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July 10th, 2018 10:48 AM


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With gas, food and utility costs rising, we all look for ways to save money, especially those who are on a fixed income.  The recent AARP magazine had an article on great ways to save, many more than I can list here.  But I chose some of the ones that interested me, and I hope they will help others as well.

  • Don’t pay fees for movie tickets. Some online sellers (or theaters) charge a “convenience” fee per ticket for pre-buying movie tickets. Instead, buy at the box office, or join the “Movie Pass” club where you pay a small monthly fee, but can view numerous movies per month at various theaters.
  • Get free E-books. You can download nearly 60,000 public domain e-books at Gutenberg.org and save $3 to $10 per e-book.
  • Dine out for less. Restaurants.com offers discounted gift certificates to eateries all over the country. You could pay only $10 for a $25 gift certificate.
  • Give your time as a gift. Write out redeemable coupons for babysitting, free drives for someone in need, or home-cooked meals instead of purchasing a gift card.
  • Use cruise control. It can reduce your fuel use by 7% on the highway.
  • Check for promo codes. Online retailers offer discount codes. Check RetailMeNot.com for codes before finalizing a purchase.
  • Use Gas Buddy. The Gas Guru and GasBuddy apps show you prices at all area gas stations, so you can find the cheapest gas in your location.
  • Get a tankless water heater. These units produce hot water on demand. They are up to 30% more efficient than tanks that waste energy keeping water hot all the time.
  • Raise your deductible. Boosting the deductible on a homeowners policy from $500 to $1,000 could save you 25% on your annual insurance premium.
  • Seal your home. Inspect for leaks at windows & doors with a lighted incense stick. Sealing them could cut a $1,000 heating and cooling bill by $200!

These are just some of the many ways to save money, so if on a strict budget, be creative in changing your spending habits.  Every little bit will help.

Written by Barbara Doeringer

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