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How to save money on groceries, kids clothes, and more

Tips to save money

Looking for ways to stretch your hard-earned dollar? You’re not alone in this economy; many people are seeking ways to save money and get the most out of everyday items. Here are some suggestions to get more bang for your buck!

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1Coupons are cash

The Sunday paper can be a goldmine of money saving coupons on a wide variety of household goods. Invest a few minutes of your time, and clip your way to huge savings on the items you would normally buy. An online search will yield hundreds of websites, such as Couponshare, that are chock full of handy coupons. Remember, when you toss a twenty-five cent coupon in the trash, it's like throwing away a quarter!

2Dress for less

Many clothing retailers offer discounts via email to save you money. All you have to do is go to their websites and sign up. Offers of free shipping, discounts and sneak-peek clearance sales will land in your inbox for the taking. Another option is Ebay where you can find clothing, both new and used, for a fraction of what you would pay in a brick and mortar store. It's a great way to buy baby clothes that are gently used or never worn.

3Double duty

You know those plastic shopping bags we all keep tucked under the sink? Use them to line small wastebaskets – they're the perfect size and, best of all, they're free! How about using a nice smelling dishwashing liquid to wash dishes and scent your home at the same time? Another great idea is to use inexpensive hair conditioner to shave your legs instead of shaving cream. It works great and saves you money.

4Gas and go

A well-maintained vehicle will save you money at the pump. Keeping your tires properly inflated is not only a prudent safety practice, but also reduces fuel consumption. An informal study conducted by Carnegie Mellon students indicated that at $3 a gallon, a person could save as much as $432 a year on fuel costs just by properly inflating their tires – and it's so easy to do!

Methods for saving money on everyday things are numerous. With a little effort you can have more money at the end of the month instead of too much month at the end of the money. Get creative and save!

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