5 Easy Money-Saving Tips

Saving money is not as exhausting as it is made out to be. Sometimes it is the little change in lifestyle that can help the most. Here are 5 easy money-saving techniques that you can start today:

1. Collect change. Its easy, its smart, its practically free money. A few months worth of change can add up to big bucks. I like to keep one jar in the laundry room, to empty jingling pockets, but the kitchen and bedrooms are good places too.

2. Avoid impulse purchases Using the 30 Day Rule, consider a purchase for 30 days, if you still want it after that time then it is worth the cost. Or, if you are pressed for time, the 10 Second Rule often works just as well, look at it for 10 seconds and evaluate the price and its usefulness. Decide for yourself if it is worth the money.

3. Collect aluminum cans. If you’re buying your pop in cans you are already paying for them to be recycled. But after they are empty you can sell them to local recycling companies that will pay you back for recycling. At approximately 6 cents per ounce of aluminum, you can earn some green while being green.

4. Avoid bottled water. It is comparable to the water that comes out of your tap, and much more expensive. The 24 bottles in a $12 pack of 16.9 oz bottles, would cost 50 cents individually. At that rate, you are purchasing a gallon of water for approximately $3.75, a price that is higher than many gallons of gas in Des Moines.

5. On date night, head out early for a matinee movie show and grab dinner afterward. Often the shows after a certain time are $2 to $3 more expensive. Carmike Cobblestone 9 adult tickets are $7 on a regular night and $5 for a matinee show. Carmike Wynnsong 16 adult tickets start at $9 from Sunday to Thursday and jump up to $9.75 on Fridays and Saturdays. But those prices drop to $6.50 and $6.75 for matinee shows. Also, both Carmike theaters offer $4 tickets on Tuesdays and during Super Bargain Matinee hours. Most other Des Moines theaters offer similar deals for matinee shows.

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