Inspired to save? I hope so. But maybe you’re wondering where the money will come from. I put my head together
with Jeff Yeager, author of The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Road Map to True Riches, to suggest five places to start.
Limit trips to the supermarket. Every time you walk through those automatic doors, you’re bombarded with
opportunities for an impulsive buy, and you may walk out with at least one or two things not on your list. Try to make one big
trip a week. Savings:If you make four trips a week and spend $10 extra each time, cut three to save $120 a month.
Coupons aren’t just for groceries anymore. You can find coupons for movies, restaurants, andeven clothing stores.
Savings:If your family dines out twice a month at $75 a meal, you’ll save $180 a year with ten-percent-off coupons.
Audit your bills. Call your wireless provider once a year to make sure you’re on the best plan. Do the same with your
cable, internet, and long-distance providers. Bundling all three usually nets a discount. Savings:Several hundred dollars a
Use public transportation or carpool. You’ll save on petrol, maintenance and even parking. Savings:If you
commute 25 kilometers round-trip each day, save about $100 a month by alternating driving each week with a friend.
Consolidate your plugs. Between five and fifteen percent of the power used by electronics is consumed when they’re
turned off. Plug your TV, DVD player, cable box, and home entertainment system into a power strip or surge protector, then
unplug it at night and when you’re not home. Savings:If your electric bill runs $120 a month, you’ll save up to $216 a year.