Ways to Live More on Less

You know the basics – coupon clipping, packing your lunch and car pooling are all great ways to spend less of your money. But here are some other ways that you can live well on less money. Try these following tips and you’ll soon be reaping the benefits.

Cut your cable bill and watch shows online: With the internet age in full swing, almost every network puts their most popular shows online at sites like Hulu.com or on their own website. While most households spend an upwards of $50 per month or more on cable, the people switching to basic cable plans and viewing their shows online are saving a big chunk of money each month. Hulu.com also has a library of classic television and movies available for viewing—all of which you are able to watch with a simple internet connection.

Run debit card purchases as credit: Many places charge a fee for running a debit card so if you have a Visa or Mastercard logo on your card, use it as a credit card when needed or pay cash.  Also, watch ATM fees—make sure and avoid unnecessary fees by going to your own bank to use their ATM.

Stop buying new books and magazines: Instead of buying books at regular price, get a library card and take books out from your local library.  Or look for discounted or used bookstores, online or local. Watch magazines for special subscription offers or if you’re thumbing through a magazine while waiting in line, don’t buy it—most times you can find the same article online.

Watch for free events:  Check the newspaper and internet for festivals, events and other community gatherings. Museums have free days throughout the year, and some restaurants have “kids eat free” specials on certain days. Keep your eyes peeled!

See cheaper movies:  If you’re going to the movies, go to matinees—they’re cheaper than evening shows. The movie is still going to turn out the same no matter what time you watch it. There are also late-run theaters that show movies that came out a month or so earlier for cheaper ticket prices.

Keep tires property Inflated: You can improve your gas mileage by around 3.3% by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure.  Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer.

What are some of your tips and tricks for cutting costs?

Good luck saving!