How To Save Money

How To Save Money #13: Repurpose Old Calendars

Calendars generally are considered one-use items. But they don’t need to be. There are many things you can do with old calendars. Here are just a few ideas; after reading through them, you are sure to come up with more. Reuse in a Few Years If you really enjoyed a calendar, you can reuse it […]

How To Save Money #12: Use Free Software

Software doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. There are many fine low-cost and free alternatives to even the biggest and most popular software packages. I use and can recommend a number of them. In the following table, the software on the left is perfectly fine software, but the prices may be out […]

How To Save Money #11: Shop Online for Your Vitamins, Bath, and Cat Supplies

Many of my recent posts in this series have been on the longer side, so I am taking pity on you with this shorter post. When purchasing vitamins and other food supplements, as well as soap, shampoo, and other personal bath needs, if you buy locally, you are almost certainly paying far too much. You […]

How To Save Money #10: Reduce Cosmetics Costs

I would love to be able to say, don’t use cosmetics at all, but that dog won’t hunt. And the use of cosmetics isn’t bad in and of itself. I just wish that we could all appreciate each other without the benefit of them. Plus, we Americans purportedly spend $8 BILLION on cosmetics each year. As my beloved […]

How To Save Money #9: Drop Your Magazine and Newspaper Subscriptions

I once read that all newspapers and magazines made their money from their advertisers. The money they make from subscribers is a pittance compared to the amount rolling in from people who want to sell something to you. Next time you pick up one of your magazines or newspapers, take a look at just how […]

How To Save Money #8: Borrow Books, Don’t Buy Them

Take a look around your home. How many books do you have that you read once, perhaps even enjoyed, but that you know you will never read again? Instead of buying books, use your local library or borrow books from friends. Calm down, I don’t mean all books. There are some books that you will refer to, use, or re-read […]

How To Save Money #7: Eat Less Meat

While on the road to better eating, try having beans or other vegetable proteins instead of meat for some of your meals. Most Americans eat far more meat than they need, and the alternatives are very tasty and healthy. Beans in particular are an under-appreciated protein source. They are low in fat and high in minerals and […]

How To Save Money #6: Drink Healthier Beverages

“Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea.” (Quote possibly originating from Maela.) Another way to save money in the food department is to take a look at what you are drinking and make some healthy adjustments. People in America drink way too many soft drinks, and soft drinks are nothing but flavored, carbonated […]