Money-Saving Tricks, Part 1

The Great Recession drags on and things don’t seem to be getting much better. Gas prices have eased somewhat since last year, but not much else. In the meantime, here are a few tricks to save money around the house. Some are obvious, but some are very clever. Thank the folks over at AARP for coming up with most of these…

  • Sell your junk, but first head over to to figure out how much it might be worth
  • Get the junk picked up for free by many nonprofit furniture banks. Find one at
  • Lower your A/C temp or, better yet, participate in Edison’s Summer Discount Plan.
  • Stop dripping faucets in their tracks. This can run into big money very quickly depending on the volume.
  • Rent out extra garage or storage room. Check out or
  • Get a free education online. Visit and click “OpenCourseWAre.”
  • Save on printer ink by using Century Gothic font using a third less the normal Arial. Who knew?
  • Get free computer help from volunteer techies at
  • Raise your homeowner’s deductible from $500 to $1000 to save up to 15%.

More savings for shopping and purchases… Don’t you just love the Internet? What did we ever do without this treasure trove of information?

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