your homeowners and auto insurance policies lowers premiums significantly. Just make sure you choose a deductible that you can afford should an emergency happen.
              • Choose lunch over dinner. If you do want to dine out occasionally, go at lunchtime rather than dinnertime. Lunch prices are usually cheaper.
              • Buy used:  Whether it’s something small like a vintage dress or a video game or something big like a car or furniture, consider buying it used. You can often get “nearly new” for a fraction of the cost.
              • Stick to the list. Make a list before you go shopping and don’t buy anything that’s not on the list unless it’s a once in a lifetime, killer deal.
              • Tame the impulse. Use a self-enforced waiting period whenever you’re tempted to make an unplanned purchase. Wait for a week and see if you still want the item.
              • Don’t be afraid to ask. Ask to have fees waived, ask for a discount, ask for a lower interest rate on your credit card.
              • Repair rather than replace. You can find directions on how to fix almost anything on the internet. Do your homework, and then bring out your inner handyman.
              • Trade with your neighbors. Borrow tools or equipment that you use infrequently and swap things like babysitting with your neighbors.
              • Swap online. Use sites like PaperBack Swap to trade books, music, and movies with others online. Also, look for local community sites like Freecycle where people give away items they no longer need.
              • Cut back on the meat. Try eating a one or two meatless meals every week or cut back on the meat portions. Meat is usually the most expensive part of the meal.
              • Comparison shop: Get in the habit of checking prices before you buy. See if you can get a better price at another store or look online.

              Remember that saving money is not about being cheap or stingy; it’s about putting money into your bank account rather than giving it to someone else. There are many ways to save money, some you’ve never thought of, and some that won’t appeal or apply to you. Just pick a few of the ideas that sound doable and watch the savings add up. Save big, save small, but save wherever you can.

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