Sunday, October 14, 2012

5 Unusual Ways to Save Money

I asked my readers to share their zaniest ways to save money, and they sent me in these UNUSUAL tips.

Today, almost everyone is on a tight budget, and as a result of this, people these days do not mind using even some of the most bizarre, frugal and unusual money-saving ideas. If you feel that you are failing to save money just because you have tried everything, then you should consider the following 5 unusual, out-of-the-box ideas that will help you keep more money in your pocket. The following ideas might sound unusually crazy, but they are easy and will actually help you save money.

1. Going to the bathroom before leaving any public place or work

Why it seems unusual: You might think that this a bit too far.
Why it actually works: A significant amount of water used by every flush, and at times you also use toilet paper. If you go to the bathroom before leaving a public place or work, you won't have to go for quite some time once you are home, which will help you save more water and money that you could imagine.

2. Staying married

Why it seems unusual: Staying married, when a marriage becomes abusive or during extreme circumstances, might seem insane.

Why it actually works: No doubt, at times it becomes necessary to end a marriage but divorce can be considerably expensive. In fact, a divorce can have a drastic impact not only upon your life but upon your finances and the finances of your spouse as well. This is why you are advised to reconsider and avoid stay married.

3. Hiding Your Credit Cards

Why it seems unusual: You might think that hiding your credit cards is the same as getting them canceled.

Why it actually works: Hiding your credit cards is much easier and simpler than cancelling them. They will just be out of reach, but you will still have them if you ever need to use them during an emergency. If you have stashed your cards away, it will help you refrain from using them.

4. Turning your car off at stoplights

Why it seems unusual: You might think how you could possibly save money by turning your car off merely for a couple of seconds.

Why it actually works: You can save quite a lot of gas and money if you turn off your car whenever you have to wait at a stoplight for more than 30 seconds. This is one of the easiest sensible driving measures that you can take, which will add up to your money-saving endeavors.

5. Using a piggy bank

Why it seems unusual: You might think that using a piggy bank is for kids, and you would not really save anything.

Why it actually works: You do not have to use a piggy bank exactly; you can start saving pennies, dimes or even a few dollars in envelopes, sock drawers, under the mattress or in a savings account. Regardless of how or where you stash your savings, just make sure you continue saving a certain amount, and you will be surprised at how much you save by the end of the year.

These money-saving ideas might sound unusual, but they are also easy and simple at the same time. So it is worth giving them a try, and you will be surprised when you begin saving money with these frugal, unusual ideas.


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