6 New Ways to Save Money This Year

6 New Ways to Save Money This Year

Use these unique ways to save even more money without giving up your retail therapy.


You might already know to pack your lunch or skip expensive runs to the coffee store, but if you’re looking to take savings into other parts of your life, here are some new ideas for making it easy — and even fun.

1. Read up for Less
You don't have to spend a lot of money to get your hands on the latest readings. Here are some ideas:

  • Try a book swap with friends.
  • Look for free downloads of books online.
  • Share magazines with coworkers.
  • Subscribe to RSS feeds.
  • Check out all of the options your local library has to offer.

2. Entertain Efficiently
Consider having friends over for dinner rather than meeting out. Hand out assignments for appetizers, salads, breads and desserts. If going out is about the eats, learn how to make your favorite restaurant dishes at home.

3. Never Pay Retail
Before making an online purchase, search for coupon and promotional-code sharing sites. If you are already on a purchase window online, open a new window in your browser and search for the store name and “coupon code” to find current offers.

As competition between products ramps up, you’ll notice deals and savings everywhere — you just have to look for them.

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4. Shop the Fashion Seasons
Historically, the best markdowns occur at the end of the seasons in late September and January. Be prepared to hold on to your bargains until the following year when they will be back in season. Sign up for mailing lists to receive coupons and circulars to save even more.

5. Join Online Communities of Savers
Look for online groups of other like-minded people. These users often share their best finds and great ideas for saving. There really is power in numbers when it comes to coupons or dollars saved.

6. Save on Gifts
Watch clearance racks for note cards, candles, scented soaps and other timeless gift items. Stock up when you find sales. Wrap your gifts with a single ribbon before you tuck them away and you’ll always be ready to go.

If your children regularly get invited to parties, consider stocking up on your favorite games or toys when you see them on sale. Also, if you find a great item on clearance, purchase several to store away for gifts.

By thinking ahead and resisting the impulse buys that so often get us while we’re on our way to the checkout, you may save on more than you think without having to sacrifice quality on the things you get.

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Marje

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@Laurie -- Thanks! Which of these tips did you find most helpful?

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Laurie

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Great Savings

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How do I get pg coupons in the mail free?

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Great advice to save more. Thanks !!!

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