A Few Offbeat Ways to Stretch Your Money

Sep 03, 09 A Few Offbeat Ways to Stretch Your Money
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We are always looking for ways to save money.  Having a few extra dollars at the end of the month can go a long way towards helping you reach your overarching goals.  Most of us are familiar with the more common ways to save and stretch money.  But as we all know, you can always squeeze a little more blood from a turnip.

Buy In Bulk

You should stock up on a wide variety of non-perishable items, including food items such as cereal, pasta, and rice, and household items such as soap, toothpaste, and toilet paper.  Buying in bulk will help you save substantial sums of money over the course of the year.  Feel free to go here in order to find helpful advice about buying in bulk.

Bag Your Own Lunch

After buying in bulk, you can also save money by cooking and bringing your lunch to work.  Bringing your lunch will keep you away from vending machines, pastry stations, and expensive lunches.  You can even invest in a small, inexpensive coffee maker, which will keep you away from those costly lattes.

Use Public Transportation

If you live in a city with reliable public transportation, you should start using it.  Not only do you save time by avoiding long commutes, and money, but you can maintain productivity on your way to and from work.  If public transportation is not an option, join a work or neighborhood carpool.  You get all of the same benefits of public transportation, as well as the benefit of good company (hopefully).

Bargain Shop

Occasionally, you will need to purchase some new items.  However, you should never buy anything at its retail price.  You can find surprising bargains at thrift stores or recycling stations.  Online classified ads and online discount stores can also offer you substantial savings.  If you find something for what you believe is a good price, keep looking.  You can probably find it cheaper.

These are a few offbeat ways to stretch money.  If you have some other suggestions, please feel free to discuss them in the comments section.

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