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5 Types of Friends Who Always Secretly Help Us Save Money

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5 Types of Friends Who Always Secretly Help Us Save Money

It’s true when they say you are heavily influenced by the people around you. The question is, can this influence help you save money? Your friends’ unique personalities may actually be helping you save money without you even realizing it! Their different ideas of what a good time is, their standards, and their sincere giving nature are inadvertently keeping your bank balance at constant numbers. Below are five types of friends that help us save money without us even noticing it.

1. The Fashion Guru

This friend is your standard shopping partner. Vogue is their bible. You know you have to take them along with you whenever you need to do serious shopping. Because of their vast knowledge of fashion, they are insistent on perfection. When you pick something out, they make sure it’s absolutely perfect. Otherwise, it goes back on the rack. They help you pick out things that are trendy and of the highest quality. The fact that things rarely if ever meet their standards not only helps you save money, but also helps you have the best wardrobe.

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2. The Homebird

This friend is constantly inviting you over to their house to hang out. If you suggest going out to dinner or a movie, this friend insists that watching the movie at home and eating take-out is a better option and it almost always is. They cook the best dinners and have the best movies on demand –  it almost seems pointless to leave the house. Spending nights in every other weekend is subtly helping you save the money you’d be spending if you were to go to dinner and a movie. There’s nothing better than chilling at home in your pajamas. snacking on junk food.

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3. The Parental Figure

This friend is the most reliable one you have. They are always there to bail you out of any trouble you have gotten yourself into and they are always there with a shoulder to cry on. Taking this friend anywhere is like taking a parent along. They know all the places that have the best deals and specials. They also question the retail decisions you make by asking you if you really need what you’re about to blindly spend your money on, saving you from unnecessary expenses on things you’ll never really use anyway. This friend has helped you avoid becoming a hoarder and for that you’re forever grateful.

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4. The Loaner

This friend has been through almost everything you have and is basically your spirit animal, so whatever you need they already have. In short, this friend owns everything you need to buy. When you tell them you need to make a purchase they insist that you just borrow theirs, which you accept. They give you anything and everything you need and at times forget to take it back so it sits in your house as a constant reminder of what a great friend you have.

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5. The Working One

This friend is constantly floating from one job to another. This is good for you because you are constantly benefiting from the perks of their job, be it free drinks at a bar or their store discount card. The fact that this friend moves from one job to another within a month means you are getting a wide variety of freebies from all the different jobs. You find yourself spending a lot less money than you would’ve had you actually paid for the things you’ve benefited from. You envy your friend for all the free things they get, but you’re glad you have them in your life – not just for the free stuff but because they are willing to share.

Featured photo credit: Best friends enjoying time together outdoors with smartphone – Concept of new technology with two girlfriends having fun on a vintage wood bench and red pillows via shutterstock.com

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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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    Featured photo credit: Damir Spanic via unsplash.com

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