For someone trying to cut back, one of the easiest expenses to cut is the entertainment budget. Eating out, going to the movies, going to a play or the opera, going to a bar or a night club, going to an entertainment park with kids — these are all a lot of fun, but they often don't seem as important as paying the bills. However, having fun is important. If your life is a bore, you'll soon fall off your strict budget. So you'll need to find ways to have fun without spending a lot. And the good news is, whether you're single, a couple, or a family with kids, there are many cheap and free entertainment options, if you get creative.
Besides a house, a vehicle is probably the most expensive purchase most people make. It costs tens of thousands of dollars, which is no small thing for most of us. So if you're looking to save money overall, saving money on a vehicle purchase is one of the fastest ways to save a chunk of change. Luckily, there are a number of good things you can do to reduce the cost of your next vehicle.
If you're not careful, getting in shape can cost quite a pretty penny. From the monthly cost of a gym membership, to very expensive home workout machines, to workout clothes, an MP3 player, a heart-rate monitor, costly shoes, very costly bicycles, health magazines and books, workout shakes and supplements, and more — physical fitness often isn't very cheap. However, you don't have to buy all that stuff, and if you'd like to get fit on a shoestring budget, it's very possible. Here's how.
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With the astronomical prices of fuel these days, many people have had to tighten their budgets to make room for more spending on gas. However, with the application of some gas-saving tips, you can keep your spending to within a reasonable range, and help save the environment at the same time.
A computer can often be one of the largest purchases you make, aside from home and auto, running well over $1,500 if you get a top model. However, if your budget doesn't allow for a purchase this large, don't fret — there are ways to buy a computer for a bargain and keep your budget intact.
Parents know that kids toys are getting more and more expensive these days — the newer and higher-tech toys can run in the hundreds of dollars. And kids always seem to want the latest and greatest toys they see on television and that they see their friends playing with. But at some point, the cost of these toys can get out of hand. And if you're looking to get a grasp on the situation and keep your budget from breaking, here are a few strategies that could help out.
Eating out can be tough on anyone's budget, and in general it's best to shop for yourself and eat at home. You can save half or more by cooking for yourself instead of eating out. However, it's always nice to relax, treat yourself (and your family), and eat a meal at a restaurant. Here are some ways to do that without breaking your budget.
Food is one of the biggest expenses, along with housing and cars, in most people's budget. If you're looking for ways to cut back on your budget, your food category should be one thing you look at closely — there's almost always ways to reduce your spending here. First, eat out less and cook your own food more — this will save tons of money right off the bat. But frugal grocery shopping can be an art — and with a little planning, can also be a lot of fun. Here are several tips to save you some big bucks over the long term.
You love to watch movies, and you're building up a collection, but you don't like to spend a lot on DVDs. Who does? But with some great online sites, there's no need to spend sticker price on DVDs ever again. From bargain basement sites to used DVDs, there are a myriad of options. What follows is a quick guide to cheap DVDs online.
Many of us are way too busy to do our share to help the environment — or at least, that's how it feels much of the time. We'd like to join the fight against global warming, but who has the time? Helping the environment isn't just good for the earth... it's good for your pocketbook too. You can do it in small ways, at home and when you drive, and those ways will add up to major changes worldwide, and big changes that you'll see in your budget. Continue reading for 10 tips on how to save money saving the planet.
When it comes to cutting back and saving money, The Bargainist is all for ways that don't hamper our lifestyle too much. Here are several ways to lower your electric bill and save money for things that count. Like gadgets and cat toys.
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