Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Discount Shopping

In these lean economic times, it's necessary to begin trimming down your expenses. There are thousands of ways to save and be resourceful. While the rest of the world lives on a different standard, one should realize that it's not difficult to adjust your lifestyle to fit frugality. So what are the secrets to saving up?

Live Within Your Means, and Simply
Don't buy that new entertainment system if you don't need it. Don't splurge on that fancy outing because you don't need that, either. The keyword here is need. Many people, especially in the United States, live way beyond their needs. Enjoy a few nights playing board games over watching cable television, even enjoy a candlelit dinner with home-cooked food.

With the internet helping, searching and looking for coupons can be a cinch! Check your mail for penny-saving coupons and keep an organizer handy. Sometimes it's best to keep a coupon book in your bag or vehicle and check sales and advertisements on sales.

Used is Good!
A lot of used items can be reused, such as clothes, dishes, and even appliances. Check out your local thrift store for a variety of great items. Eliminate the word new from your shopping list as much as you can. You don't need to buy that new couch when you can get the same item for half the price at the thrift store.

Walk Around
Try the public transportation system or walk around to where you need to go. Biking is also an excellent source of transportation and travel. You can also sign up for a carpool to keep you using less gas and to also meet a few people along the way. You can also snatch a few naps while someone else drives you to where you need to go.

These are but a few tips on how to save money during these tough economic times. Start a savings of at least 6 months' salary to really solidify your back-up plan, in the event that the economy depreciates further.

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