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Simple ways to save money in 2011

Saving money is a topmost priority for people choosing the frugal way of life. No wonder these are the people who are never bothered by bad credit or debt. If you are not careful with your finances, you are just paving the path to future debt. Listed below are some tips which can help you save some cash this New Year. Read on to know what you can do to get more prudent with your money.

1) Track your spending: This is a common problem with most people. They do not keep track of their money which consequently results in spending beyond their means. Keeping a track of one’s expenditure is very important. This is the only way you can weed out unnecessary expenses. It helps you to stay within your budget and greatly reduces your chances of falling in debt.

2) Food expenses: Spending money on food consumes a major chunk of your expenses. How about setting a food budget? This can help you in ways more than one. Use coupons to get discount on food items. Use leftovers the next day in your menu plan and always buy sale items. These are just some of the ways you can opt to save cash.

3) Wait is the word: This one works at the psychological level but why not utilize it in your financial life too? Make a list of all the items you need to purchase from the supermarket. Now wait for a few days before you finally go to the market to buy it. Often, you will see that you will be in a position to strike out some items from the list. What you need to buy today might not be so necessary after a certain time.

4) Use cash: This one’s too clichéd but it can’t be stressed enough. Stop using your credit cards and start using cash to make your payments. If you can’t afford something, simply give up the urge to buy it at all. Using credit cards to meet your needs is unwise and will only put your financial life in danger.

5) Recycle: We always throw away things which we think cannot be used for any useful purpose. The trick is to be innovative. How about using your newspapers as wrapping papers or worn out socks as dust rag? Hey you can even use that coffee can as storage for pens or kids crayons! Just a little creativity from your end and you will be surprised at the amount you can save up.

These are just a few suggestions you can utilize to save money. Have you planned out a few yourself already? All the best!