25+ Proven Ways to Save Money

Whether you want to save money fast on groceries or save lots of money for a house, here are our best ways to save.

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Finding creative ways to save money is in fashion these days (see TV shows like Extreme Couponing, for example!) and hopefully, the trend will continue. The days of ostentatious spending and opulent wealth are gone, and savvy thriftiness has taken its place. 

It might not look like much on the surface, but making small purchases from time to time can really add up, and you might not realize it until you see the amount in your savings account begin to dwindle. However, there are many other ways to save money aside from the obvious (like buying less stuff). For example, it is important to consider when you buy things, where you buy things, and which payment method you use. Every choice matters, and a penny saved is a penny earned. 

So stop paying so much for insurance, save some quarters at the gas pump, and embrace the budget. You are not being stingy or cheap; you are being extremely clever and frugal. It should not cost you a dime to save big money. There are other options these days aside from your standard piggy bank—though if you still like the clink of the coins falling into that hollow ceramic pig, don’t toss it to the curb just yet!

  1. Avoid gift cards
  2. Avoid locations like these with really expensive real estate
  3. Avoid these underwhelming tourism destinations
  4. Avoid traffic whenever possible
  5. Avoid traveling to or living in these cities
  6. Buy products that will last
  7. Choose a business that costs little to start
  8. Don’t fall for tourist scams
  9. Don’t get fooled by a catfish (it happens to way more people than you’d think)
  10. Familiarize yourself with these tricky strategies companies use to get you to spend more
  11. Get a really cheap pass that allows you to visit all of the United States’ national parks
  12. Get a remote job to save money on gas
  13. Get free software
  14. Get free stuff instead of buying it
  15. Improve your credit score
  16. Know how to get cheaper car insurance
  17. Know how to get cheaper home insurance
  18. Know when to buy plane tickets
  19. Know which products might continue to get cheaper (and which might continue to get more expensive)
  20. Move where your money goes the furthest
  21. Negotiate easily to get discounts
  22. Pay your debt off strategically
  23. Protect yourself from cyber attacks
  24. Reduce your rent by avoiding these places
  25. Understand how much you spend on makeup
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