After a long day of work, sometimes you just don’t feel like cooking dinner, even though you know it would be cheaper to eat in. Americans spend an average of $225 a month eating food away from home, but there are many ways you can keep that figure down while still enjoying a change of scene.
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After living at home for 18 years, listening to my dad yell at me for turning the thermostat up one degree, I couldn’t wait to move into my own place. No more nights spent tossing and turning because it was too hot to sleep. No more lectures about turning my ceiling fan off when I left for school or about falling asleep with the TV on. I was a free woman. That was… until I got my first set of utility bills. Yikes! Suddenly it all made sense. My dad was right; and believe me, it pains me to say that. Now, I’ve been living on my own for going on six years and I’ve found that with a few simple steps, you can easily decrease those utility bills (with minimal effort) and save the environment while you’re at it. Not bad.
Most consumers are looking for ways to stretch their income and maybe save more money for the future. If you get ever short on cash, the easiest way for you to solve this problem is to cut down your monthly expenses. Saving money may not be an easy task to do, but it’s definitely not impossible no matter what your personal financial situation is. Here are four easy ways for you to keep more of your monthly income.
In the words of Checkers, “You gotta eat!” Plain and simple. We’ve covered ways to cut down your bill at restaurants, but what about saving money at the grocery store? And saving without spending hours clipping coupons and making four different stops. Wouldn’t that be nice? If you follow these five simple steps, you’ll see significant savings every time you shop.
It almost doesn’t make sense anymore to make a trip to the mall with all the savings you can be reaping online. That’s right – shopping online is a total moneymaker! How’s that for an oxymoron? But, in all seriousness, it’s so easy to save online and most websites even allow you to make returns at the store, so you don’t have to worry about fit or color. Follow these five simple steps next time you’re about to make a purchase and watch the savings start piling up.