2.Use those compact flurorescent bulbs.
They DO save on energy and provide better lighting too!
3.Use a digital camera.
This may sound strange (especially if you do not already own a digital camera) but it saves money. When you use your digital camera you can delete any shots you do not like and print only the ones you like. With traditional film you have to develop the entire roll before you know whether you have any good photos.
4. Scan your receipt.
Sometimes things are scanned twice on your receipt when you checkout a the grocery store. Many places will give you the item for free if you catch the error before leaving the store.
5.Pay more than the minimum.
This will save you in interest fees later on.
This does not mean that you have to grab every coupon in sight and immediately buy those items. But look for coupons for items you buy on a regular basis and use them. If you are loyal to a brand and it is expensive then the coupons really help. And there is no shame in using coupons…you would be amazed at how many people use them.
7. Bag it!
Make lunch at home and take it work or school with you. Use a plastic drink bottle and bring your drink to have with that sandwich and that slice of cake (baked from scratch).
8.Make a list.
Keep a running list on the refrigerator and update it as soon as you notice something running low. Take the list with you when you go shopping (coupons attached!) and buy ONLY what is on the list. This is very difficult at first but gets easier with time.
9.Use online savings accounts.
An Orange account from ING.com gives you more than 4% interest. All you have to do is link your checking account to their online account and transfer money.
Paypal also offers a great rate…..currently 5% and you can also get a paypal debit card to help you track your spending.
Take the defensive driving course (available online for about $40) to get a better deal on your car insurance. It really works.