It would be great to make more money, but how about trying to do more with what you’ve got? There are ways to buy more, save more and donate more simply by using the money you are already earning. All it takes is using your money more wisely. Here are some tips to help.
The main way to do more with your money when it comes to shopping is to use coupons and buy items on sale. If you’re a regular visitor on The Bargainist you are already doing the right thing. Grab your Sunday paper or find grocery coupons online on sites like the CouponClippers.com. Coupon-lovers save 50-75 percent on their grocery bills. That is money you can use somewhere else.
Setting aside money for your savings account can be challenging. Try saving a specific percentage of any bonuses or extra income you receive. Or if you get a raise, try saving half of the extra amount. You won’t have to change your lifestyle and your savings will get a boost.
We all want to help others and now it’s easier than ever with charity shopping. The next time you need to buy someone a gift try using sites like iGive.com. You simply shop at one of the hundreds of stores in the iGive network and a portion of each purchase will be donated to your favorite cause. Or try buying products that support charities. This all-natural soap sells for just $3.99 a bar and the proceeds help to bring clean water to third world countries.
The easiest way to invest is by maxing out your 401K. Be sure to take full advantage of your employer’s match. Because this money comes right out of your earnings, when you get your paycheck chances are you won’t miss it.
By Alison Storm
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Brightening the home with new chandeliers and pendants may not be as expensive as one might think. Especially when shopping Home Depot. While supplies last, select chandeliers and pendants are up to 50% off and prices start as low as only $24.50. Pictured is the Hampton Bay Rock Creek 5-Light Iron Oxide Downlight Chandelier for only $90 (reg. $179.99). Look for similar deals throughout the sale.
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