Money Saving Secrets-cutting Corners and Saving Thousands

By: Mark Stevenson

Money Saving Secrets

Cutting Corners and Saving Thousands

When Jean found out she was pregnant, she wanted to figure out how she could stay home and raise her child. She and her husband, Joe, sat down and began to plan their future. First, they decided to move across the border from New Jersey to Pennsylvania. Just by moving, the taxes went from $7,000 to $2,900 - a drop of more than half. Not only did they find a house, they found their dream house atop an acre of wooded property. Still, they needed to change every aspect of their lives to accommodate their life decision.

One easy change they made was taking their trash to the dump, instead of having it picked up. Just by taking this trip, they now save $500 a year. Jean decided to get rid of her car loan and get a used, reliable minivan, which saved her $3,600 a year. Groceries, too, can be bargained. Using an online grocery site, Jean bids on her groceries and spends half the price. She then goes to her grocery store of choice. With her prepaid list, she picks up her groceries. What a deal! Change of season equals more savings. Jean bought her son's winter wardrobe for the next several years by buying sweat suits in various sizes. They usually retail from $10-$20, but she bought them for $1.50! She also trades clothes with her neighbor to cut corners.

Even on a budget, Jean still enjoys her luxuries. She. Instead of getting her nails done weekly, she gets them done twice a month and uses her loves manicures handy coupons.

Sometimes she gets tired of being it the bargain hunter, but once she catches a glimpse of her son in his stylish outfits, she knows it's all worth.

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