Save More of the Green That Matters

Save Money“Many an opportunity is lost because a man is out looking for four-leaf clovers.” -Anonymous.

This weekend, you’ll be seeing a lot of green—in the form of four-leaf clovers, leprechauns and the arch in the middle of the rainbow.

But the most popular green? Dollar bills. Now’s a great time to talk about the green that really matters and ask yourself, “What am I doing to save more of it?”

Here are a few tips:

  • Many of us have a portion of each paycheck deposited directly into our savings. Increase that amount by upping it 1%. It’s little enough that you probably won’t notice it, but big enough to make a difference. If you make $50,000 a year, that’s an extra $500.
  • Discover your own pot of gold. Gather all the loose change around your house and bring it to a Coinstar machine. Trade it in for a gift card and Coinstar won’t deduct a fee. Plus, you can get gift cards to grocers like Albertsons or Scolari’s to buy the things you really need.
  • Check out BillShrink to see if you can reduce wireless and TV bills. According to their website, 8 out of 10 people overpay for cell phone service.
  • Spend gift cards before you lose them (somewhere over the rainbow). Or, sell cards you’ll never use on a gift card exchange site like Plastic Jungle. They take a cut of at least 8%, but that’s still more than you get when it sits in your wallet for eternity.
  • Increase your coupon potential. Add your store loyalty card to your profile so you can start adding coupons directly to your card.

One more tip: Tax Day is exactly one month away. Save money on filing with these tax software deals for 2013, including some great deals from H&R Block.


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