I am a firm believer that finding a few good blogs to follow can be very beneficial for you. There are three blogs/sites that I normally go to a few times a day in order to catch up on the latest news, trends and anything else they post. I absolutely love Laughing Squid because it is a mix of news, gadgets, art and anything else they find interesting. I am also a fan of the site, Stumble Upon because you are able to select your interests and then you will be brought to sites based on your interests. I have come across a lot of different financial articles and tasty recipes from the website. The newest blog/site I have been following is Business Insider. They have tons of articles to choose from, and it varies from sports, to news, to finance and everything in between. I was on the Business Insider site and came across a great article which discussed the small things that are costing us hundreds, even thousands of dollars in the long run. Here are a few that stuck out to me.
Buying Items at Full Price
When it comes to this time of year, it's pretty easy to find a deal, but throughout the year it can be difficult to find a sale right off. Instead of buying the items right off, wait a bit or buy something similar at a cheaper price. This could be anything from clothing to food at the store. For food, look through fliers and see what is on sale that week. I rarely buy my meat at full price because stores often times have weekly sales. The same goes for clothing. If you see something you like in a store, hold off on it for a bit because chances are, you'll end up getting for a cheaper price in a few weeks. A few dollars here and there will save you hundreds throughout the year.
Not Preserving Your Food
Americans throw away a ton of food each year due to spoilage. It's slightly unbelievable how much we buy and don't use each year. Make sure your perishable food is used and not thrown away. Fresh fruits and vegetables are more vulnerable to spoilage than those that are frozen or canned. Make sure you wrap up leftover food in air tight containers or bags so it doesn't spoil as fast. I am a culprit of having to throw away some food, which also means I am essentially throwing cash in the trash. Preserve your food better and spend less money per shopping trip.
Leaving Your Electronics Plugged in
Many of us do this, and it's not always easy to remember to unplug items. Unfortunately, the more items that are plugged in, the more you will end up spending on your electric bill. If you have appliances that you rarely use, take them off the counters and unplug them so they don't drain electricity. Do this with bigger appliances like your TV, microwave and gaming consoles. You may not see a huge difference in monthly bills, but the savings will add up over time.
Click here for all seven tips on how to save thousands a year simply by changing some small habits we all have. I don't know about you, but a few thousand in my pocket at the end of each year would definitely go a long way.
Do you have any saving tips that help you save a little here and there?