Here are 5 things you can do right now to start saving money.
1. Look in your pantry and see what you can make for dinner using the items there – here’s an example: fry some onions in oil, add white beans to the pan and when heated add a can of chopped tomatoes, heat and stir until hot. Serve this on top of spaghetti.
2. Go to the library and get a DVD – Redbox is good at one dollar a rental but the library is even better at free. I don’t know about you but with young kids in the house, we haven’t been to see a lot of theater movies over the years. I’m fine seeing an older movie that I’d never seen before. (Although they also have newer ones – I recently took out The Changeling).
3. While you are at the library, check out the magazines – most libraries get subscriptions to many current and topical magazines, you might be surprised. An hour in the magazine room is cheap entertainment on so many levels (not to mention less dead trees)
4. Educate yourself, keep your skills current incase the big pink slip comes – if you look around the net, there are a lot of free mini-courses and challenges you can sign up for. Try the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge at problogger.net where they help you build a stronger and more finely tuned blog through daily writing assignments. Not only are these fun but they sharpen your skills. If you are a writer, in November there is National Novel Writer’s Month at nanowrimo.org a month long challenge to write a 50,000 word novel. A few of my friends have even gotten material published (making money) from that exercise.
5. Go to your local thrift store – try it, just try it. Just like when you grocery shop, make a list of what you need and take it with you when you go to stay on task (trust me, if you don’t do this – you’re going to come home with a lot of clothes that although a great price, you don’t need). Right now I’m wearing a polo shirt that I paid 1.99 for. It fits. It’s made of heavy cotton and looks great. It’s going to go well with the tennis skirt I got on ebay.com for 2.99. Everyone wants a bargain but we can still insist on quality. If you look around, you can find that.
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