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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

45. Tips to Save Money - Part 6

Here’s some personal experience on great ways to save an extra buck. I'd love to hear your tips! I have a list of about 60+ tips to save money. This is part 6 tips 21-25. I hope you enjoy! 

21) Cancel your Magazine Subscriptions/Newspaper
21a) Last year we made it a point to go to Barnes & Noble and the local library about twice a month. We were able to save a ton by getting our news online and reading free magazines at these locations. Not to mention getting a good book and reading at B&N is a great date night if you’re into that thing.

22) Cancel Your Gym Membership For A Few Months
22a) There are lots of Fitness DVD’s out there. Amazon has plenty to choose from for $20 or less.

22b) Another option is to exercise outside. We tried it last spring for a couple of months. It was actually very romantic, fun, and saved us $70 a month on gym memberships.

23) Christmas Gift Giving
23a) Assuming you celebrate this holiday save tissue paper & re-use gift bags. We stopped using wrapping paper a few years back. Tissue and bags are a lot easier (especially for us guys) to use. Plus they can be recycled/re-used as long as the bag is in good condition!

23b) Have a contest to see who can buy the nicest gifts (including brand name stuff) for the best (lowest) price. A friend of ours does this every year with his family. There is voting by each family member. The winner of the contest gets a great prize!

23c) Consider asking family instead of useless gifts that nobody needs or wants a gift card exchange. We did this last year with part of our family with a lot of success. Everyone writes down a list of 4-5 things they want (including gifts cards) and people end up with a gift they actually want or a gift card to a store they'd like to buy something at... or consider everyone giving towards a charity helping those less fortunate. After all Christmas is the season of GIVING right?

23d) Consider if you have kids asking grandparents, uncles, aunts, etc. to give a money gift to your kids to go toward their college fund.

24) Buy Gift Cards at discounts
24a) Times are tough. Often at the end of the year companies will have promotions: Subway had $5.00 off your next sub with the purchase of a gift card. We bought two gift cards ($25 each) and each had a free sub. Plus we had enough for going out on very inexpensive date for the next couple of months. There are also websites where you can purchase gift cards at discounts.

25) Haircuts
25a) For guys a simple home hair cutting kit ($20-30 usually) can save a ton over time. I bought a kit last summer to buzz my hair and saved an average of $15 every two weeks for four months. We saved about $100 over the course of that time. Plus anytime I want an inexpensive haircut it can be convenient.

25b) For women consider going to a cosmetology school (In the Dallas are there are several Ogle Beauty Schools). Instead of paying $30 you might pay $10 for a good (hopefully) haircut. Plan on spending double the time at the hair stylist as they are just learning! My wife did this our first year of marriage and we saved about $100-200 for the year.

Which tip did you like best? What tips have worked for you? See the full list of tips to save money for the other tips and parts! Leave a comment! 


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