Saving Money

How to Save Money with Email Filters

I have two main problems with online coupons: they fill up my in-box and they tempt me to buy. I solved both problems with one quick fix – email filters. Here’s how to set-up email filters to reduce your spending. How to Set Up Email Filters I use Thunderbird, so these instructions apply to that. Go to Tools > Rules and Alerts to set up filters for Outlook.…
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Six Products Not to Buy Generic

When I’m at the grocery store, “buy generic” is my typical mantra. Nearly everything at Trader Joe’s is store-labeled anyway. At Ralph’s, I see no reason to send an extra $2 for name-brand sugar. But there are other items I will never buy generic. Maybe these are just my prejudices, but in my experience some things are better with the brand name. Canned Tomatoes I tried using generic…
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Save Money on Your Wedding: DIY Wedding Invitations

In addition to doing my own wedding flowers and wedding album, we also made all of our own wedding invitations, save-the-dates, programs, placecards, and favor tags. I bought thank you notes at Target for $5 a box. My total cost for all of my paper items was around $200. When to Choose DIY Wedding Invitations If you want a simple printed card, then it may actually be cheaper to buy your…
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Rebate Check Offers: Good or Bad?

I don’t recall retailers going after our tax rebate checks so aggressively the first time Bush did this, but this time the pleas to spend our money are almost deafening. Are these deals really a good use of your money? Rebate Check Offers: Good Points These rebate check offers can be a good thing if you can spend them at a store where you were already planning to…
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Reconsider Your Subscriptions to Save Money

If you’ve started digging through the newspaper for grocery coupons or cutting back on going out to save a few bucks, I’m certainly not going to tell you to stop. But I am going to tell you about another place where you could easily save money: subscriptions you don’t really need. How many charges automatically go to your credit card and how many do you really want? Now…
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How to Reduce Prescription Drug Costs

Prescription drug costs just keep going up. Rampant TV advertising to consumers and marketing to doctors isn’t helping any. Fortunately, you can find ways to reduce those costs. Use these tips to save money on your prescription medicines. Use a Mail-Order Pharmacy Most health insurance plans with prescription coverage offer a mail-order pharmacy. You can find out if yours does by calling them or logging into your health…
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Save Money on Wedding Photography and Wedding Albums

When it comes to your wedding photos, there are good ways to find affordable wedding photography and cheap wedding albums, and bad ways to do it. I didn’t spend thousands on my wedding photos, and I spent less than $200 on my wedding album and parents’ album. Nevertheless, I have a beautiful album and fantastic photos. Bad Ways to Save Money on Wedding Photography Let’s start with the…
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Reduce without Suffering: The 2% Solution

Today we have another guest post from Bradd Libby. His post discusses reducing oil consumption by driving slightly less each year, but you could also extend it to reducing spending without suffering. Just spend 2% less each year. Total up ALL your spending, including necessary expenses, and then aim to spend just 2% less in 2010. For example, if you spend $100,000 a year, reduce that by $2,000.…
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Stop Junk Mail to Save Money

At this point, the bulk of the mail I receive is junk mail. I switched to online billing, which means all those letters I receive from my banks are annoying balance transfer or cash advance checks and loan offers. I also receive numerous offers for new magazines, credit cards, and clubs. As I see it, junk mail is intended solely to part me from my money. Those bank…
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